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Simon Callow

Highest Rated:   100% A Room With a View (1985)
Lowest Rated:   0% Rag Tale (2005)
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Stout, jovial character actor Simon Callow has been enlivening the stage and screen for years, often in roles that highlight his versatility and capacity for a particular brand of good-natured, self-deprecating humor.Born in London on June 13, 1949, Callow began going to the theatre when he was 18 and working at a bookstore with no idea of what to do with his life. He took a particular interest in the Old Vic, which was being run by Laurence Olivier at the time. Deeply impressed with Olivier's talent, Callow wrote to him. To his great surprise, the esteemed actor responded in kind, telling the young man that if he was interested in acting, he should consider taking a job at the Old Vic's box office. Callow did so, and thus made his entrance into the theatre world. He subsequently became a fixture on the London stage, appearing in numerous productions over the years.Callow made his film debut with a substantial supporting role in 1984 in Milos Forman's Amadeus. Two years later, he endeared himself to transatlantic audiences with his portrayal of the bumbling reverend Mr. Beeb in Merchant-Ivory's celebrated adaptation of E.M. Forster's A Room with a View. He would also appear in two more Merchant-Ivory-Forster adaptations, Maurice (1987), in which he had a brief role as the title character's deluded school teacher, and Howards End (1992), which featured him in the small but memorable role of a pompous lecturer on music appreciation.In addition to his numerous collaborations with Merchant-Ivory (which also include Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, 1990, and Jefferson in Paris, 1995), Callow has worked in a number of diverse British and American productions. Perhaps one of his best-loved and most recognizable roles was in the popular Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994). As one of Hugh Grant's motley circle of friends, the ebullient, flamboyant Gareth, Callow injected both poignance and joie de vivre into the proceedings. His character particularly stood out for being in an open, unapologetic relationship with another man (John Hannah), something that at the time had few parallels in American films. The character also highlighted Callow's status as one of Britain's openly gay actors, which also had regrettably few parallels across the Atlantic.Among the other diverse films he appeared in throughout the '90s, Callow particularly stood out in the animated James and the Giant Peach (1996), in which he voiced the wise Grasshopper; the acclaimed Shakespeare in Love (1998), which featured him as the obnoxious, party-pooping Master of Revels; and Rose Troche's omnisexual romantic comedy Bedrooms & Hallways (1998), in which Callow starred as the painfully sincere guru of a men's consciousness-raising group.Keeping busy into the new millenium, Callow noteably appeared among the ensemble cast of Mike Nichols' critically-acclaimed HBO mini-series Angels in America.In addition to working in front of the camera, Callow has spent a fair amount of time behind it as a director. In 1991, he made his feature directorial and screenwriting debut with the film version of Carson McCullers' Ballad of the Sad Cafe. Two years earlier, he had made his Broadway debut as the director of Shirley Valentine. And, apparently averse to having too much free time, Callow is also the author of numerous books on acting and actors. In particular, his biographies of Orson Welles and Charles Laughton have met with great acclaim, further establishing Callow as an actor who is more than just the sum of his parts.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
57% Viceroy's House
  • Actor
2017
27% Golden Years
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Creditors
  • Actor
2015
72% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Being Shakespeare
  • Actor
2014
43% Late Bloomers
  • Richard
2012
8% Acts of Godfrey
  • Godfrey
2012
19% Love's Kitchen
  • Guy Witherspoon
2011
No Score Yet Crowley
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Chemical Wedding (Crowley - Back from Hell)
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Arn - Tempelriddaren (Arn: The Knight Templar)
  • Father Henry
2007
No Score Yet Surveillance 24/7
  • Actor
2007
72% Flushed Away
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Best Man, Worst Friend
  • Publisher
2006
No Score Yet The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
  • Russell
2006
No Score Yet Ripley Under Ground
  • Actor
2005
0% Rag Tale
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet The Civilization of Maxwell Bright
  • Mr. Wroth
2005
32% The Phantom of the Opera
  • Andre
2005
No Score Yet Bob the Butler
  • Mr. Butler
2005
No Score Yet George and the Dragon (Dragon Sword)
  • King Edgar
2004
No Score Yet Vecchi: L'Amfiparnaso
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Mystery of Charles Dickens
  • Actor
2003
65% Bright Young Things
  • King of Anatolia
2003
No Score Yet Mystery of Charles Dickens
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Hans Christian Andersen - My Life As A Fairytale
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Galileo's Battle for the Heavens
  • Actor
2002
0% Merci Docteur Rey
  • Bob
2002
93% No Man's Land
  • Soft
2001
60% Thunderpants
  • Sir John Osgood
2001
No Score Yet Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairy Tale
  • Charles Dickens
2001
20% Christmas Carol - The Movie
  • Ebenezer Scrooge
2001
69% Bedrooms and Hallways
  • Keith
1999
No Score Yet Chance in a Million
  • Actor
1999
92% Shakespeare in Love
  • Tilney, Master of the Revels
1998
No Score Yet The Scarlet Tunic
  • Capt. Fairfax
1998
93% James and the Giant Peach
  • Grasshopper
1996
33% Ace Ventura - When Nature Calls
  • Vincent Cadby
1995
33% Jefferson in Paris
  • Richard Cosway
1995
No Score Yet Victory
  • San Giacomo
1995
67% Night of Love
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet England, My England
  • Charles II
1995
15% Street Fighter
  • A.N. Official
1994
95% Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • Gareth
1994
92% Howards End
  • Music Lecturer
1992
67% The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1991
No Score Yet The Crucifer of Blood
  • Inspector Lestrade
1991
80% Mr. & Mrs. Bridge
  • Dr. Sauer
1990
90% Postcards from the Edge
  • Simon Asquith
1990
No Score Yet Manifesto
  • Police Chief Hunt
1989
91% Maurice
  • Mr. Ducie
1987
No Score Yet The Good Father
  • Mark Varner
1986
100% A Room With a View
  • Reverend Beebe
1985
No Score Yet George Frideric Handel - Honour, Profit and Pleasure
  • Handel
1985
95% Amadeus
  • Emanuel Schikaneder
1984
No Score Yet Amadeus: Directors Cut
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Woman in White
  • Actor
1982
100% Jane Eyre
  • Actor
1944

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
90% Galavant
2015-2016
  • Edwin the Magnificent
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Vernon Oxe
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
  • Galileo Galilei
88% Doctor Who
2006
  • Charles Dickens
No Score Yet Miss Marple
2004-2013
  • Actor
89% Angels in America
2003
  • Prior No. 2
No Score Yet Inspector Lewis
2007-2015
  • Vernon Oxe

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