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  • Lived in Zambia (then known as Northern Rhodesia) for three years while growing up.
  • After leaving school his first job was in the box office of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre at the Old Vic in London. He was offered the job after writing a fan letter to Olivier.
  • Made his stage debut in 1973 in The Thrie Estates at Edinburgh's Assembly Hall Theatre.
  • Has done a series of one-man shows that toured internationally, including The Importance of Being Oscar, There Reigns Love and Being Shakespeare.
  • Has written biographies of Charles Laughton and Orson Welles.


  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1994, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1986, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee


  • Yvonne Mary Callow — Mother
  • Neil Francis Callow — Father


  • Attended Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

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  • Birth Name: Simon Phillip Hugh Callow
  • Birth Place: Streatham, London, England
  • Birthday: June 15, 1949, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Writer
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