Josette Patricia Simon OBE (born 1958) is a British actor from Leicester of Antiguan descent. She trained for the stage at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
After leaving Central School of Speech and Drama she was chosen to play the part of Dayna Mellanby in the third and fourth seasons of the television sci-fi series Blake's 7. Her recent television work includes roles in Lewis, Casualty, Skins, Midsomer Murders, The Last Detective, Death in Paradise and the Poirot episode "The Mystery of the Blue Train".
Simon's film appearances include Cry Freedom and Milk and Honey, for which she was nominated for a Best Actress award. In 1992 she starred alongside Brenda Fricker in the TV film Seekers, produced by Sarah Lawson.
Simon is also a notable stage actress who has performed frequently with the Royal National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, being cast as one of the three 'weird sisters' in Macbeth alongside Kathy Behean, Lesley Sharp and Bob Peck who played the lead. Josette has been cast as Cleopatra in the Royal Shakespeare Company's upcoming 2017 production of Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Iqbal Khan.
As a black actress, she has been at the forefront of 'colour-blind casting', frequently taking roles traditionally considered white.
One example is Maggie in Arthur Miller's After the Fall, which has been said to have been based on Marilyn Monroe, former wife of Miller, a performance which won Simon the Evening Standard's Best Actress award in 1990, as well as several Best Actress nominations.
She was also nominated for a Best Actress award for her performance in Golden Girls at the RSC.
In 2009 she appeared in the inaugural episode of the resurrected TV series Minder.
Awards and honours
Simon was awarded the OBE for services to drama in 2000, and also received an honorary Master of Arts degree from the University of Leicester in 1995.
Simon married Mark Padmore in 1996, but the couple divorced in 2004. They have one child.
|1987||Cry Freedom||Dr. Ramphele|
|1988||Milk and Honey||Joanna Bell|
|1980||Blake's 7||Dayna Mellanby||26 Episodes|
|1981||1..2..3..Go!||Herself (Presenter)||Various Episodes|
|1984||Play for Today||Linda King||"King"|
|1988||Thompson||Various Roles||2 Episodes|
|1989||Capital City||Beatrice||"Take Over"|
|1992||Nice Town||Frankie Thompson||3 Episodes|
|1997||Kavanagh QC||Dr. Hilary Jameson||"Blood Money"|
|1998||Dalziel and Pascoe||Eileen Anstiss||"Bones and Silence"|
|2003||The Last Detective||Jemma Duvall||"Lofty"|
|2005||Hercule Poirot||Mirelle Miles||"The Mystery of the Blue Train"|
|2006||Casualty||Sarah Keith||"The Sunny Side of the Street, Part 1 & 2"|
|2009||Casualty||Frances Liveley||6 Episodes|
|2010||Casualty||Frances Liveley||"Loves Me, Loves Me Not"|
|2011||Silent Witness||Mrs Ferris||2 Episodes – "First Casualty: Part 1 & 2"|
|2012||New Tricks||Vera||1 Episode – "Queen and Country"|
|2012||Merlin||The Euchdag||2 Episodes – "Arthur's Bane: Parts One & Two"|
|2014||Death in Paradise||Judge Anne Stone||1 Episode - "An Artistic Murder"|
|2014||Suspects||Dr. Melanie Standish||1 Episode|