Simon Callow was born in London in 1949. He became an actor in 1973; at the National Theatre of Great Britain, in 1979, he created the role of Mozart in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus. Since then he has appeared in theatres all over the British Isles, in Ireland, Australia, Canada, the United States, and Italy. His films include Amadeus, A Room with A View, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Thunderpants and The Phantom of the Opera. His latest film is Acts of Godfrey (in which he plays God, in rhyming couplets). He has directed over thirty plays, musicals and operas, and the film of The Ballad of the Sad Café. He has also written thirteen books, most recently, Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World.