Simon Evans (director)

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Simon Evans
BornDecember 1983 Edit this on Wikidata
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OccupationTelevision writer, television actor, television director, theatre director Edit this on Wikidata
WorksStaged Edit this on Wikidata

Simon Richard Evans (born December 1983)[1] is an English theatre and television director, writer, and actor. He is best known as co-creator, writer, and producer of Staged (2020–2022), in which he also co-stars as a fictionalised version of himself, which premiered on BBC One.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

Early life[edit]

Evans was raised in Oxford with his sister, actress Lucy Eaton, while his parents ran a dental practice in nearby Kidlington. He was educated at The Dragon School and Abingdon School, where his fellow alumni include Tom Hollander, Toby Jones, Hugh Laurie and members of Radiohead.[8] He studied Education, English, Drama & the Arts at Homerton College, Cambridge.[9]


As a theatre director, Evans' productions include The Dazzle (starring Andrew Scott), Bug (James Norton), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Lenny Henry), Killer Joe (Orlando Bloom) and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner).[8][10]

As an actor, Evans' early roles include parts in Stig of the Dump (2002) and Lewis (2007).[3]

Working with Secret Cinema, Simon directed immersive productions of Shawshank Redemption and Millers Crossing.[11]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Evans wrote, directed and co-starred in the BBC Television series Staged, playing himself, alongside exaggerated versions of the show's stars, Michael Sheen and David Tennant.[4][5][6] The series was notable for being made using video conferencing technology. Evans had been due to rehearse Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing at Chichester when lockdown came into effect.[12] His cinematic directorial debut, Hunter in the Dark, was also postponed.[8][13]

Following Staged, Evans hosted and directed another lockdown event, a live-streamed Oxford Playhouse fundraiser, A Theatre Near You, starring Stephen Fry, Marcus Brigstocke, and Lucy Porter.[8]

Evans is the founding director of the theatre company, Myriad Entertainment, along with Georgia Clarke-Day and David Frias Robles.[3][11]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2020, he lives in Noke, Oxfordshire.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Stig of the Dump Nathan Pinchbeck 2 episodes
2003 Crisis Sean Bell Short film
2007 Lewis Dr. Martin Cook Episode: "Expiation"
2012 John Carter Zodangan Guard Credited as Si Evans
2020–2022 Staged Himself / Director Also creator and writer


  1. ^ "Simon Richard EVANS - Personal Appointments". Companies House. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Zoom, Tennant and Sheen: Simon Evans on writing lockdown comedy Staged". Evening Standard. 9 June 2020. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Palmer, Katie (12 June 2020). "Simon Evans: Who is Simon Evans? Meet the Staged series creator". Express. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Everything you need to know about Staged on BBC One". 11 June 2020. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Meet the cast of BBC One's lockdown drama Staged". Radio Times. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  6. ^ a b "BBC One's thespian comedy Staged nails the quirks of life under lockdown - review". The Independent. 10 June 2020. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  7. ^ "'Staged': BBC Renews David Tennant & Michael Sheen Lockdown Comedy; Ben Schwartz Joins Cast". 22 October 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2022.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Simon Evans on BBC lockdown drama Staged and Oxford Playhouse fundraiser starring Stephen Fry, Marcus Brigstocke, Lucy Porter & Rachel Parris". Ox In A Box. 7 August 2020. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Homerton College Annual Review Volume 2". March 2017. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Orlando Bloom Will Star in Tracy Letts' Killer Joe in the West End". Playbill. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Myriad Entertainment". Retrieved 24 November 2021.
  12. ^ Hughes, Tim. "David Tennant and Michael Sheen's STAGED!: Oxford duo's secrets of TV hit". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  13. ^ "Berlin: Lawrence Osborne Thriller 'Hunters in the Dark' Fills Out Cast (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 21 February 2020. Retrieved 7 August 2020.

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