Simon Hew Dalrymple Fanshawe OBE (born 26 December 1956, in Devizes, England) is a writer and broadcaster. He contributes frequently to British newspapers, TV and radio. He is also now a consultant and non-executive director of public and private organisations. Fanshawe is one of the founders of the LGBT charity Stonewall. He won the Perrier Comedy Award in 1989.
Fanshawe first came to public attention as a comedian in the early 1980s. In 1984, he appeared on the Channel 4 comedy sketch/stand-up show The Entertainers, which showcased up-and-coming comedy talent, and later that year appeared in his comedy act Three of a Different Kind at the Edinburgh Festival. Following a nomination in 1987, he later won the prestigious Perrier Comedy Award in 1989. He had a stint as a presenter on the BBC television programme That's Life! in 1990.
Alongside working in comedy, Fanshawe has been a frequent contributor on a variety of subjects from arts to politics in newspapers and on many BBC radio and TV programmes. His BBC Radio 4 profile light-heartedly describes him as a "media tart".
Fanshawe has been involved in many community and campaigning groups and public bodies – often as a board member. He led the successful campaign to make Brighton and Hove a city in 2000. He was the chairman of the board for the Brighton Festival Fringe and is on the board of the Edinburgh Fringe. He founded and chaired the economic strategy body of his home town, The Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership. He was chairman of Brighton & Hove Local Radio Ltd from 1996 to 2000, when the company was acquired by Forever Broadcasting.
In 2007, Fanshawe presented the first programme in the BBC's Building Britain series, concentrating his attentions on the key role of developers in making cities over the last two centuries.
In 2017, Fanshawe presented the BBC documentary Brighton: 50 Years of Gay in which he examined the landmark Sexual Offences Act 1967, which legalised male homosexual acts in the UK, and its effect on the population of the City of Brighton.
Fanshawe was educated at two independent boarding schools: Chafyn Grove School in Salisbury in Wiltshire, and Marlborough College in Wiltshire, followed by the University of Sussex near Brighton, where he studied law. He is now chair of the university's governing council. He was appointed OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to higher education.
Newspapers and magazines
Fanshawe has contributed articles to the following publications:
Fanshawe has been a presenter or contributor on the following radio programmes:
- Sunday Brunch
- Fanshawe on Five
- The Reference Library
- Live From London
- Fanshawe Gets to the Bottom Of...
- Loose Ends
- The Motion Show
- That's Life!, a BBC television light entertainment series. A humour contributor, for one series only, in 1990.
- Thames Roadshow
- Live from Jongleurs
- Brighton: 50 Years of Gay (2017)
- Fanshawe, Simon (2005), The done thing, Century, ISBN 978-1-84413-873-9, OCLC 57693237
- Fanshawe, Simon; Ltd, BBC Audiobooks (2007), Bridging the gap (Audiobook), BBC Audiobooks, ISBN 978-1-4056-0949-4
- Fanshawe, Simon (2007), "Manners: Moral authority", New Statesman, New Statesman Ltd: 50, ISSN 1364-7431, OCLC 133449672
- Hall, Julian (11 August 2009). "Fringe benefits: How winning the top comedy prize at Edinburgh can transform a performer's life". The Independent.
- "Simon Fanshawe". Simonfanshawe.com. Archived from the original on 13 May 2007. Retrieved 14 January 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Simon Fanshawe re-elected as Chair of BHEP Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership". Brightonbusiness.co.uk. Retrieved 15 January 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Fanshawe, Simon (21 April 2006). "Society now accepts gay men as equals. So why on earth do so many continue to behave like teenagers?". The Observer.
- "The trouble with a documentary on gay men". Pink News. 25 April 2006. Retrieved 15 January 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Co-founder of Stonewall calls for calm". Holyrood Website. 31 October 2019.
- "BBC One - Brighton: 50 Years of Gay". BBC.
- "Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Simon Fanshawe, writer and broadcaster". The Independent. London. 11 May 2006. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
- "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 10.
- "Mr Simon Fanshawe : Governance". University of Sussex. Retrieved 15 January 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Sale, Jonathan (11 May 2006). "PassedFailed: An education in the life of Simon Fanshawe writer and broadcaster". The Independent.
- Delingpole, James; Fanshawe, Simon (2005), "BOOKS – The Done Thing", The Spectator, F.C. Westley: 50, ISSN 0038-6952, OCLC 99780022
- "Table manners off Britons' menus". BBC News. 15 November 2005.