Simon Callow is an actor, director and writer, who has long been an icon of British production. From stage to screen and everything in between, Simon has commanded the industry with his epic contributions. Equally influential in his public life, as one of the first openly homosexual actors, Simon has been pivotal in changing perceptions throughout his nearly 50-year career.
Best known for his roles in films like Four Weddings and a Funeral which he was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor BAFTA in 1994, Simon Callow is one of Britain’s best-loved performers. Other notable films include Shakespeare in Love, another award-nominated picture, Phantom of the Opera and a Christmas Carol. Known for excelling in classic roles such as Shakespearian and Dickensian characters, Simon has also appeared in numerous theatre roles, directed operatic productions and written his own works.
Coming out as gay in his debut book ‘Being an Actor’ Simon released the publication in 1984, a taboo era for homosexuality. Despite an expected mix response, from homophobia to admiration, Simon has continued to live unapologetically as himself, using his platform to change the culture around being gay. In 2007 he was named on The Independent’s Most Influential Gay men & Women in the UK List, a testament to his impact.
Most recently, Simon has turned his attention to writing critically acclaimed books, starring in popular series like Death in Paradise and narrating television work. Additionally, he is highly sought after for speaking engagements, thanks to his extensive career and high-profile presence in the LGBT+ community. For firsthand experiences, captivating anecdotes and advice on inclusivity, book Simon for your next event.