Actor Simon Callow holds Charles Dickens’ wooden walking stick.

'Nothing is out of date': read the news according to Charles Dickens

Actor Simon Callow holds Charles Dickens’ wooden walking stick.

Simon Callow: The Mystery of Charles Dickens [DVD] [2002]

Simon Callow: The Mystery of Charles Dickens [DVD] [2002]

Charles Dickens circa 1850. Photograph: Herbert Watkins

My hero: Charles Dickens by Simon Callow

Simon Callow's dressing room at the Haymarket Theatre where he writes between peformances of Waiting For Godot. Photograph: Eamonn McCabe  As that odd portmanteau commodity, an actor-writer-director, I rarely have long in any one place for writing. I'm often on the road, or in a film studio, and I snatch my time wherever and whenever I can. I wrote a great deal of my first book about Orson Welles in my trailer in the middle of various fields while appearing in Four Weddings and a Funeral...

Writers' rooms: Simon Callow

Simon Callow's dressing room at the Haymarket Theatre where he writes between peformances of Waiting For Godot. Photograph: Eamonn McCabe As that odd portmanteau commodity, an actor-writer-director, I rarely have long in any one place for writing. I'm often on the road, or in a film studio, and I snatch my time wherever and whenever I can. I wrote a great deal of my first book about Orson Welles in my trailer in the middle of various fields while appearing in Four Weddings and a Funeral...

His acting 'method' has been adopted by stars from Brando to Day-Lewis, but Stanislavski's company rejected his theories – and the Russian felt his own acting was lacking. Simon Callow explains

Simon Callow: Stanislavski was racked by self-doubt

His acting 'method' has been adopted by stars from Brando to Day-Lewis, but Stanislavski's company rejected his theories – and the Russian felt his own acting was lacking. Simon Callow explains

Chance in a Million, starrring Simon Callow and Brenda Blethyn, 1984-86

Chance in a Million, starrring Simon Callow and Brenda Blethyn, 1984-86

Simon Callow, Actor: Amadeus. Simon Callow was born on June 13, 1949 in London, England as Simon Phillip Hugh Callow. He is an actor, known for Amadeus (1984), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) Phantom Of The Opera (2004).

Simon Callow, Actor: Amadeus. Simon Callow was born on June 13, 1949 in London, England as Simon Phillip Hugh Callow. He is an actor, known for Amadeus (1984), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) Phantom Of The Opera (2004).

Simon Callow: Orson Welle's 'luck' adapting HG Wells's War of the Worlds

Simon Callow: Orson Welle's 'luck' adapting HG Wells's War of the Worlds

Simon Callow has released a third biographical volume of his 28 year study of Orson Welles

James Alexander Matthews: Simon Callow Portrait Sculpture

James Alexander Matthews: Simon Callow Portrait Sculpture

Orson Welles, Volume 1: The Road to Xanadu (Orson Welles / Simon Callow)

Orson Welles, Volume 1: The Road to Xanadu (Orson Welles / Simon Callow)

Orson Welles, Volume The Road to Xanadu (Orson Welles / Simon Callow)

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