Anyone can have a hot bod, but what I admire most is a clever wit and a fine mind. Simon Callow is a sassy character actor who shows up in pretty much every historical costume movie and TV show as that funny, quirky fellow who delivers a zinger when the script calls for it or is made to look the fool so the hero and heroine can come out on top. And that takes balls as an actor. So mad props to Mr. Callow — whose birthday is this week — and let’s celebrate his faaaaabulous historical roles.
Emanuel Schikaneder in Amadeus (1984)
George Frideric Handel in Honour, Profit & Pleasure (1985)
The Reverend Mr. Beebe in A Room With a View (1985)
Mr. Ducie in Maurice (1987)
Richard Cosway in Jefferson in Paris (1995)
Charles II in England, My England (1995)
Count Fosco in The Woman in White (1997)
Tilney – Master of the Revels in Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Charles Dickens in Doctor Who (2005 & 2011)
Duke of Sandringham in Outlander (2015-16)
What’s your favorite historical costume movie or TV show with Simon Callow?