Simon Williams

Born Jun 16, 1946

Simon Williams is an English actor known for playing James Bellamy in the period drama Upstairs, Downstairs. Frequently playing upper-middle class or aristocratic upper class roles, he is also known for playing Dr. Charles Cartwright in the sitcom Don't Wait Up and Sir Charles Merrick in medical drama Holby City.… Read More

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1946 Birth Simon Williams was born in Windsor, Berkshire, in 1946; his parents were actor Hugh Williams and actor/model Margaret Vyner. … Read More


1967 21 Years Old Williams has appeared on stage in many productions, and has also directed a number of plays. He first appeared on television in 1967 in Man in a Suitcase, and in 1969 played the lead role in Slim John.
1971 25 Years Old He got his big break in 1971 when he made his first appearance as James Bellamy in the Upstairs, Downstairs episode "Board Wages".
1975 29 Years Old Williams would go on to appear in 37 episodes until the penultimate episode "All the King's Horses" in 1975. … Read More


1979 33 Years Old From 1979 to 1981, he played Laurence Lucas in Agony, a role he reprised in 1995 in Agony Again. … Read More
1981 35 Years Old In 1981, he played Buddo in the TV series Kinvig.
1985 39 Years Old In 1985, Williams replaced Richard Heffer to play Dr. Charles Cartwright in the sitcom Don't Wait Up, a role Williams continued for three series until 1990. … Read More


1986 40 Years Old Williams married actress Belinda Carroll, with whom he had two children, Tam and Amy, both actors. They divorced. He married again in 1986 to the actress Lucy Fleming, the daughter of Peter Fleming and Celia Johnson and the niece of James Bond creator Ian Fleming. … Read More
1992 46 Years Old In 1992 Williams starred in the series The Mixer, his co-star was Jeremy Clyde of Chad & Jeremy fame, and appeared as Charles Elliot in the 1997 film The Opium War.
1994 48 Years Old Williams has also had recurring roles as Gerald Trigg in Law and Disorder in 1994 and Sir Charles Merrick in Holby City from 2000 to 2003.


2000 54 Years Old In 2000, he appeared on BBC Radio's Just a Minute.
2002 56 Years Old In 2002 he appeared in the film The Gathering Storm, and has also appeared in the Doctor Who audio drama Nekromanteia.


2008 62 Years Old In 2008, he appeared in an episode of the BBC spy series Spooks as bank owner Sir Francis Denham.
2009 63 Years Old In 2009, Williams returned to the fictional world of Holby to make a one-off appearance in Casualty as Professor de Silva, the father of junior doctor Toby de Silva.
2010 64 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2010, he appeared as Lord Godwyn in the television series Merlin in the episode "The Changeling".
2011 65 Years Old 1 More Event
Williams made a guest appearance in the fourth season of the Canadian series Murdoch Mysteries, in 2011, called, "Downstairs, Upstairs", in honour of the actor's famous role.
2012 66 Years Old In 2012, Williams appeared in Chariots of Fire, the stage adaptation of the film of the same title. … Read More
2015 69 Years Old In 2015 Williams appeared as Jeremiah Moxley in the BBC TV series Father Brown episode 3.7 "The Kembleford Boggart"
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