Simon Callow

Simon Callow

Highest Rated: 100% A Room With a View (1985)

Lowest Rated: 0% Merci Docteur Rey (2002)

Birthday: Jun 13, 1949

Birthplace: Not Available

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.


Highest Rated Movies



37% Blue Iguana Uncle Martin 2018
No Score Yet A Christmas Carol Screenwriter Actor 2018
No Score Yet The Dead Room Actor 2018
79% The Man Who Invented Christmas Leech $5.7M 2017
66% Victoria & Abdul Actor $21.7M 2017
73% Viceroy's House Cyril Radcliffe $1.1M 2017
No Score Yet 50 Years Legal Actor 2017
23% Golden Years Actor 2016
No Score Yet Creditors Actor 2015
73% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles Actor $9.3K 2014
No Score Yet Being Shakespeare Actor 2014
40% 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
73% Flushed Away Actor $64.5M 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
29% Rag Tale Actor 2005
No Score Yet The Civilization of Maxwell Bright Mr. Wroth 2005
33% The Phantom of the Opera Andre $51.2M 2005
No Score Yet Bob the Butler Mr. Butler 2005
65% Bright Young Things King of Anatolia $0.9M 2004
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
No Score Yet Galileo's Battle for the Heavens Actor 2002
0% Merci Docteur Rey Bob 2002
93% No Man's Land Soft $1M 2001
60% Thunderpants Sir John Osgood 2001
No Score Yet Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairy Tale Charles Dickens 2001
13% 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
No Score Yet The Woman in White Count Fosco 1998
91% James and the Giant Peach Grasshopper 1996
32% Ace Ventura - When Nature Calls Vincent Cadby 1995
31% 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
11% Street Fighter A.N. Official 1994
96% Four Weddings and a Funeral Gareth 1994
94% Howards End Music Lecturer $0.2M 1992
71% The Ballad of the Sad Cafe Screenwriter Director 1991
No Score Yet The Crucifer of Blood Inspector Lestrade 1991
80% Mr. & Mrs. Bridge Dr. Sauer 1990
84% Postcards from the Edge Simon Asquith 1990
No Score Yet Manifesto Police Chief Hunt 1989
90% 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
93% Amadeus Emanuel Schikaneder 1984
No Score Yet Amadeus: Directors Cut Actor 1984
100% Jane Eyre Actor 1944


89% Galavant
Edwin the Magnificent 2016
No Score Yet Inspector Lewis
Vernon Oxe 2010
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Vernon Oxe 2010
73% The Company
Elihu Epstein 2007
93% Doctor Who
Charles Dickens 2006
No Score Yet Midsomer Murders
No Score Yet Miss Marple
No Score Yet Mystery!
Col. Melchett Kemp 2005
92% Angels in America
Prior No. 2 2003
No Score Yet NOVA
Galileo Galilei 2002
No Score Yet Inspector Morse


Grasshopper says: What's your latitude? What's your longitude?

Centipede says: Hey, hey, hey! That question's personal, bud!

Gilles Andre says: Senorita, these things do happen.

La Carlotta says: For the past 3 years, "these things do happen" and did you stop them from happening? No! And you two! You are as bad as him! "These things do happen." *grunts with anger* Until you stop these things from happening, this thing does not happen.

La Carlotta says: For the past 3 years, 'these things do happen' and did you stop them from happening? No! And you two! You are as bad as him! 'These things do happen.' *grunts with anger* Until you stop these things from happening, this thing does not happen.

Centipede says: I sailed all the five seas, from the sunlit beaches of Bora-Bora, to the icy shores of Tripoli! Commander Centipede, they used to call me!

Grasshopper says: Seven.

Centipede says: Huh?

Grasshopper says: There are SEVEN seas, and Tripoli is in the subtropics, commander.

Mr. Beebe says: ''If she ever takes to living as she plays, it will be very exciting -both for us and for her.''

Mr. Beebe says: If she ever takes to living as she plays, it will be very exciting-both for us and for her.

Lefevre says: We get our opera!

Gilles Andre says: (whispers) She gets her line right...

Gilles Andre says: (whispers) She gets her line right.

Gilles Andre says: [whispers] She gets her line right.

Carlotta says: [whispers] She gets her limelight.