Simon Williams

Active - 1971 - 2017  |   Born - Jun 16, 1946 in Windsor, Berkshire, England  |   Genres - Drama, Science Fiction, Comedy

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Biography by Sandra Brennan

Fans of the early-'70s PBS Masterpiece Theatre saga Upstairs Downstairs will recognize British actor Simon Williams for playing Captain James Bellamy. Williams made his first film appearance in The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971). Williams is primarily a supporting actor and left films in 1984, only to return in 1997 to appear in the Chinese production Yapian Zhanzheng (The Opium War). Williams is the son of actors Hugh Williams and Margaret Vyner.

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  • Pretended he was the captain of a previous school's football team to earn a place at Harrow School.
  • Trained in repertory at Worthing, Birmingham and Bath.
  • His first acting role was as the genie of the lamp in Aladdin.
  • Along with Angela Thorne, was the Chairman of the Actors' Children's Trust from 1989 to 2005.
  • Wrote the comedy play Nobody's Perfect, casting his daughter Amy in the theatre production in 2001.
  • Played the role of Bernard Kersal in a theatre production of The Constant Wife at the Apollo Theatre in London in 2002.
  • Played Captain Hastings in BBC Radio 4 adaptations of Agatha Christie's Poirot in 2008.
  • Is a trustee of The Sir Terence Rattigan Charitable Trust.
  • Has played the role of Justin Elliot in the long-running radio serial The Archers since 2014.