Callow made his stage debut in 1973, appearing in The Thrie Estates at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Edinburgh. In the early 1970s he joined the Gay Sweatshop Theatre Company and performed in Martin Sherman's critically acclaimed Passing By. During the late 1970s he took various parts in the Joint Stock Theatre Company's production of Epsom Downs and starred in Snoo Wilson's The Soul of the White Ant at the Soho Poly. He went on to play Mozart in the original stage production of Amadeus at the Royal National Theatre in the late 1970s.
His first appearance in a musical was in 2005, when he starred as the villainous Count Fosco in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White. In 2008, he appeared as the psychiatrist in Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Peter Shaffer’s Equus.
During the summer of 2008, Callow performed There Reigns Love at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada, an acclaimed performance of Shakespeare’s sonnets. This was followed by the solo show, Dr Marigold & Mr Chops, at the Edinburgh Festival. The play, originally by Charles Dickens, was subsequently adapted and directed by Patrick Garland. This production was re-staged at the Riverside Studios from December 2009 to January 2010 prior to a national tour.
In 2009, Callow played Pozzo in Sean Mathias’s production of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, starring opposite Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart and Ronald Pickup. An extensive national tour ended at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, where the run was extended due to demand.
Callow’s national tour of his one-man play, Shakespeare: The Man from Stratford ran from June to November 2010. It was written by Jonathan Bate, directed by Tom Cairns and produced by the Ambassador Theatre Group. The play was renamed Being Shakespeare for its West End debut at the Trafalgar Studios, where it opened on 15 June 2011. It is returning to the West End this year.
Simon made his first film appearance as Schikaneder, in Amadeus (1984), having played Mozart in the original stage production at the Royal National Theatre in the late 1970s. Following this has been a number of much-loved film roles, the first of which was playing Gareth in the hugely popular British comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral. He has played the part of Charles Dickens on a number of occasions, and on film in Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairytale. Callow also featured in the film adaptation of Wilkie Collin’s novel The Woman in White, as Count Fosco, a role he later revisited on stage.
|2011||No Ordinary Trifle||Guy Witherspoon|
|2007||Chemical Wedding||Professor Haddo/Aleister Crowley|
|2007||Arn – The Knight Templar||Father Henry|
|2005||Rag Tale||Fat Boy|
|2005||The Civilization of Maxwell Bright||Mr. Wroth|
|2005||Bob the Butler||Mr. Butler|
|2004||George and the Dragon||King Edgar|
|2004||The Phantom of the Opera||Andre|
|2003||Bright Young Things||King of Anatolia|
|2002||Thunderpants||Sir John Osgood|
|2002||Merci Docteur Rey||Bob|
|2001||No Man's Land||Soft|
|2001||Christmas Carol: The Movie||Ebenezer Scrooge|
|1999||Around the World in 80 Days||Phileas Fogg (voice)|
|1998||The Scarlet Tunic||Captain Fairfax|
|1998||Bedrooms and Hallways||Keith|
|1998||Shakespeare in Love||Sir Edmund Tilney|
|1996||James and the Giant Peach||Grasshopper (voice)|
|1995||England, My England||Charles II|
|1995||Jefferson in Paris||Richard Cosway|
|1995||Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls||Vincent Cadby|
|1994||Four Weddings and a Funeral||Gareth|
|1994||Street Fighter||A.N. Official|
|1992||Soft Top Hard Shoulder||Eddie Cherdowski|
|1991||The Ballad of the Sad Cafe||Director only|
|1991||Howards End||Music and Meaning Lecturer (cameo)|
|1990||Postcards from the Edge||Simon Asquith|
|1990||Mr. & Mrs. Bridge||Dr. Alex Sauer|
|1988||Manifesto||Police Chief Hunt|
|1985||The Good Father||Mark Varda|
|1985||A Room with a View||The Reverend Mr. Beebe|
Callow starred in several series of Chance in a Million (Channel 4), a sitcom in which Callow played the eccentric protagonist Tom Chance. He once again stepped into the role of Charles Dickens in An Audience with Charles Dickens (BBC, 1996) and, on two occasions, in BBC1’s hit science-fiction series Doctor Who.
In addition, Simon has appeared in the television series Little Napoleons (1994) alongside Saeed Jaffrey and in 2004’s Comic Relief episode of Little Britain.
|2011||Doctor Who - "The Wedding of River Song"||Charles Dickens||BBC|
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|2011||Jamie's Dream School||Himself||Channel 4|
|2009||Lewis - "Counter Culture Blues"||Vernon Oxe||ITV|
|2008||The Mr. Men Show||narrator||Five|
|2007||How Gay Sex Changed the World||Himself||Channel 4|
|2007||Trick or Treat - Episode 4||Himself||Channel 4|
|2006||Midsomer Murders - "Dead Letters"||Doctor Richard Wellow||ITV|
|2006||Classical Destinations||Narrator||Sky Arts|
|2005||Doctor Who - "The Unquiet Dead"||Charles Dickens||BBC|
|2004||Shoebox Zoo||Wolfgang the Wolf/Hunter the Horse||BBC Scotland|
|2003||Angels in America||Prior Walter Ancestor #2||Avenue Pictures Productions|
|2001||Don't Eat The Neighbours||Fox & Bear||CITV|
|1998||Trial & Retribution II||Rupert Halliday||La Plante Productions|
|1996||An Audience With Charles Dickens 1996, Ambassador Theatre||Charles Dickens||BBC|
|1994||Little Napoleons||Edward Feathers||Channel 4|
|1993||Femme Fatale||Vicar Ronnie||BBC|
|1990||Old Flames||Nathaniel Quass||BBC|
|1987||Inspector Morse: The Wolvercote Tongue||Theodore Kemp||ITV|
|1986||Dead Head||Hugo Silver||BBC|
|1986||David Copperfield||Mr Micawber||BBC|
|1984||Chance in a Million||Tom Chance||Channel 4|
|1981||The Man of Destiny||Napoleon||BBC|
|1976||The Sweeney||Detective Sergeant||Thames Television|
|1975||Get Some In!||Wally||Thames Television|