Simon Paisley Day

Simon Paisley Day (born 13 April 1967), also credited as Simon Day, is an English stage and screen actor. His most recent work includes Timon of Athens (2008), Entertaining Mr Sloane (2009), Private Lives (2010), Twelfth Night (National Theatre, 2011), The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare's Globe, 2012) and portraying Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon in the 2012 ITV mini-series Titanic.

Simon Paisley Day
Born (1967-04-13) 13 April 1967
ResidenceWhitstable, Kent, England
Other namesSimon Day

Early life

Paisley Day was born in Gillingham, Kent. He read Drama and American Literature at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Afterwards, Paisley Day undertook training at Bristol Old Vic for two years before embarking on a career as an actor.[1]

Simon also was the leading and only character to appear in the very successful adverts for Honda, featuring Honda vehicles from different eras, with the Rhydian version of the song Rhydian.

Personal life

Paisley Day lives in Whitstable, with his wife and two children.[2]


Year Title Character Production
2019Brexit: The Uncivil WarDouglas CarswellChannel 4 / HBO
2017Victoria & AbdulMr. TylerBBC Films
2014The FallingPsychiatristCannon and Morley Productions
2014Pudsey the Dog: The MovieReverend TreeboysVertigo Films
2011The PaintingManInclusive Media
2011The EagleSurgeonFocus Features
2007FlawlessBolandFuture Films
2004The Queen of Sheba's PearlsHeadmaster EvansAB Svensk Filmindustri
2004Churchill: The Hollywood YearsLarryLittle Bird
2002The Heart of MeHospital DoctorMartin Pope Productions


Year Title Character Production Director
2017The Lorax by David GreigThe Once-lerRoyal Alexandra TheatreMax Webster
2014Urinetown by Mark Hollmann and Greg KotisCaldwell B. CladwellSt. James Theatre, LondonJamie Lloyd
2013The Low Road by Bruce NorrisVariousRoyal Court TheatreDominic Cooke
2012The Taming of the Shrew
by William Shakespeare
PetruchioShakespeare's GlobeToby Frow
2011Twelfth Night
by William Shakespeare
MalvolioNational TheatreSir Peter Hall
2010Private Lives
by Noël Coward
VictorVaudeville TheatreSir Richard Eyre
2009Entertaining Mr Sloane
by Joe Orton
EdTrafalgar StudiosNick Bagnall
2008Timon of Athens
by William Shakespeare
TimonThe GlobeLucy Bailey
2007The Ugly One
by Marius von Mayenburg
SchefflerRoyal Court TheatreRamin Gray
2007Don't Look Now
by Daphne Du Maurier
JohnSheffield Theatre and Lyric HammersmithLucy Bailey
2007The 39 Steps
by John Buchan
HannayCriterion TheatreMaria Aitken
2005The Philanthropist
by Christopher Hampton
BrahamDonmar WarehouseDavid Grindley
by William Shakespeare
IachimoRegent's Park Open Air TheatreRachel Kavanaugh
2005Twelfth Night
by William Shakespeare
FesteRegent's Park Open Air TheatreTimothy Sheader
2003Love's Labour's Lost
by William Shakespeare
King Ferdinand of NavarreNational TheatreSir Trevor Nunn
2003Anything Goes
by Cole Porter
Lord Evelyn OakleyNational TheatreSir Trevor Nunn
2002The Coast of Utopia
by Tom Stoppard
Nicholas OgarevNational TheatreSir Trevor Nunn
by William Shakespeare
HoratioNational TheatreJohn Caird
from the book by Voltaire
MaximilianNational TheatreJohn Caird
1999Troilus and Cressida
by William Shakespeare
AjaxNational TheatreSir Trevor Nunn
by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Sir Frederick BlountNational TheatreJohn Caird
1998Oh! What A Lovely War
by Joan Littlewood
Henry WilsonNational TheatreFiona Laird
1996By Jeeves
by Alan Ayckbourn
Gussie Fink-NottleLyric TheatreSir Alan Ayckbourn
1992A Woman of No Importance
by Oscar Wilde
Lord AlfredRSCPhilip Prowse


Year Title Character Production Notes
2017The CrownMeryn LewisNetflix
2015Doctor WhoRumpBBCEpisode: "Face the Raven"
2014The MusketeersCluzetEpisode: "The Good Soldier"
2012TitanicSir Cosmo Duff GordonITVEpisode Two and Four
2012SherlockMajor BarrymoreBBCSeries 2, "The Hounds of Baskerville"
2011HustleConsultantBBCSeries 7, "The Fall of Railton FC"
2010Being HumanAlan CortezBBCSeason 2, Episode 6
2008Midsomer MurdersRandall ColquhounITVBlood Wedding
2007The Relief of BelsenMajor StadlerChannel 4TV Movie
2006The Catherine Tate ShowMr Aga SagaBBCSeason 3, Episode 6
2006Hotel BabylonMr AustinBBCSeason 1, Episode 1
2005Space Race KammlerBBCTV Series documentary, Race to the Moon
2005The Last DetectiveBald ManITVTowpaths of Glory
2005The BillMartin GlassITVSeason 21, Episode 31
2005Doctor WhoStewardBBCEpisode: "The End of the World"
2004ShaneSuicide SteveITVSeason 1, Episode 6
2004He Knew He Was RightSir Henry WoddisBBC
2004SpartacusOrsinoUSA NetworkTV Movie
2002Bertie and ElizabethArthur WoodITVTV Movie
1995WycliffeSOCCOITVLost Contact
1995Pie in the SkyRogerBBCLemon Twist
1994The KnockJeremy PointonITVSeason 1, Episode 6
1994Peak PracticeITVLong Weekend
1994The House of EliottHarryBBCSeason 3, Episode 2
1993London's BurningITVSeason 6, Episode 8
1992CasualtyHeart surgeonBBCBody and Soul
1992Red DwarfCdr. Randy NavarroBBCSeries 5, "Holoship"


  1. "Simon Paisley Day – Author Bio". Oberon Books. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  2. Montgomery, Hugh (19 December 2010). "How We Met: Simon Paisley Day & Jenna Russell". The Independent. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
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