Posts Tagged ‘Harry Harper’


Behind the Scene on Casualty



@TheSusanGeorge I finally found the photo of Simon’s first week on Casualty. He was such a joy to be around
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Bath Chronicle – 16th October 2010



In 2004 he presented a series on the area of the West he fell in love with – Exmoor.

He and his wife owned over 50 horses at their Arabian stud farm in the heart of the national park.

When the call came, asking if he was available to narrate Exmoor Encounters, he jumped at the chance.

He said at the time: “I’ve done a lot of voiceovers but this one is special to me because it’s about an area in which I live – and love.

Full article: http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/Casualty-actor-West-s-best-known-stars/story-11319444-detail/story.html

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Mirror – 09 November 2009



TV SIMON: I’VE GOT FIVE YEARS TO LIVE

CASUALTY star Simon MacCorkindale has revealed he has terminal lung cancer.

The actor, 57, kept his plight secret for three years because he didn’t want people to feel sorry for him.

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News Of The World – 08 November 2009



Simon MacCorkindale and Susan GeorgeDoctors Gave Me 5 Years to Live . . But I’ll Beat It

CASUALTY STAR SIMON TALKS MOVINGLY OF THREE YEAR BATTLE WITH CANCER

CASUALTY star Simon MacCorkindale today reveals his secret THREE YEAR battle against cancer—and tells how he aims to beat the disease.

Tenderly holding hands with actress wife Susan George, the TV heart-throb recalls how a REAL doctor working on the BBC hospital drama first spotted his symptoms early and urged him to get a check-up.

And despite being given only five years to live in May 2006, defiant Simon, 57, vows: “I’m going nowhere. I don’t think about a day when it comes to an end.

“It’s not happening. It’s just a bloody nuisance.

“I don’t want people to think I’m sitting here pale, losing weight and my hair and on the way out. I’m not. I’m as active as I’ve ever been.”

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Mail on Sunday – 08 November 2009



Simon MacCorkindale and Susan GeorgeCasualty’s Simon: I’ve got incurable cancer

When Simon MacCorkindale suddenly left TV’s Casualty no one suspected that he was keeping a tragic secret: he had cancer and had been given just five years to live. Now, in this raw and inspiring interview, he and his wife Susan George reveal their daily battle to be strong – and prove doctors wrong

FOR more than three years, he kept it a secret even from his closest friends. Former Casualty star Simon MacCorkindale, who played handsome consultant Harry Harper in the popular BBC series, told very few he was battling cancer.  Even after the disease had spread to his lungs and doctors gave him just five years to live, he and his wife, the iconic Seventies actress Susan George, decided they did not want everyone to know.

‘I didn’t want to make a fuss,’ says Simon. ‘We are very private people and wanted to deal with it on our own.’

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On This Day: BBC Radio 5 – 11th September



Series: BBC Radio 5
First Aired: 11th September 2008

Description: Simon appeared to discuss The Sound of Music and Casualty

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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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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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This Is Bath – 20th March 2008



SIMON LEAVES CASUALTY TO TAKE ON OLIVIER’S KEY ROLE

One of television’s best-loved doctors has marched out of accident and emergency and into a stage play that has become a modern classic.Simon MacCorkindale, whose character Harry Harper left Casualty two episodes ago, takes the leading role of Andrew in Sleuth which comes to the Theatre Royal, Bath, next Monday.

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What’s on TV – 8-14th March 2008



Harry’s Sacked!

The doctor is given his marching orders by hospital bosses…

There are tears all round this week when A&E stalwart Harry Harper bids farewell to his colleagues. After deciding to leak Ruth’s diary to the press, the senior consultant is forced to leave the ward.

‘Harry believes that Ruth’s diary highlights the pressure doctors are under,’ says Simon MacCorkindale, who’s played the doc for six years. ‘But he put his career on the line and he knows he has to go.’ After an emotional goodbye, he visits his old pal Charlie at a private clinic and asks him to return to Holby.

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