Simon Montagu McBurney, OBE (born 25 August 1957) is an English actor, writer and director. He is the founder and artistic director of the Théâtre de Complicité, London. He has had roles in the films The Manchurian Candidate, Friends with Money, The Golden Compass, The Duchess, Robin Hood, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Magic in the Moonlight, The Theory of Everything and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography
4.1 Film 4.2 Television
5 Accolades 6 References 7 External links
McBurney was born in Cambridge, England. His father, Charles McBurney,
was an American archaeologist and academic. Charles McBurney was the
grandson of the American surgeon Charles McBurney (who was credited
with describing the medical sign McBurney's point). Simon McBurney's
mother, Anne Francis Edmondstone (née Charles), was a secretary; she
was British, and of English, Scottish and Irish ancestry. His
parents were distant cousins who met during World War II. He
McBurney at the
Edinburgh International Festival
McBurney is a founder and artistic director of the UK-based theatre
company Complicite, which performs throughout the world. He
directed their productions of Street of Crocodiles (1992); The Three
Lives of Lucie Cabrol (1994), which was adapted from the John Berger
trilogy Into Their Labors; To the Wedding (another Berger
collaboration); Mnemonic (1999);
The Elephant Vanishes
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Kafka Assistant Oscar
1994 A Business Affair Salesman
1994 Being Human Hermas
1994 Tom & Viv Dr. Reginald Miller
1994 Mesmer Franz
1996 The Ogre Brigadier
1997 The Caucasian Chalk Circle Azdak the Judge Video
1998 Cousin Bette Vauvinet
1999 Onegin Monsieur Triquet
2000 Eisenstein Sergei Eisenstein
2003 The Reckoning Stephen
2003 Bright Young Things Sneath (Photo-Rat)
2003 Skagerrak Thomas
2004 The Manchurian Candidate Dr. Atticus Noyle
2004 Human Touch Bernard
2006 Friends with Money Aaron
2006 The Last King of Scotland Nigel Stone
2007 The Golden Compass Fra Pavel
2008 Body of Lies Garland
2008 The Duchess Charles James Fox
2009 Boogie Woogie Robert Freign
2010 Robin Hood Father Tancred
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
2011 Jane Eyre Mr. Brocklehurst
2011 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Oliver Lacon
2013 For Those Who Can Tell No Tales Tim Clancy
2014 Magic in the Moonlight Howard Burkan
2014 The Theory of Everything Frank Hawking
2015 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Director Atlee
2016 The Conjuring 2 Maurice Grosse
2016 Allied S.O.E. Official
2018 The Mercy Sir Francis Chichester
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Screenplay Martin Episode: "Burning Ambition"
1989 The Two of Us The Man Episode: "Trust"
1992 The Bill Shaun Anderton Episode: "Man of the People"
1992–93 The Comic Strip Presents Mick / Madman 2 episodes
1994–2004 The Vicar of Dibley Choirmaster Cecil 4 episodes
1995 Performance Ancient Pistol Episode: "Henry IV"
1996 Absolutely Fabulous Conductor Episode: "The Last Shout (Part 1)"
1999 Midsomer Murders Henry Carstairs Episode: "Death of a Stranger"
2010–14 Rev. Archdeacon Robert 19 episodes
2011–13 The Borgias Johannes Burchart 6 episodes
2013 Utopia Christian Donaldson 3 episodes
2014 Knifeman Houdyshell Unsold pilot
2015 The Casual Vacancy Colin "Cubby" Wall Miniseries; 3 episodes
2019 Carnival Row Runyan Millworthy Recurring
1998: Laurence Olivier Award (Best Choreography for „The Caucasian Chalk Circle“ (»Der kaukasische Kreidekreis«), Royal National Theatre, Olivier Stage, London) 1999: Critics' Circle Theatre Award (Best new play for „Mnemonic“ at the Riverside Theatre) 2005: Officer of the Order of the British Empire, „New Years Honours List“ of Queen Elisabeth II. 2007: Nestroy-Theaterpreis (nomination Best Directing for A Disappearing Number at the Wiener Festwochen) 2007: Critics' Circle Theatre Award (Best new play for „A Disappearing Number“ at the Théâtre de Complicité) 2008: Konrad-Wolf-Preis 
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A Disappearing Number
Preceded by Sarah Palmer Footlights Vice President 1979–1980 Succeeded by Emma Thompson
v t e
Laurence Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer
Charles Augins (1991)
Rafael Aguilar (1992)
WorldCat Identities VIAF: 5193251 LCCN: no95032514 ISNI: 0000 0000 5220 7784 GND: 132748142 SUDOC: 131276387 BNF: