St Neots Weekly – 26-1st June 2008


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TV STAR ACTS ON HELPING CHARITY

A screen and stage star raised the spirits of a group of brain injury survivors with an inspiring talk.

Thanks to maggiesangel at Holby.TV for this article

Ely- born Simon MacCorkindale – best known for his role as Harry Harper in the BBC1 hospital drama Casualty – visited members of Headway Cambridgeshire at Brookfields, in Mill Road, Cambridge.

Headway is a charity which provides support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers, as well as to professionals in the health and legal fields.

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Seven Days – Sunday Mail – 25th May 2008


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Simon MacCorkindaleI Led British Invasion Of Hollywood

The big interview Simon MacCorkindale has rubbed shoulders with tinseltown’s elite but is just as happy on stage in Glasgow

WHEN Simon MacCorkindale watches hit US shows like Lost, Ugly Betty or Pushing Daisies he can say: “Been there, done that.”

The veteran actor might be best known as Casualty heart-throb Harry Harper but his long and successful career saw him cross the Atlantic and crack America 30 years ago.

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On This Day: ITV Yorkshire – Calendar


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Bill Kenwright production of SLEUTH by Anthony Schaffer Directed by Joe Harmston

Series: ITV Yorkshire – Calendar
First Aired: 6th May 2008

Description: Simon appeared on this show with Michael Praed to discuss Sleuth


The Weekly News – 3rd May 2008



Simon MacCorkindale as Andrew Wyke in SleuthSimon says, he’s a Casualty regular!

But not just on TV— in real life, accident-prone actor often finds himself in hospital

THERE’S a reason why Simon MacCorkindale carries off the role of consultant Harry Harper in BBC’s Casualty so well — he’s never out of his local hospital’s casualty department as a patient!

He and his wife, actress Susan George, run a very successful horse farm when not appearing on stage or screen, and Simon is very much hands-on down on the farm.

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On This Day: The Wright Stuff – 18th April


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Series: The Wright Stuff
Episode: S9E70
First Aired: 18 April 2008

Description: Simon appeared as a guest panelist for the first time.  Topics include ‘baldness’, ‘first impressions’ and ‘drinking’

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On This Day: BBC Radio Kent – 12th April



Series: BBC Radio Kent
First Aired: 12th April 2008

Description: Simon appeared to discuss Sleuth

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Birmingham Post – 9th April 2008


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Review: Sleuth, Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

It seems appropriate that one of the characters in Sleuth spends a significant amount of time in a clown suit, as this production milks the comic potential of Anthony Shaffer’s twisted script.

On the opening night, underwear and cushions were hurled about with reckless abandon, threatening to bring down bits of the set. And Michael Praed finally fell foul of his size 27 feet in a pratfall behind the sofa, which appeared to leave him and co-star Simon MacCorkindale as convulsed with laughter as the audience. Whether by accident or intent it was as well executed as the rest of this slickly performed show, which also relies on deliciously barbed dialogue for its humour.

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Birmingham Post – 2nd April 2008



From CAT scans to cat and mouse

Casualty star Simon MacCorkindale tells Alison Jones why he has packed away his stethoscope and returned to the stage.

It is always a challenge following in the footsteps of an actor who has become irrevocably associated with a part.

Particularly if that actor casts as long a shadow as the late Sir Laurence Olivier.

In the recent film remake of the thriller Sleuth, director Kenneth Branagh rather cleverly got round the problem by having Michael Caine swop roles.

In the 1972 Joseph L Mankiewicz version, Caine played Milo Tindle, the upstart young lover of Olivier’s wife who is unwillingly drawn into an elaborate battle of wits.

In 2007 it was Caine’s turn to play the vengeful, cuckolded husband (Andrew Wyke), with Jude Law repeating another Caine role after already starring in Alfie.

For the stage production currently doing the regional rounds, comparisons to Larry are avoided by the fact that Andrew, played by Simon MacCorkindale, has effectively been aged down and Milo, played by Michael Praed, aged up.

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BBC Nottingham – 1st April 2008



Review: Sleuth

Well it is very difficult to know where to start with this review… how to tread lightly enough not to give away what is most spectacular and clever about Anthony Shaffer’s complex thriller.

Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/content/articles/2008/04/01/sleuth_review_event_feature.shtml


This Is Derbyshire – 28th March 2008


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STAGE CLASSIC IS BRINGING OUT THE MANIMAL IN SIMON

He was the English aristocrat of choice a decade before Colin Firth emerged from a lake to become a housewife heartthrob and Hollywood star.

Simon MacCorkindale played the upper-crust cad in some of the most popular American television series of the 1980s – from The Dukes of Hazzard and Hart To Hart to Dynasty and Falcon Crest.

Now he’s taking to the Nottingham stage as a devious author in the revival of psychological thriller Sleuth, alongside his Dynasty co-star and former TV Robin Hood Michael Praed.

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