Simon Callow
Biographical Information
Born June 15th, 1949
London, England
Productions James and the Giant Peach as Mr. Grasshopper
The Phantom of the Opera as Gilles Andre
The Woman in White as Count Fosco
Recordings James and the Giant Peach (soundtrack)
The Phantom of the Opera (film soundtrack)
Vocal Type Baritone

Simon Callow is an English actor.


Born in Streatham, London, Callow began to act after working for the National Theatre (a job he gained after writing to Laurence Olivier) and notably played Mozart in the original production of Amadeus. He later made his film debut in the adaptation of the same show, playing Emmanuel Schikaneder.

Callow gained greater recognition in Four Weddings and a Funeral, and became a successful director as well as an actor and writer. He often wrote about Charles Dickens, played him Doctor Who on two occasions, and performed one man versions of Dickens' books. He also starred in the all star version of Waiting for Godot with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.


Callow's baritone voice has brought him a number of singing roles, firstly as the voice of Mr. Grasshopper in James and the Giant Peach. In 2004 he appeared in The Phantom of the Opera, as Gilles Andre, one of the two theatre managers. Until shooting commenced, he was unsure whether he or Ciarán Hinds would be playing the role.

On-stage, Callow reprised his film role of Count Fosco in The Woman in White in 2005.


James and the Giant Peach (1996)Edit

  • That's the Life (contains solo lines)
  • That's the Life (reprise)
  • Eating the Peach (contains solo lines)
  • Family (contains solo lines)

The Phantom of the Opera (2004)Edit

  • Notes (contains solo lines)
  • Prima Donna (contains solo lines)
  • Masquerade (contains solo lines)
  • We Have All Been Blind (contains solo lines)


The Woman in White (2005)Edit

  • A Gift for Living Well (contains solo lines)
  • The Document (contains solo lines)
  • Act I Finale (contains solo lines)
  • Marian on the Ledge (duet)
  • Marian's Bedroom (duet)
  • The Nightmare (contains solo lines)
  • Fosco Tells of Laura's Death/The Funeral/London (contains solo lines)
  • Percival Gambles the Fruits of His Success (contains solo lines)
  • You Can Get Away With Anything (solo)
  • The Seduction (duet)
  • A Gift for Living Well (reprise)(solo)
  • I Can Get Away With Anything (solo)

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