MCM: Simon Woods


Simon Woods started as an actor, playing key roles in a series of frock flicks and knocking my socks off with his cuteness. He decided to leave acting, got married, and became a writer, with his play Hansard premiering in London in 2019. Nonetheless, coming across him in The Last King reminded me of just how damn cute he is, and I decided he needed some lovin’!

Note: he was in two productions for which I can’t find pictures, TV movie The Queen’s Sister (2005) in which he played Roddy Llewellyn, who dated Princess Margaret of Britain; and Angel (2007), in which he played “Clive Fennelly.”

Cambridge Spies (2003)

A TV miniseries about the Cambridge Five spy ring, who spied for the Soviet Union, from 1934 to the 1951. Woods played Charlie Givens.

2003 Cambridge Spies

Woods has a perfectly English look, so you can see why he’d suit such a role.

2003 Cambridge Spies

I have no idea if his character is based on a real person.

The Last King (2003)

As Captain Churchill, who is caught shagging King Charles II’s former mistress Barbara Villiers, in a quick scene.

2003 The Last King ep3

He hops out of bed, stands around in a long shirt, and admits he’s shagging Babs for the money.

Foyle’s War (2004)

A British World War II-set detective series. Woods is in the episode called “Enemy Fire.”

2004 foyle's War

This is the kind of series that totally leaves us cold.

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

As possibly the cutest Mr. Bingley in the otherwise mostly terrible Jane Austen adaptation.

2005 Pride & Prejudice

He makes a GREAT redhead, especially with that floppy hair!

2005 Pride & Prejudice

He’s sensitive!

2005 Pride & Prejudice

He’s the nicest member of this group!

2005 Pride & Prejudice

And he rocks those high collars.

Elizabeth I (2005)

Woods plays the small part of “Gifford” in one episode of the Helen Mirren miniseries.

2005 Elizabeth I

This was the best I could do, sorry!

Rome (2007)

As the grown-up version of Roman Emperor Gaius Octavian Caesar in the HBO series.

2007 Rome

His character is massively messed up, but you would be too coming from that family.

2007 Rome

He’s got the manspread down.

2007 Rome

He can pull off regal.

2007 Rome

Okay that’s perfect framing!

Cranford (2007)

As dreamy Dr. Harrison in this rural English village story set in the 1830s.

2007 Cranford

His pants could stand to be tighter, but I’m loving all the layers!

2007 Cranford

Working those sideburns!

2007 Cranford

SUCH a cutie!

Which of Simon Woods’s period roles do you love best?


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Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

11 Responses

  1. Roxana

    Very cute! And he does sleazy so we’ll! Don’t you just long to punch his Cambridge Spies character?

    • SarahV

      There soooooo many handsome men in Cambridge Spies. Especially peak hotness Toby Stephens.

      Oh hell, who am I kidding. He might be at peak hotness now, at 51.

  2. Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

    According to Wikipedia, he married Christopher Bailey who used to be the head of Burberry.

  3. Adina

    He was awful in Rome, especially compared to the kid they had playing Octavian before. I get that they had to change to an adult actor because the plots were changing, and they obviously didn’t want to make a kid do the messed up stuff, but he was just completely wooden.
    I don’t know if it was him or the direction or the script, but it sounded like he was told to just read every line with the same blank voice and blank expression.

    • SarahV

      This. And then brought in an equally terrible actress to play the young Livia Augusta and it sucked so hard, when you should have been recoiling terror at what this super power couple was going to do, especially Livia.

      • Maggie May

        A new version of I, Claudius would not be a bad idea. The sets were beautifully detailed, but everything was obviously shot in the studio. Higher production values would be great

        But how could they equal that cast? So many before they became famous….

    • Estef

      “I don’t know if it was him or the direction or the script.” So why you say he is the problem? Lol. GYST.

  4. Karen K.

    I wondered whatever happened to him! I loved him in Cranford and he was wonderful as Bingley. (Oddly enough, Bingley from the ’95 P&P also gave up acting and is now an English teacher). I honestly can’t remember him in anything else, though I’ve seen most of those.

  5. SarahV

    in the screen grabs for Cambridge Spies (2003) – is that a wee Sam Heughan with him?


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