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?
My favourites are Master Tilney in Shakespeare in Love, Reverend Mr Beebe in A Room With a View, His Grace of Sandringham in Outlander. His performances in all were subtle, thoughtful and memorable. I really wanted Jefferson in Paris to be Richard Cosway in Paris. Jefferson May have been a genius, but Nick Nolte portrayal was flat.
I’m rerenting Maurice and Room.
I would watch Richard Cosway in Paris over & over again :)
Most excellent choice! I fell in love with Simon in Four Weddings and Funeral “It’s Brigadoon! It’s Bloody Brigadoon!” and have loved him ever since.
Yes! Not historical, but that’s one of my very favorite movies.
Given how dates the costumes and Hugh Grant’s hair is, you would forgiven for mistaking it for one – ;)
“Dated” not “Dates”
I’ve small-talked with him at a wedding!! Absolutely lovely guy – we talked about bees and how Napoleon used them as a motif. (Yeah, I guess my small talk isn’t like most other people’s small talk….)
Color me jealous ;)
I met him once at the stage door–not of his own play.
He was picking up Alan Rickman after a performance of Private Lives. :D
Lucky you. I’m soo jealous. In fact, I’m mint ice-cream with toppings jealous😁🍧🍧
I’ve always wondered why Napoleon used Bees as his motif, unless it was sheer ego. Did you discover the reason?
Bees were a roman symbol of industry and community. Also at a distance they look like Fleur-de-Lys.
He was so great in Shakespeare in Love.
He has a cameo that is uncredited in Howards End, as the music appreciation lecturer. When he appeared on screen, my sis and I screamed, “Mr. Beebe!” The rest of the audience was not amused.
Yes! If I could have found a good picture, I’d have included that too :)
I love Simon Callow. Not a historical role, but he plays Julian Fellowes, hilariously, in the Red Nose day comedy spoof of “Uptown Downstairs Abbey” parts one and two. There are many other great cameos (Patsy and Edina!).
I loooove this. Joanna Lumley is so funny as the disgruntled housekeeper.
How about his M. Andre in “Phantom of the Opera,” who together with Ciaran Hinds’s M. Firmin, made their fortune in the junk business.
Though he’ll always be Rev. Mr. “How do you do, come and have a bathe” Beebe to me!
Mister Beebe wins for the skinny dipping scene! That costume in Shakespeare in Love is to die for, though.
He’s in Derek Jarman’s “Sebastiane”, under a nom de plume, wearing an enormous fake nose. You just have to close your eyes though to know it’s him.