Simon John Cadell
19 July 1950
|Died||6 March 1996 (aged 45)|
|Spouse(s)||Rebecca Croft (m. 1985)|
Born in London, he was the son of theatrical agent John Cadell, grandson of the Scottish character actress Jean Cadell, great nephew of Francis Cadell RSA, the brother of the actress Selina Cadell and commercials director Patrick Cadell, the cousin of the actor Guy Siner and son-in-law of the television producer David Croft. He was educated at The Hall School in Hampstead and Bedales School at Petersfield where his close friends included Gyles Brandreth, who remained a friend until Cadell's death.
Cadell was a member of the National Youth Theatre and appeared with them in the 1967 production of Zigger Zagger. He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. His first successes were found in the theatre in the mid to late 1970s. An early television role was in Simon Gray's 'Play for Today's in 1975 Plaintiffs and Defendants and the sequel Two Sundays both opposite Alan Bates. He then provided the voice of Blackberry in the animated adaptation of Watership Down (1978), based on the novel by Richard Adams. Subsequently, he had roles in television programmes such as Enemy at the Door (1978–80), and also appeared briefly in the disaster film Meteor (1979) as a TV news reporter.
He is best remembered for his role as the well-meaning holiday camp manager Jeffrey Fairbrother in the BBC situation comedy Hi-de-Hi! (1980–84) and for playing the disingenuous civil servant Dundridge in the screen adaptation of a novel by Tom Sharpe, Blott on the Landscape (1985). On radio he played the elven-king Celeborn in the BBC adaptation of The Lord of the Rings (1981). He appeared in the BBC sitcom Life Without George (1987–1989) which ran for three series.
Cadell appeared in the 1991 British comedy series Singles. Other television credits include, Minder, Bergerac, The Kenny Everett Television Show and Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected. He was also in heavy demand as a voice-over for television commercials. He narrated the children's television series Bump for the BBC which is all about a baby elephant (who always bumps into things) and his friend Birdie.
In January 1993 Cadell, a heavy smoker of up to 80 cigarettes a day, suffered a near-fatal heart attack after giving a recital with Joanna Lumley at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, in London. He returned to the stage four months after undergoing triple heart bypass surgery, but was diagnosed with cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, in September 1993, while being treated for pneumonia.
Three months after Cadell's death, his best friend Jeremy Sinden, who was five weeks older than him, also died of cancer. For more than 30 years, Simon Cadell's father, John, had been the theatrical agent of Jeremy Sinden's father, Donald Sinden.
|1975||Play for Today: Plaintiffs and Defendants||Sallust|
|1975||Play for Today: Two Sundays||Sallust|
|1978–1980||Enemy at the Door||Hauptsturmführer Reinicke|
|1978||Edward & Mrs. Simpson||Major John Aird||
1980 The Executioner play for the day Mr. Fowler
|1980–1984||Hi-de-Hi!||Prof. Jeffrey Fairbrother|
|1981||Bergerac||Hedley Cross||"Campaign for Silence" (1981)|
|1981–1984||Tales of the Unexpected||Co-pilot
"Have a Nice Death" (1984)
|1985||Blott on the Landscape||Mr. Dundridge|
|1987–1989||Life Without George||Larry Wade|
|1989||Anything More Would Be Greedy||Narrator|
|1989||Frederick Forsyth Presents: Pride and Extreme Prejudice||Wilson|
|1989||Minder||William Pierce||"The Wrong Goodbye" (1989)|
|1979||Meteor||BBC News Reporter||Uncredited|
|1996||The Cold Light of Day||Vladimir Kozant|
- Nicholas Shakespeare "The Diary of a Lifetime by Gyles Brandreth: review", Daily Telegraph, 31 October 2009
- Younger, Alexandra (8 March 1996). "Obituary: Simon Cadell". The Independent.
- Herald Scotland
- GRO Register of Deaths: MAR 1996 A38C 170 WESTMINSTER - Simon John Cadell, DoB 19 Jul 1950, aged 45
- "Simon Cadell". Croydon Life. 14 June 2008.