Simon Coates



Simon Beresford


Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Dir: Tomas Alfredson
Working Title
Beginner's Luck Dir: Nick Cohen


Blithe Spirit Dir: Richard Eyre
Theatre Royal Bath & Duke of York's Theatre
The Cherry Orchard Dir: Michael Boyd
The Royal Exchange Theatre and Bristol Old Vic
Richard III Dir: Rupert Goold
Almeida Theatre
1984 Dir: Robert Icke
Headlong Theatre, Playhouse Theatre, UK & International Tour
King John Dir: James Dacre
Globe Theatre & UK Tour
Regeneration Dir: Simon Godwin
Royal & Derngate Northampton & UK Tour
1984 Dir: Robert Icke
Headlong Theatre, Playhouse Theatre
Donkeys' Years Dir: Lisa Spirling
Rose Theatre, Kingston
The Misanthrope Dir: Gemma Bodinetz
ETT, Liverpool Everyman & UK Tour
The Alchemist Dir: Robert Icke
Liverpool Everyman
Romeo & Juliet Dir: Robert Icke
Headlong / UK Tour
Tartuffe Dir: Gemma Bodinetz
ETT, Liverpool Everyman & UK Tour
Plenty Dir: Thea Sharrock
Sheffield Crucible Theatre
The Prince of Homburg Dir: Jonathan Munby
Donmar Warehouse
Arthur And George Dir: Rachel Kavanagh
Bham Rep & Nottingham
The Hypochondriac Dir: Gemma Boldinetz
Liverpool Playhouse & Tour
The Real Thing Dir: Alan Stanford
Gate Theatre, Dublin
Wuthering Heights Dir: Indhu Rubasingham
Birmingham Rep & Tour
Tartuffe Dir: Gemma Bodinetz
Liverpool Playhouse & Rose Theatre Kingston
Life After Scandal Dir: Anthony Clarke
Hampstead Theatre
The Constant Wife Dir: Alan Stanford
The Gate Theatre Dublin & Spoleto Festival, Charleston
Translations Dir: Sean Holmes
National Theatr
Arcadia Dir: Rachel Kavanagh
BOV & Birmingham Rep
The Merry Wives Of Windsor Dir: Rachel Kavanagh
Royal Shakespeare Co
(Tour & West End)
Coriolanus Dir: David Farr
Royal Shakespeare Co
(Tour & West End)
Hand In Hand Dir: Gemma Bodinetz
Hampstead Theatre
Luminosity Dir: Gemma Bodinetz
Royal Shakespeare Company
Loveplay Dir: Anthony Clark
Royal Shakespeare Company
The Taming Of The Shrew Dir: Lindsay Posner
Royal Shakespeare Company
The Comedy Of Errors Dir: Tim Supple
Royal Shakespeare Company
The Miser Dir: Nick Broadhurst
Chichester Festival Theatre
As You Like It
Olivier Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor
New York Drama Desk Award for 'Outstanding Featured Actor
Dir: Declan Donnellan
Cheek by Jowl
Arcadia Dir: Trevor Nunn
National Theatre
Macbeth Dir: Richard Eyre
National Theatre
A Midsummer Night's Dream Dir: Robert LePage
National Theatre
Pygmalion Dir: Howard Davies
National Theatre
Murmuring Judges Dir: Richard Eyre
National Theatre
Arturo Ui Dir: Di Trevis
National Theatre
Black Snow Dir: Bill Gaskill
National Theatre
Vassa Dir: Katie Mitchell
The Gate Theatre
Sinderby Dir: Mike Fields
The Mermaid Theatre
You Never Can Tell Dir: Roger Clissold
Thorndike Theatre
The Importance Of Being Earnest Dir: Lou Stein
National Tour
Pravda Dir: David Horlock
Salisbury Playhouse
Melchester Dir: Sonia Wooley
Salisbury Playhouse
The Italian Straw Hat Dir: John Doyle
Everyman, Cheltenham
Anyone Can Whistle Dir: John Doyle
Everyman, Cheltenham
Tomfoolery Dir: John Doyle
Everyman, Cheltenham
A Midsummer Night's Dream Dir: Phyllida Lloyd
Everyman, Cheltenham
Twelfth Night Dir: Stuart Trotter
Northcott, Exeter
Mr Cinders Dir: Andrew McKinnon
Theatre Royal, York
Dinner On Broadway Dir: Rob Mitchell
Nottingham Playhouse
Bells Are Ringing Dir: John Doyle
Greenwich Theatre
Rosencratz & Guildenstern Are Dead Dir: David Horlock
Salisbury Playhouse
Fiddler On The Roof Dir: Gerry Tebbutt
Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
Cabaret Dir: David Horlock
Salisbury Playhouse
Happy As A Sandbag Earnest Dir: Warren Hooper
Swan Theatre, Worcester
Sinderby Dir: Mike Fields
Swan Theatre, Worcester


Stephen Dir: Alrick Riley
Hat Trick/ ITV
Eastenders Dir: Richard Lynn
Doctors Dir: Paul Gibson
Holby City Dir: Michael Buffong
Eastenders Dir: Christopher Richards
The Amazing Mrs Pritchard Dir: Declan Lowney
Kudos Ltd
The Bill - Ep. 117 Dir: Declan Lowney
Thames TV
Dream Team - Series VII Hewland International
A Touch Of Frost Dir: Don Lever
Yorkshire Television
The Bill Dir: Gwennan Sage
Thames Television


As You Like It - Cheek By Jowl, directed Declan Donnellan

New York Drama Desk Award for 'Outstanding Featured Actor'
Olivier Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor


Driving Licence, Motorbike Licence, Strong Singer (Baritone), Guitar (Good Standard), Horse Riding, Fencing, Fluent French, Strong Swimmer, Tennis, Cricket, Squash, Running, Ballet,
& Period Dancing.


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” “Simon Coates gives a vintage performance as Uncle Leonid (Gayev), one of Chekhov’s lively bores, a man incapable of stilling his own tongue.” - The Observer

” ....a notable, well-spoken contribution from Simon Coates as a formidable King Philip of France.” - Michael Coveney (

“Simon Coates delivers a stout, vacillating French king.” - Quentin Letts (The Daily Mail)


“Doctor Yealland is brilliantly repellent in Simon Coates’ performance”. (The Independent)

“Simon Coates’ performance as Yealland is superb”. (The Sunday Times)

“...played to perfection by Simon Coates”
“Coates’s winning turn is almost worth the admission price alone” - Dominic Cavendish (The Daily Telegraph)

“Simon Coates, excellent as the ridiculous verbose Sir Epicure Mammon” - Carole Baldock (

“There are some delightful performances, particularly from Simon Coates as naive nobleman Sir Epicure Mammon, visually a sort of young Simon Ward-gone-to-seed, who compiles the kind of fanciful wishlist one might dream up while clutching a rollover lottery ticket.” - (The Liverpool Echo)

“The supporting performances are terrific…Simon Coates’s Friar Laurence is an entertaining modern cleric.” - Kate Kellaway (The Observer)

“Simon Coates…a stunning blend of arch attitude, fierce comic delivery and considerable humanity”  (Variety Magazine)

“A number of actors stand out…Simon Coates shifts brilliantly from befuddled spouse to envious tribune”  (The Daily Telegraph)

“...played with a fine regard to the art of spin by Simon Coates”  (The Daily Telegraph)

“Particularly good is Simon Coates who seamlessly makes the jump from randy MP to repressed vicar”  (

“Simon Coates switches deftly from jolly, rogering 1820s patriarch to closeted Victorian cleric” (The Guardian)


“Certain performances are outstanding. Simon Coates is so sincere and eloquent as Antipholus of Ephesus that I wish the part was twice as large and twice as complex”.  (Financial Times)

“...kept afloat by nicely honed lead performances…balanced by Coates’ hotheaded Antipholus” (Variety Magazine)

“Simon Coates’ subtly acted Antipholus of Ephesus…an intelligent delight” (The Independent)

“Simon Coates is an impressive performer, boasting a wonderful speaking voice. His depiction of John veers between the completely serious and the blustering fool”  (RTE)

“Simon Coates’ Cléante, dry of wit and droll in delivery”  (The Independent)

“ excellent Simon Coates”  (Financial Times)

““The best performances come from the ­buttoned-up chaps, in particular Simon Coates as a diplomatic mandarin”. - Patrick Marmion (The Daily Mail)

“...terrific comic turn from Simon Coates as a wily diplomat”  (The Daily Telegraph)

“I’ve never seen the Rosalind-Celia relationship better handled.  Simon Coates plays the latter as an emotionally possessive figure…one of the great Shakespeare productions of our time”  (The Guardian)

“Simon Coates is hilarious…the mood becomes dizzying”  (Evening Standard)


Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown
Height: 5’10”

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