The actor is known for playing Dorium Maldovar in Doctor Who in a total of three episodes, and appearing in the first Harry Potter film, as the Fat Friar.
Our full interview with Simon can be seen below.
We’d like to thank Simon for taking the time to answer our questions.
1. What got you into acting?
I did acting and appeared in musicals at school so that is how I got the bug, but did not seriously consider becoming a professional Actor. I was made redundant in 1984 and used the redundancy money to get me through drama college. I have been working regularly since 1987, when I got my Equity Card….!
2. How did your role in Doctor Who come around?
Oooh, must be a couple of years ago now. Was invited to a casting along with six other actors. Had to prepare (learn) a short scene and put to camera. the directons in the script said, set – homage to Star Wars – Dorium, Large Blue Man, think Sydney Greenstreet. I sensed exactly what was required and was extatic when a few days later I got the call to say I had been chosen.
3. Were you a fan of Doctor Who before you were cast? If you were, who was you favourite Doctor, Companion etc.
Doctor Who started in 1963, I was born in 1961 so I was very young when William Hartnell first appeared. I remember him changing to Patrick Troughton. I have followed Doctor Who from the beginning. All the Doctors have been excellent for different reasons. Likewise the Companions. Matt Smith of course is special to me because I have got to work with him…
4. How much did you enjoy working on Doctor Who?
Very nervous but wonderful.
5. What did you most enjoy during your time on Doctor Who?
The whole experience, especially the comraderie of the whole team.
6. How long does it take to transform you into Dorium Maldover?
We allow 2 hours but it does not usually take that long. Takes a little longer on the first day of filming as time is needed to shave my head. I do not wear a skull cap.
7. How was it working with the rest of the cast?
Everyone is most welcoming. Inviting me back Steven Moffatt has helped me feel part of the ‘family’. Alex Kingston was the first I worked with and she was delightful. Beautiful eyes. Frances Barber tells the most hysterical luvvie stories and Matt Smith was wonderful, (he works so hard) between takes we talked about football – and because of Matt I got to sit ‘inside’ the TARDIS.
8. What did you enjoy most playing Dorium?
The exquisit script – delving to find Dorium’s multi-layers.
9. Would you ever want to make a return to the series? Is there a return on the cards?
Absolutely – Is there a return for Dorium…? – If Fans cry out for more, you never know.
10. What was your favourite memory while you were filming?
Seeing the Blue Box for the first time – having followed Doctor Who from the beginning it was quite emotional to see the Tardis. I suddenly realised I was stretching my hand out to touch it…
11. Do you have any experiences of being recognised by Doctor Who Fans?
Not really in the street – there have been a couple of occasioins. Naturally at conventions fans know who I am. My message is – If you are up for a natter and a laugh always feel to approach me and say hello!
12. Finally, have you got any future projects that you’d like to tell us about?
Again, we’d like to thank Simon for taking the time to answer our questions and we hope you’ve enjoyed reading this exclusive interview.