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16 October 1941|
Beckenham, Kent, England, UK
|Died||20 July 2012
London, England, U.K.
|Resting place||Cremated, Ashes scattered into the English Channel|
Simon Anthony Fox Ward (16 October 1941 – 20 July 2012) was an English stage and film actor. He was known for his performance as the young Winston Churchill in the 1971 film Young Winston and for his roles as Sir Monty Everard in Judge John Deed and as Bishop Gardiner in The Tudors.
Simon Ward was born in Beckenham, Kent, the son of Winifred and Leonard Fox Ward, 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. At RADA he met Alexandra Ward and they were married in 1964. After the Royal Academy, he worked in repertory in Northampton, Birmingham and Oxford and occasionally in London's West End.
Persistent rumours suggest his first film appearance was an uncredited role as one of the sociopathic students in Lindsay Anderson's If.... (1968). Although this has never been verified, his participation in the film is still listed in his IMDb's actor's credits.
In 1971, he played the title role of Winston Churchill in Young Winston. This was the role which brought him to national prominence, and thereafter the in-demand Ward starred in several high profile films during the mid-to-late 1970s.
The following year he played the Duke of Buckingham in Richard Lester's The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers (1974), and also in 1974 he played author/veterinarian James Herriot in the successful film adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small. He played one of the lead roles (Lt. Crawford) in the 1976 World War I film Aces High, then starred as Lt. William Vereker in the 1979 film Zulu Dawn. He was also seen as a fictional Nazi functionary (the sympathetic one, with whom the audience is supposed to identify) in Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973). Later film roles included Zor-El in Supergirl (1984).
Later career and death
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, featuring Marc Sinden as Dickinson, with David Langton, Roland Curram, Bruce Montague and Ernest Clark in supporting roles.
In 1987 Ward suffered a serious head injury in a street attack that was never solved.
|Theatre 625||1964||Dick Jervis|
|Thursday Theatre||1965||Tom Cherry|
|The World of Wooster||1966||Eustace|
|Thirteen Against Fate||1966||Alain Malou|
|The Wednesday Play||1966-8||Donald Clenham / John Hardie|
|The Misfit||1970||Ted Allenby-Johnson|
|The Black Tulip||1970||Cornelius Van Bearle|
|Roads to Freedom||1970||Philippe|
|No Exit||1972||Mark Gray|
|Cinema: A Documentary||1972||Himself|
|ABC Afterschool Specials||1973||Various Characters|
|Great Mysteries||1973||Stephen Barrow|
|Call My Bluff||1976||Himself|
|Diamonds||1981||Bernard de Haan|
|An Inspector Calls||1982||Gerald Croft|
|Supergirl: The Making of the Movie||1984||Himself|
|A Taste for Death||1988||Stephen Lampart|
|Around the World in 80 Days||1989||Flannigan|
|Ruth Rendell Mysteries||1995||Will Harvey|
|Real Women II||1999||Samuelson|
|Family Affairs||2005||Mr. Lee|
|Judge John Deed||2003-7||Sir Monty Everard|
|The Tudors||2009-2010||Bishop Gardiner|
|The Son||1966||Alain Malou|
|I Start Counting||1969||Conductor|
|Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed||1969||Karl|
|Quest for Love||1971||Jeremy|
|Young Winston||1972||Winston Churchill|
|Hitler: The Last Ten Days||1973||Captain Hoffman|
|The Three Musketeers||1973||Duke of Buckingham|
|The Four Musketeers||1974||Duke of Buckingham|
|All Creatures Great and Small||1975||James Herriot|
|Children of Rage||1975||Yaacov|
|Valley Forge||1975||Major Andre|
|Aces High||1976||Lt. Crawford|
|Deadly Strangers||1976||Stephen Slade|
|Holocaust 2000||1977||Angel Caine|
|The Four Feathers||1978||William Trench|
|Zulu Dawn||1979||Lt. Vereker|
|The Last Giraffe||1979||Jock Leslie-Melville|
|The Rear Column||1980||Ward|
|The Monster Club||1981||George|
|The Corsican Brothers||1984||Chateau-Renaud|
|Leave All Fair||1985||John Jeune (Young John)|
|Double X: The Name of the Game||1992||Edward Ross|
|Wuthering Heights||1992||Mr. Linton|
- "Actor Simon Ward dies aged 70 after long illness". The Telegraph. 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
- Hayward, Anthony (23 July 2012). "Simon Ward obituary". The Guardian.
- "The Tudors actor Simon Ward dies after long illness". BBC News. 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
- The Mirror
- "Simon Ward dies aged 70 after long illness". 23 July 2012.