Jay Simon

Jay Simon was born in London to a Polish/German father and English/Welsh mother.

His first professional job at the age of thirteen was with the English National Opera, as one of the three Spirits in Jonathan Miller’s production of ‘The Magic Flute’ . Jay went on to study Drama (B.A Hons) at U.C.W Aberystwyth Wales.

After graduating Jay was invited to Co-direct ‘Nothing Sacred’, at Theatre Clwydd Wales. Then he worked in Theatre in Education with shows: ‘The Mole-catcher’s Daughter’ and ‘Introducing Shakespeare’ with Traffic of the Stage London.

Jay had the opportunity to travel to Canada to appear as Lysander and Quince in the Edmonton Festival production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Whilst there he spent time working with Metis Native Indians in the Spirit Song Theatre Company. He toured British Columbia with a one man show ‘Merely Players’ and trained in screen acting at the Gastown Actors’ Institute.

Jay further traveled to Dharmsala, India to teach improvisation and modern method to Tibetan actors in Llamo Theatre.

Returning to the UK Jay landed lead theatre roles in: ‘A slice of Saturday Night’, (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch,) ‘Guys and Dolls’ at Wormwood Scrubbs Prison with a cast including twenty three lifers , (Pimlico Opera) and ‘The little shop of horrors’, (Jersey Opera).

Jay’s first lead television role was for Channel Four UK as the rogue Celadon in ‘Good Friday 1663’. Other TV work includes series: ‘My Family’, ‘Holby City’, ‘Casualty’, ‘The Bill’, ‘Bernard’s Watch’, ‘Barbara’, ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’, ‘The Knock’, ‘Murder in Suburbia’ ‘Molly Monster’ and ‘Fur TV’. Notably Jay appeared in the international highly acclaimed TV series ‘Perfect Strangers’, (directed by Steven Poliakoff), as Michael Gambon’s father Lionel in the past.

Jay also appeared in several movies whilst living in the UK including : a cockney villain in the Jack Higgins’ thriller ‘Midnight Man’, a Fight Attendant in ‘The Wedding Date’, a Russian gangster Boss in ‘Heavy Duty’ and an American white collar villain in ‘Daybreak’.

Other UK TV work includes series: ‘My Family’, ‘Holby City’, ‘Casualty’, ‘The Bill’, ‘Bernard’s Watch’, ‘Barbara’, ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’, ‘The Knock’, ‘Murder in Suburbia’ ‘Molly Monster’ and ‘Fur TV’.

In 2012 Jay moved to New Zealand. He has appeared in several NZ TV shows: ‘Shortland Street’, ‘The Guy and Harley Show’, ‘Filthy Rich’, ‘Roman Empire 2’ and ‘Straight Forward’.

Films in New Zealand include: ‘ARA’ , ‘Older’ ‘Clear Eyes-Rise of the Zombies’ and ‘Bombshell: The sinking of the Rainbow Warrior’ .

Jay is a prolific voiceover artist providing TV characters voices including: three seasons of ‘Power Rangers’, ‘Finley the Fire engine’ and ‘Big, Big World’. He voiced the roles of Poppa,the Captain and Edisson on the 2016 movie ‘Molly Monster’

Video games characters include games : ‘Haze’, ‘Jericho’ ‘The Witcher’ ‘Spartan: Total Warrior’ and ‘Paths of Exile’

As well as acting Jay enjoys directing, singing and writing. He spends his spare time with his wife and three children, with pet dog Becky in beautiful Wanaka NZ.

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