Simon Montagu McBurney,  is an English actor, playwright, and theatrical director. He is the founder and artistic director of the Théâtre de Complicité, London. He has had roles in the films The Manchurian Candidate, Friends with Money, The Golden Compass, The Duchess, Robin Hood, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Magic in the Moonlight, The Theory of Everything, and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. He was the choir master in The Vicar of Dibley.(born 25 August 1957)
Simon Montagu McBurney
25 August 1957
|Alma mater||Peterhouse, Cambridge|
Lecoq International School of Theatre
|Relatives||Gerard McBurney (brother) |
Charles McBurney (great-grandfather)
McBurney was born in Cambridge, England. His father, Charles McBurney, was an American archaeologist and academic of Scottish descent. His paternal great-grandfather was American surgeon Charles McBurney, who was credited with describing the medical sign McBurney's point. Simon McBurney's mother, Anne Francis Edmondstone (née Charles), was a British secretary of English, Scottish and Irish ancestry. His parents were distant cousins who met during World War II. His older brother is composer and writer Gerard McBurney.
McBurney is a founder and artistic director of the UK-based theatre company Complicite, which performs throughout the world. He directed their productions of Street of Crocodiles (1992); The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol (1994), which was adapted from the John Berger trilogy Into Their Labors; To the Wedding (another Berger collaboration); Mnemonic (1999); The Elephant Vanishes (2003); A Disappearing Number (2007); A Dog's Heart (2010); The Master and Margarita (2011), and The Kid Stays in the Picture (2017).
A Disappearing Number was a devised piece conceived and directed by McBurney, taking as its inspiration the story of the collaboration between two of the 20th century's most remarkable pure mathematicians, the Indian genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, and Cambridge don G.H. Hardy. It played at the Barbican in autumn 2008 and toured internationally. In February 2009, McBurney directed the Complicite production Shun-kin, based on two texts by Jun'ichiro Tanizaki. It was produced in London and Tokyo in 2010.
On a freelance basis, McBurney directed the following: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and All My Sons (2008) (both in New York City), and live comedy shows, including Lenny Henry's So Much Things To Say and French and Saunders' Live in 2000.
McBurney is an established screen actor. He played the recurring role of Cecil the choirmaster in The Vicar of Dibley, CIA computer whiz Garland in Body of Lies, Dr. Atticus Noyle in The Manchurian Candidate (2004), British diplomat Nigel Stone in The Last King of Scotland, the metrosexual husband Aaron in Friends with Money, Fra Pavel in The Golden Compass, Charles James Fox in The Duchess, and Oliver Lacon in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He also wrote the story and was an executive producer for Mr. Bean's Holiday.
From 2010 to 2014, he appeared in the BBC comedy television series Rev., portraying the role of Archdeacon Robert. McBurney provided the voice of Kreacher in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010). In the series The Borgias, he portrayed the canon law expert Johannes Burchart. He is the Artiste Associé of the 66th Festival d'Avignon (2012). In the premiere of The Encounter at the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival, McBurney tells the story of photographer Loren McIntyre, who in 1969, found himself lost amongst the remote Korubo people of the Javari Valley, on the border between Brazil and Peru. In July 2015, he starred as Atlee, the director of MI6 in the film Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, and in 2016, he portrayed paranormal investigator Maurice Grosse in the horror film sequel The Conjuring 2.
In 2007, he met concert pianist Cassandra "Cassie" Yukawa. They have since married, and reside in Stroud, Gloucestershire, with their three children, having previously lived in north London. His sister-in-law is violinist Diane Yukawa.
In the 2005 New Year Honours, McBurney was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to Drama". He is an Ambassador for Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples' rights.
|1988||Screenplay||Martin||Episode: "Burning Ambition"|
|1989||The Two of Us||The Man||Episode: "Trust"|
|1992||The Bill||Shaun Anderton||Episode: "Man of the People"|
|1992–93||The Comic Strip Presents||Mick / Madman||2 episodes|
|1994–2004||The Vicar of Dibley||Choirmaster Cecil||4 episodes|
|1995||Performance||Ancient Pistol||Episode: "Henry IV"|
|1996||Absolutely Fabulous||Conductor||Episode: "The Last Shout (Part 1)"|
|1999||Midsomer Murders||Henry Carstairs||Episode: "Death of a Stranger"|
|2010–14||Rev.||Archdeacon Robert||19 episodes|
|2011–13||The Borgias||Johannes Burchart||6 episodes|
|2013||Utopia||Christian Donaldson||3 episodes|
|2015||The Casual Vacancy||Colin "Cubby" Wall||Miniseries; 3 episodes|
|2019||Carnival Row||Runyan Millworthy||Recurring|
|The Loudest Voice||Rupert Murdoch||Miniseries|
- 1998: Laurence Olivier Award (Best Choreography for "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" ("Der kaukasische Kreidekreis"), Royal National Theatre, Olivier Stage, London)
- 1999: Critics' Circle Theatre Award (Best new play for "Mnemonic" at the Riverside Theatre)
- 2005: Officer of the Order of the British Empire, "New Years Honours List" of Queen Elizabeth II.
- 2007: Nestroy Theatre Prize (nomination Best Directing for "A Disappearing Number" at the Wiener Festwochen)
- 2007: Critics' Circle Theatre Award (Best new play for "A Disappearing Number" at the Théâtre de Complicité)
- 2008: Konrad Wolf Prize
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