Simon MacCorkindale is perhaps best recognized over the last few years as Harry Harper, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, in the BBC’s most popular and enduring drama series Casualty. Following his starring role in the successful 2007 tour of Agatha Christie’s Unexpected Guest, he now returns to the stage in Sleuth.
Simon MacCorkindale is perhaps best recognised as Harry Harper, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, in the BBC’s most popular and enduring drama series Casualty.
A childhood love for drama led to a place at Studio ’68 of Theatre Arts in London aged 19. On completing the course, he toured in regional rep before his West End debut in the highly acclaimed Pygmalion. He worked extensively on British TV, and in 1976 appeared in the renowned I, Claudius and in Zeffirelli’s opulent Jesus of Nazareth.
SIMON MacCORKINDALE, the British actor/ director, rose to international prominence for his portrayal of Simon Doyle, the smoothly avaricious young murderer in the star-studded DEATH ON THE NILE and is currently seen regularly as lawyer Greg Reardon on the CBS series FALCON CREST. Long an established leading actor on the British stage and television, MacCorkindale made his professional stage debut at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry, England as Captain Blackwood in A BEQUEST TO THE NATION. In 1974 he made his London West End debut in the highly acclaimed production of PYGMALION.
Since his award-winning performances in the films Death on the Nile and The Riddle of the Sands, 29-year-old Simon MacCorkindale has spent much time commuting between the United Kingdom and the U.S.A. In fact for his Festival engagement today he has flown in especially from Los Angeles, where he is currently filming in Sword and Sorcerer. The visit marks a brief but welcome return home for the Ely-born actor, whose father, former RAF Group Captain Peter MacCorkindale, is now a social services administrator for Pye and Philips of Cambridge. In his career, Simon continues to enjoy the nomadic existence that was a feature of his childhood. Death on the Nile was filmed in Egypt; The Riddle of the Sands took him to Holland and Germany; Capo Blanco, in which he co-stars with Charles Bronson, was made in Mexico, and he has recently completed four months location work in Dublin, starring as Lieutenant David Clement of the Royal Hussars in The Manions of America, made for EMI-TV by ABC. This sweeping saga spanning two parallel love stories during the 20 years from 1847 will be screened as a six-hour mini-series.
Simon MacCorkindale made an impressive entry into major film roles with two highly contrasting parts: the smooth, sybaritic Simon Doyle in the 1930’s-set Agatha Christie murder mystery Death on the Nile, and the rough sailor hero, Arthur Davies, in the Edwardian spy thriller The Riddle of the Sands. His performances in both films brought him the Most Promising Actor Award in the 1979 Evening News British Film Awards. He has since co-starred with Sir John Mills in Thames TV’s four-part serialisation of Nigel Kneale’s Quatermass, playing the single-minded radio astronomer Joe Kapp, and in the film adaptation, Quatermass Conclusion. Now he has completed work on another leading film role, Lewis Clarkson, an M15 agent in post-World War II Peru, in the forthcoming Charles Bronson epic Cabo Blanco.
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.