10 Notable Roles From John Simm
The Lakes (1997)
In writer Jimmy McGovern’s drama The Lakes, Simm takes on the role of Danny Kavanagh, a Liverpudlian gambling addict and aspiring poet. Kavanagh flees to the Lake District, expecting a quiet countryside, only to discover the British ‘burbs are just as corrupt as the big city.
Clocking Off (2000)
In Paul Abbott’s Clocking Off, the BBC drama following the lives of Mackintosh Textile factory workers, Simm plays Stuart Leach, a young father who disappears for over a year, only to resurface with no memory of whereabouts during his absence. The series scored a BAFTA for Best Drama Series in 2001.
Crime and Punishment (2002)
In the BBC TV movie adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Simm stars as Rodya Raskolnikov. “[Simm] is intelligent and sexy, but not in a conventional way,” noted producer David Snodin. “He can combine charm with arrogance and that is essential for Raskolnikov. This has to be the man you want desperately to get away with murder.”
The Canterbury Tales: The Knight’s Tale (2003)
In “The Knight’s Tale,” one of six stand alone drama installments in a modern reworking of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Simm plays Ace, a prisoner who has fallen in love with the same woman as his best friend.
State of Play (2003)
Simm stars as crusading Herald journalist Cal McCaffrey in Paul Abbott’s BBC thriller serial State of Play, a complex, sordid tale of love, politics, corrupt big business and government conspiracy. State of Play picked up a Peabody Award in 2004.
Life on Mars (2006)
In the BAFTA Award-winning series Life on Mars, Simm stars as Detective Inspector Sam Tyler, a police officer in a hit-and-run accident who wakes up to discover he’s been sent back in time, from 2006 to 1973. The series won the International Emmy Award for Best Drama Series in 2006 and 2008.
Doctor Who (2007)
Simm is the seventh actor in Doctor Who series history to play the role of cruel-humored mad man known as The Master. Simm appears final three episodes of Doctor Who’s third series, including “Utopia,” “The Sound of Drums,” and “Last of the Time Lords.”
Doctor Who: The End of Time (Christmas Special 2009)
Thanks to regeneration, Simm reprises his role as The Master in the Doctor Who 2009 Christmas special, “The End of Time.”
In the three-part BBC drama series Exile, Simm stars as Tom Ronstadt, a London journalist whose career failures force him to return to his childhood home, where his father (Jim Broadbent) suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.
The Village (2013)
In Peter Moffet’s The Village, the epic BBC drama chronicling the lives of Derbyshire villagers over the span of 100 years, Simm plays John Middleton, a quick-tempered farmer stuggling to provide for his family and revive his failing farm in the summer of 1914.
In the three-part thriller Prey, Simm plays Marcus Farrow, a detective whose life unravels when his wife and son are found murdered. After narrowly escaping police custody, Farrow hits the streets as an outlaw on the hunt for the truth behind the killings.