Simon Paisley Day

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Not to be confused with Simon Day.
Simon Paisley Day
Born (1967-04-13) 13 April 1967 (age 47)
Gillingham, Kent, England
Occupation Actor

Simon Paisley Day (born 1967 in Gillingham, Kent) also known as Simon Day is a British stage and screen actor. His most recent work includes Timon of Athens (2008), Entertaining Mr Sloane (2009), Private Lives (2010), Twelfth Night (National Theatre, 2011), The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare's Globe, 2012) and portraying Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon in the 2012 ITV mini-series Titanic.

Early life[edit]

Paisley Day was born in Gillingham, Kent. He read Drama and American Literature at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Afterwards, Paisley Day undertook training at Bristol Old Vic for two years before embarking on a career as an actor.[1]


Paisley Day has worked extensively in theatre, performing in several productions at the National Theatre.[2] He was appeared in such productions as Twelfth Night, Love's Labour's Lost, Hamlet and the epic musical, Oh, What a Lovely War![2] In 2010 Paisley Day starred alongside Kim Cattrall in Richard Eyre's production of Private Lives at the Vaudeville Theatre in West End.[3] In 2012 Paisley Day performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the production of The Taming of the Shrew as Petruchio.[4]

In 2001 Paisley Day published his first play, Spike which premiered at Southampton's Nuffield Theatre.[5] His second play, Raving was recently performed at Hampstead Theatre in 2013, starring Tamzin Outhwaite and Robert Webb.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Paisley Day lives in Whitstable, with his wife and two children.[7]


Year Title Character Production
2011 The Painting Man Inclusive Media
2011 The Eagle Surgeon Focus Features
2007 Flawless Boland Future Films
2004 The Queen of Sheba's Pearls Headmaster Evans AB Svensk Filmindustri
2004 Churchill: The Hollywood Years Larry Little Bird
2002 The Heart of Me Hospital Doctor Martin Pope Productions


Year Title Character Production Director
2013 Urinetown by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis Caldwell B. Cladwell St. James Theatre, London Jamie Lloyd
2013 The Low Road by Bruce Norris Various Royal Court Theatre Dominic Cooke
2012 The Taming of the Shrew
by William Shakespeare
Petruchio Shakespeare's Globe Toby Frow
2011 Twelfth Night
by William Shakespeare
Malvolio National Theatre Sir Peter Hall
2010 Private Lives
by Noël Coward
Victor Vaudeville Theatre Sir Richard Eyre
2009 Entertaining Mr Sloane
by Joe Orton
Ed Trafalgar Studios Nick Bagnall
2008 Timon of Athens
by William Shakespeare
Timon The Globe Lucy Bailey
2007 The Ugly One
by Marius von Mayenburg
Scheffler Royal Court Theatre Ramin Gray
2007 Don't Look Now
by Daphne Du Maurier
John Sheffield Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith Lucy Bailey
2007 The 39 Steps
by John Buchan
Hannay Criterion Theatre Maria Aitken
2005 The Philanthropist
by Christopher Hampton
Braham Donmar Warehouse David Grindley
2005 Cymbeline
by William Shakespeare
Iachimo Regent's Park Open Air Theatre Rachel Kavanaugh
2005 Twelfth Night
by William Shakespeare
Feste Regent's Park Open Air Theatre Timothy Sheader
2003 Love's Labour's Lost
by William Shakespeare
King Ferdinand of Navarre National Theatre Sir Trevor Nunn
2003 Anything Goes
by Cole Porter
Lord Evelyn Oakley National Theatre Sir Trevor Nunn
2002 The Coast of Utopia
by Tom Stoppard
Nicholas Ogarev National Theatre Sir Trevor Nunn
2001 Hamlet
by William Shakespeare
Horatio National Theatre John Caird
2000 Candide
from the book by Voltaire
Maximilian National Theatre John Caird
1999 Troilus and Cressida
by William Shakespeare
Ajax National Theatre Sir Trevor Nunn
1999 Money
by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Sir Frederick Blount National Theatre John Caird
1998 Oh! What A Lovely War
by Joan Littlewood
Henry Wilson National Theatre Fiona Laird
1996 By Jeeves
by Alan Ayckbourn
Gussie Fink-Nottle Lyric Theatre Sir Alan Ayckbourn
1992 A Woman of No Importance
by Oscar Wilde
Lord Alfred RSC Philip Prowse


Year Title Character Production Notes
2012 Titanic Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon ITV Episode Two and Four
2012 Sherlock Major Barrymore BBC Series 2, "The Hounds of Baskerville"
2010 Being Human Alan Cortez BBC Season 2, Episode 6
2008 Midsomer Murders Randall Colquhoun ITV Blood Wedding
2007 The Relief of Belsen Major Stadler Channel 4 TV Movie
2006 The Catherine Tate Show Mr Aga Saga BBC Season 3, Episode 6
2006 Hotel Babylon Mr Austin BBC Season 1, Episode 1
2005 Space Race Kammler BBC TV Series documentary, Race to the Moon
2005 The Last Detective Bald Man ITV Towpaths of Glory
2005 The Bill Martin Glass ITV Season 21, Episode 31
2005 Doctor Who Steward BBC The End of the World
2004 Shane Suicide Steve ITV Season 1, Episode 6
2004 He Knew He Was Right Sir Henry Woddis BBC
2004 Spartacus Orsino USA Network TV Movie
2002 Bertie and Elizabeth Arthur Wood ITV TV Movie
1995 Wycliffe SOCCO ITV Lost Contact
1995 Pie in the Sky Roger BBC Lemon Twist
1994 The Knock Jeremy Pointon ITV Season 1, Episode 6
1994 Peak Practice ITV Long Weekend
1994 The House of Eliott Harry BBC Season 3, Episode 2
1993 London's Burning ITV Season 6, Episode 8
1992 Casualty Heart surgeon BBC Body and Soul
1992 Red Dwarf Cdr. Randy Navarro BBC Holoship


  1. ^ "Simon Paisley Day – Author Bio". Oberon Books. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Simon Paisley Day – Artist". The National Theatre. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Shenton, Mark (12 November 2009). "Lisa Dillon and Simon Paisley Day Complete West End Casting for Private Lives". PlayBill. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Taming of the Shrew". Shakespeare's Globe. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "20 Questions with Simon Paisley Day". What's on Stage. 17 February 2003. Retrieved 21 August 2014.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  6. ^ Benson, Susie (7 October 2013). "Interview with Simon Paisley Day". Hampstead Theatre. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Montgomery, Hugh (19 December 2010). "How We Met: Simon Paisley Day & Jenna Russell". The Independent. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 

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