Series: Jesus of Nazareth, Part 1 First Aired: 3 April 1977 Character: Lucius
Description: After Joseph and Mary’s betrothal, Mary is visited by the angel Gabriel, who tells her she will bear the Son of God. Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem to take part in Herod’s census, where Jesus is born.
Series: I, Claudius Episode: S1Ep3 – Waiting in the Wings First Aired: 27 September 1976 Character: Lucius
Description: Whilst Tiberius in exile derives some comfort from hearing of the mysterious death of Gaius, Antonia confesses to Julia her disappointment in Claudius. She chastises his siblings Germanicus and Livilla for shunning him but still feels that he is stupid. However everybody is amazed when an eagle drops a wolf cub into Claudius’s arms and an augur reader interprets this as meaning that in the future Claudius will save Rome in its hour of need. Livia continues her campaign against Julia by proving that she is a serial adulteress, leading to her banishment, a fact which upsets Augustus, who actually loved her. With the news that Lucius has also perished, drowned in a boating accident, Augustus recalls Tiberius from his exile to be his co-heir with his grandson Postumus.
Series: Hunter’s Walk Episode: S3Ep1 – Intent First Aired: 1st June 1976 Character: Houseman
Description: A moment of violence at a wedding reception, between the grom and the bride’s ex-boyfriend. The groom is injured. The question Sgt Smith has to answer is one of intent: Did he fall, or was he pushed?
SIMON MacCORKINDALE (Hon. Alan Howard) made his first professional appearance in The Dark Lady of the Sonnets for the Shaw Festival at Ayot St. Lawrence, and he went straight from there to the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry ‘for a season playing in Journey’s End, The Front Page, Getting On and Bequest to the Nation. Most recently he appeared at the Albery Theatre in Pygmalion and at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in The Potsdam Quartet. His television work includes General Hospital, The Pathfinders, Sutherland’s Law and two plays—The Skin Game for BBC and Time and Time Again for Westward. His latest film credit is Juggernaut.
Simon’s recent theatre appearances have been in The Potsdam Quartet at Guildford and Pygmalion at the Albery Theatre. His first professional engagement was in The Dark Lady of the Sonnets for the Shaw Festival at Ayot St. Lawrence, and he went straight from there to the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry for a season playing in Journeys End, The Front Page, Getting On and Bequest to the Nation. Simon’s television work includes General Hospital, The Pathfinders, Sutherland’s Law and two plays — The Skin Game for BBC and Time and Time Again for Westward. His latest film credit is Juggernaut.
SIMON MacCORKINDALE trained at Studio 68 of Theatre Arts, London. His theatre credits include two appearances at the Shaw Festival at GBS’s home at Ayot St. Lawrence in The Dark Lady of the Sonnets and Back to Methuselah; a summer season at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, where he played in Bequest to the Nation, Journey’s End, Front Page and Getting On. His most recent TV includes Hawkeye, The Pathfinder for BBC, to be seen shortly before Christmas.
Simon MacCorkindale must be one of the few actors who have turned to Charles Bronson with the words: “Oh, you great butch creature, you!” and lived to tell the tale. As it was, Charlie, laughed and appreciated the joke from the young Englishman who was recently awarded the ‘Evening News’ most promising newcomer accolade for his work on ‘Death On The Nile’ and ‘Riddle Of The Sands’.
Simon MacCorkindale tends to play undemonstrative English gentlemen and while women have been known to find him sexy, ‘animal’ is not the word one would think of to describe him. He’s civilised (even though he now lives in Los Angeles – or, at least, as he says, ‘that’s where all my belongings are – my home is wherever I am!) So there is something piquant about his playing a professor who, to fight crime, transforms himself into a protean variety of animal shapes. He had thought that he would be able to devote a lot of time to his own projects; writing and directing are his first loves. ‘I thought I would be an animal a lot of the time and wouldn’t need to be there.’ Instead he found himself working a 16-hour-day six days a week, spending hours being made up for the transformation scenes, while the human part of the role got larger and larger. ‘I was never off the set. I was hoist by my own petard!’ All actors should learn from this – being an animal is even worse than working with one.
Simon MacCorkindale, who stars in Jaws 3, is still living out a love story with his actress wife Susan George. The pair have also gone into partnership, he as producer, she as executive producer, to put another love story on screen. Stealing Heaven, which was filmed recently in Yugoslavia, tells the tale of the legendary medieval romance between Heloise and a celibate monk called Abelard. It is the result of plans that MacCorkindale started in the early Eighties. When he left Britain for America – and, ultimately, the TV series Falcon Crest – six years ago, he was a man with a secret mission; to get together the expertise and money to return and set up film projects here. ‘I just got frustrated at not being in control of my own destiny,’ he says. ‘Now, at least I will know I’m giving a project my all.’
A few months a ago, Simon MacCorkindale, 27, was voted the most promising new comer for his performances in Death On The Nile and Riddle Of The Sands. The success clearly thrilled him but left him pondering on how to keep on top
“Talent is in the eye of the beholder. I’ve been very lucky and had a lot of breaks, but I still feel it’s no harder to be a success than to be a failure because there are no rules for finding success. You have to make them yourself and be rational. And then you find remaining there is almost harder than getting there.”
Age: 53 Style: Dashing English gent Significant others: Divorced Fiona Fullerton, his wife of five years, in 1981, and three years later married another actress, Susan George. He says: ‘I’ve always felt my time as and actor and leading man is now’ – on his starring role in Casualty Finest Hour: His performance in Death On The Nile in 1978 won him the Most Promising Actor award and made his famous. Don’t Mention: Driving. He was banned for two years last month after a hit-and-run accident, and had to pay £5,000 damages. Anything else? Simon’s first wedding was held in St Paul’s Cathedral, London – an honour granted to him because his father, an RAF officer, was awarded an OBE.
Translated from the original French, so readability is a little strange. Translated by SMCFP Member Nadeia
Star of the new TV show Manimal, aired on FR3, in which he has the strange power to transmute into any animal, Simon MacCorkindale will certainly hit the ladies’ hearts. When he was playing the dandies near the rich heirs in “Death on the Nile”, in 1978, he had to employ a secretary to face all the mail he was receiving. He was born in Cambridge, England, on February 12th 1952, of a father officer in the RAF. Actor of theater, he already appeared in several TV shows and dramas such as Franco Zeffirelli’s “Jesus of Nazareth”, and “I, Claudius”. Bachelor? No. Divorced from Fiona Fullerton, who we’ll see soon in the new James Bond, he married another British actress: Susan George