Simon Callow is an actor, author and director.
He has written extensively about Charles Dickens, whom he has played in a one-man show, The Mystery of Charles Dickens by Peter Ackroyd; in the film Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairytale; and on television, including An Audience with Charles Dickens and twice in Doctor Who.
He created the role of Mozart in Peter Shaffer's Amadeus at the National Theatre in 1979; since then, his theatre work has included The Woman in White and Waiting for Godot (West End), Sir John Falstaff in Chimes at Midnight and Martin Dysart in Equus (Chichester), as well as many one-man shows including Being Shakespeare, De Profundis, Inside Wagner's Head and A Christmas Carol.
His many films include A Room with A View, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Phantom of the Opera, Viceroy's House, Hampstead, Blue Iguana, Victoria and Abdul, The Man Who Invented Christmas and his one-man version of A Christmas Carol,
Directing credits include Shirley Valentine (West End & Broadway), Single Spies (National Theatre) and Les Enfants du Paradis (RSC).
He has written biographies of Oscar Wilde, Charles Laughton, Charles Dickens, Orson Welles and Wagner, and three autobiographical books: Being An Actor, Love Is Where It Falls and My Life in Pieces. He has also made many appearances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Mozart Players.
Studied at Queen's University, Belfast and trained as an actor at the Drama Centre, London.