The Info List - Simon McBurney

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Simon Montagu McBurney, OBE (born 25 August 1957)[1] 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

Early life[edit] 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.[2] His parents were distant cousins who met during World War II.[3] He studied English literature
English literature
at Peterhouse, Cambridge, graduating in 1980. After his father died, he moved to Paris
and trained for the theatre at the Jacques Lecoq Institute.[3] Career[edit]

McBurney at the Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh International Festival
on 6 August 2015

McBurney is a founder and artistic director of the UK-based theatre company Complicite, which performs throughout the world.[4] 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
The Elephant Vanishes
(2003); A Disappearing Number (2007); A Dog's Heart (2010); and The Master and Margarita (2011). A Disappearing Number
A Disappearing Number
was a devised piece conceived and directed by McBurney, taking as its inspiration the story of the collaboration between two of the 20th century's most remarkable pure mathematicians, the Indian genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, and Cambridge
don G.H. Hardy.[5] It played at the Barbican in autumn 2008 and toured internationally. In February 2009, McBurney directed the Complicite production Shun-kin, based on two texts by Jun'ichiro Tanizaki. It was produced in London
and Tokyo in 2010. On a freelance basis, McBurney directed the following: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and All My Sons
All My Sons
(2008) (both in New York City), and live comedy shows, including Lenny Henry's So Much Things To Say and French and Saunders' Live in 2000. McBurney is an established screen actor. He played the recurring role of Cecil the choirmaster in The Vicar of Dibley, CIA computer whiz Garland in Body of Lies, Dr. Atticus Noyle in The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Nigel Stone in The Last King of Scotland, the metrosexual husband Aaron in Friends with Money, Fra Pavel in The Golden Compass, Charles James Fox
Charles James Fox
in The Duchess, and Oliver Lacon in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He also wrote the story and was an executive producer for Mr. Bean's Holiday. From 2010 to 2014, he appeared in the BBC
comedy television series Rev., portraying the role of Archdeacon Robert. McBurney provided the voice of Kreacher in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
– Part 1 (2010). In the series The Borgias, he portrayed the canon law expert Johannes Burchart. He is the Artiste Associé of the 66th Festival d'Avignon (2012). In the premiere of The Encounter at the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival, McBurney tells the story of photographer Loren McIntyre, who in 1969, found himself lost amongst the remote Korubo people of the Javari Valley, on the border between Brazil
and Peru.[6] In July 2015, he starred as Atlee, the director of MI6
in the film Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, and in 2016, he portrayed paranormal investigator Maurice Grosse in the horror film sequel The Conjuring 2.[7] Personal life[edit] He lives in London
with his wife, the concert pianist Cassie Yukawa, and three children.[8] In the 2005 New Year Honours, McBurney was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Order of the British Empire
(OBE) "for services to Drama".[9] He is an Ambassador for Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples' rights.[10] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

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

2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
– Part 1 Kreacher Voice

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[11] 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 [12]


^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 20 January 2014.  ^ Costa, Maddy (11 September 2010). "A life in theatre: Simon McBurney". The Guardian.  ^ a b O'Mahony, John (1 January 2005). "Anarchy in the UK - Profile: Simon McBurney". The Guardian.  ^ Thorpe, Vanessa. "Sophie Hunter: The Opera Director Who Has to Dodge Paparazzie". Sophie Hunter Central.  ^ A Disappearing Number
A Disappearing Number
at the Barbican ^ "The Encounter". Edinburgh International Festival.  ^ Kroll, Justin (September 17, 2015). "'Harry Potter' Actor Simon McBurney Joins 'Conjuring 2' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.  ^ Jacques, Adam (20 September 2011). "How We Met: Simon McBurney
Simon McBurney
and Kathryn Hunter". The Independent.  ^ "No. 57509". The London
Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2004. p. 12.  ^ "Actor and director Simon McBurney
Simon McBurney
becomes Survival International Ambassador". Survival International. 2 February 2017.  ^ Petski, Denise (9 October 2017). "'Carnival Row' Casts Simon McBurney; Jonny Coyne Joins 'The Blacklist'". Deadline. Retrieved 15 December 2017.  ^ vgl. Wildermann, Patrick: Bitte schnell was trinken. In: Der Tagesspiegel (Berlin), Oktober 21, 2008, p. 22

External links[edit]

Simon McBurney
Simon McBurney
on IMDb Simon McBurney
Simon McBurney
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Profile: Simon McBurney
Simon McBurney
at The Guardian American Theatre Wing's Working in the Theatre Episode on Solo Performance featuring McBurney

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Laurence Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer

Charles Augins (1991) Rafael Aguilar (1992) Susan Stroman
Susan Stroman
(1993) Luke Cresswell / Steve McNicholas (1994) David Atkins
David Atkins
/ Dein Perry (1995) Dein Perry (1996) Bob Avian (1997) Simon McBurney
Simon McBurney
(1998) Susan Stroman
Susan Stroman
(1999) Garth Fagan
Garth Fagan
(2000) Bob Fosse
Bob Fosse
/ Ann Reinking
Ann Reinking
(2001) Matthew Bourne
Matthew Bourne
(2002) Matthew Bourne
Matthew Bourne
(2003) Karen Bruce (2004) Matthew Bourne
Matthew Bourne
/ Stephen Mear (2005) Peter Darling (2006) Javier de Frutos (2007) Toby Sedgwick (2008) Steven Hoggett (2009) Stephen Mear (2010) Leon Baugh (2011) Peter Darling (2012) Bill Deamer (2013) Casey Nicholaw (2014) Sergio Trujillo (2015) Drew McOnie (2016) Matthew Bourne
Matthew Bourne

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