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  • Place of birth : London
  • Date of birth : 19/10/1941

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Simon Ward (1941)

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September 2010

Simon Ward is an English stage and film actor.

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 early life
Simon Ward was born in Beckenham, Kent, near London, the son of a car dealer. From an early age he wanted to be an actor. He was educated at Alleyn's School, London, the home of the National Youth Theatre, which he joined at age 13 and stayed with for eight years. Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, he made his professional stage debut with the Northampton Repertory in 1963 and his London theatrical bow one year later in The 4th of June. After the Royal Academy, he worked in repertory in Northampton, Birmingham and Oxford and occasionally in London's West End.

 later career
In 1986, Ward starred in the title role of Ross, the first West End revival of Terence Rattigan's play since its original run in 1960. It toured the UK and after a run at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto opened at The Old Vic and featured Marc Sinden as Dickinson, with David Langton, Roland Curram, Bruce Montague and Ernest Clark in supporting roles.

Simon Ward has made few movies since the 1970s, although he did have a major role in the Ralph Fiennes version of Wuthering Heights made in 1992, which also starred Ward's daughter Sophie Ward.

In 1995, at very short notice, he took over Stephen Fry's role in the play Cell Mates, after Fry walked out of the play near the start of its run.

From 2001-07 he appeared as Sir Monty Everard in the popular BBC television series Judge John Deed and in 2007-10 as Bishop Stephen Gardiner in The Tudors.

In 2010, Ward appeared in the title role in the British tour of Alan Bennett's play The Madness of George III.

Ward's third and youngest daughter Kitty, is married to British stand-up comedian Michael McIntyre.

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