- 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.
- 1995, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
- 1987, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- Neil Francis Callow — Father
- Yvonne Mary Callow — Mother
- Attended Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Birth Name: Simon Phillip Hugh Callow
- Birth Place: Streatham, London, England
- Profession: Actor, Director, Writer
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