Welcome to Simon Callow's Website
Simon Callow CBE is a British actor, director and writer. He has appeared in many films, including the hugely popular Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Phantom of the Opera, Amadeus and the Hollywood blockbuster Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls.
As a stage actor, Simon has played some of the theatre’s most iconic roles. These have ranged from Titus Andronicus, Mozart in Amadeus and Faust to Oscar Wilde in The Importance of Being Oscar, Captain Hook and Pozzo in Waiting For Godot, opposite Sir Ian McKellen, Ronald Pickup and Patrick Stewart.
Simon has also written 13 books. These include Being an Actor, Shooting the Actor, a highly acclaimed biography of Charles Laughton, a biographical trilogy of Orson Welles (of which the first two parts have now been published), Love is Where it Falls and his memoir My Life in Pieces.
As both an actor and writer, Simon has come to be greatly associated with the work of Charles Dickens. In addition to playing the writer on stage, film and television, Simon has also performed some of Dickens’ theatre pieces: Dr Marigold & Mr Chops, and A Christmas Carol.
Simon’s latest book, Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World (HarperPress), was published on 7 February 2012. You can order your copy here.