Simon Callow is one of the UK’s most eminent actors. He is also a renowned writer and theatre director.
His 131 film appearances so far include: Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), A Room with a View (1985) and Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Simon Callow's immersion in the theatre began after he wrote a fan letter to Sir Laurence Olivier, the Artistic Director of the National Theatre, and received a response suggesting he join their box office staff. It was while watching actors rehearse that he realised he wanted to act.
He made his stage debut in 1973, appearing in The Thrie Estates at the Assembly Rooms Theatre, Edinburgh.
Simon Callow has also written biographies of Oscar Wilde, Charles Laughton and Orson Welles. He is currently at work on the fourth volume of his life of Welles. He has also written an anthology of Shakespeare passages, Shakespeare on Love, and contributed to Cambridge's Actors on Shakespeare series. Callow was also the reader of The Twits and The Witches in the Puffin Roald Dahl Audio Books Collection (ISBN 978-0-140-92255-4) and has done audio versions of several abridged P.G. Wodehouse books that feature, among others, the fictional character Jeeves. They include Very Good, Jeeves and Aunts Aren't Gentlemen.
A devotee of classical music, he has contributed articles to Gramophone magazine.