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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 14 November 2010

John chats to Four weddings and a Funeral star Simon Callow about his early days as a student in Belfast through to his acting successes on both stage and screen.

  • John meets Simon Callow

    John meets Simon Callow

    Simon Callow decided he wanted to be an actor so he wrote a letter to Laurence Olivier asking for a job at the National Theatre. And he got one! Not on the stage, but in the box office selling tickets. From that inauspicious start he went on to become an actor with an international reputation for his work on stage, films and television. The big breakthrough came when he played the gay Scot in Four Weddings and a Funeral. After that he went to Hollywood, had some memorable adventures and along the way picked up the description of “the best loved luvvie in the business”.

    His one-man performances as Charles Dickens and Shakespeare have attracted critical acclaim and he is now in a position to pick and choose which roles he accepts or rejects. I met him in his London club, a mere curtain call away from the West End and talked about acting, being gay, and joining the Civil Rights Movement when he was a student at Queen's University in Belfast.


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