Simon Anthony Fox Ward (19 October 1941 – 20 July 2012) was a British stage and film actor. He was known chiefly for his performance as Winston Churchill in the 1972 film Young Winston. He played many other screen roles, including those of Sir Monty Everard in Judge John Deed and Bishop Gardiner in The Tudors.
|Died||20 July 2012 (aged 70)|
|Resting place||Highgate Cemetery, Highgate, London|
|Relatives||Michael McIntyre (son-in-law)|
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 received his formal education 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 debut one year later in The 4th of June. After the Royal Academy, he worked in repertory in Northampton, Birmingham and Oxford and occasionally in London's West End.
His first film appearance was probably an uncredited role as one of the sociopathic students in Lindsay Anderson's If.... (1968). He was primarily a stage actor when selected to play the title role in Young Winston in 1971, the role which brought him to national prominence. The in-demand Ward starred in several high-profile films during the remainder of the 1970s.
In 1973 he played the Duke of Buckingham in Richard Lester's The Three Musketeers and in 1974 appeared in its sequel The Four Musketeers. 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 Captain Hoffman, a fictional Nazi functionary, in Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973). Later film roles included Zor-El in Supergirl (1984).
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 he sustained a serious head injury in a street attack, the circumstances of which were obscure. He believed the attack, which left him with a broken skull that needed brain surgery, caused the chronic blood disorder, polycythaemia that affected his career.
Having been afflicted with ill health in his later years, Ward died at the age of 70 on 20 July 2012 at Taunton in the county of Somerset. His body was buried in Highgate Cemetery in London. A memorial service was held in his memory at St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London, in July 2013.
|1969||I Start Counting||Conductor|
|Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed||Karl Holst|
|1971||Quest for Love||Jeremy|
|1972||Young Winston||Winston Churchill|
|1973||Hitler: The Last Ten Days||Captain Hoffman|
|The Three Musketeers||Duke of Buckingham|
|Bram Stoker's Dracula||Arthur||TV movie|
|1974||The Four Musketeers||Duke of Buckingham|
|1975||All Creatures Great and Small||James Herriot||TV movie|
|Deadly Strangers||Stephen Slade|
|Children of Rage||Yaakov|
|Valley Forge||Major Andre||TV movie|
|1976||Aces High||Lt. Crawford|
|1977||The Standard||Herbert Menis|
|Holocaust 2000||Angel Caine|
|1978||The Four Feathers||William Trench||TV movie|
|Zulu Dawn||Lt. Vereker|
|The Last Giraffe||Jock Leslie-Melville||TV movie|
|1980||The Rear Column||Ward||TV movie|
|1981||The Monster Club||George||(segment "Shadmock Story")|
|1985||The Corsican Brothers||Chateau-Renaud||TV movie|
|Leave All Fair||John Jeune (Young John)|
|1992||Double X: The Name of the Game||Edward Ross|
|Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights||Mr Linton|
|Theatre 625||Dick Jervis||Episode: "Carried by Storm"|
|1965||Thursday Theatre||Tom Cherry||Episode: "The Flowering Cherry"|
|1965–1966||The World of Wooster||Eustace||2 episodes|
|1966||Thirteen Against Fate||Alain Malou||Episode: "The Son"|
|1966–1968||The Wednesday Play||Donald Clenham / John Hardie||2 episodes|
|1970||The Misfit||Ted Allenby-Johnson||2 episodes|
|The Black Tulip||Cornelius Van Bearle||TV mini-series, 6 episodes|
|Roads to Freedom||Philippe||3 episodes|
|1972||No Exit||Mark Gray||Episode: "A Man's Fair Share of Days"|
|Cinema: A Documentary||Himself|
|1973||ABC Afterschool Specials||Various roles|
|Orson Welles Great Mysteries||Stephen Barrow||Episode: "The Leather Funnel"|
|1975||BBC2 Playhouse||Saunders||Episode: "The Breakthrough"|
|1976||Call My Bluff||Himself|
|1980||The Rear Column||Herbert Ward||TV movie|
|1981||Diamonds||Bernard de Haan||13 episodes|
|1982||An Inspector Calls||Gerald Croft||TV mini-series, 3 episodes|
|1984||Allô Béatrice||Archibald||Episode: Agnes et ses papas|
|Supergirl: The Making of the Movie||Himself|
|1988||A Taste for Death||Stephen Lampart||5 episodes|
|1989||Around the World in 80 Days||Flannigan||TV mini-series, 3 episodes|
|1992||Lovejoy||Edward Brooksby||2 episodes|
|1994||Kurtulus||Winston Churchill||TV mini-series|
|1995||Ruth Rendell Mysteries||Will Harvey||2 episodes|
|1999||Real Women II||Samuelson|
|2003–2007||Judge John Deed||Sir Monty Everard||20 episodes|
|2005||Family Affairs||Mr. Lee||3 episodes|
|2006||Heartbeat||Maxwell Hamilton||Episode: "Kith and Kin"|
|2009–2010||The Tudors||Bishop Gardiner||17 episodes, (final appearance)|
- "Actor Simon Ward dies aged 70 after long illness". The Daily Telegraph. 22 July 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
- Hayward, Anthony (23 July 2012). "Simon Ward obituary". The Guardian.
- "Simon Ward Biography (1941-)". www.filmreference.com.
- "The Tudors actor Simon Ward dies after long illness". BBC News. 22 July 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
- Entry for Simon Ward in Findagrave website (2019). https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/94042034/simon-ward
- "Michael McIntyre speaks of his devastation at the death of his dad". Daily Mirror. 24 April 2011.