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Simon Jones
Born 27 July 1950 (1950-07-27) (age 59)
Charlton Park, Wiltshire, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1976–present
Jones as Sir Walter Raleigh in the Blackadder episode "Potato"

Simon Jones (born 27 July 1950) is an English actor, most famous for his appearances in the television and radio series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, in which he played the lead role of Arthur Dent from 1978 to 2005. Its author, Douglas Adams, later said that he wrote the part of Arthur Dent with Simon Jones in mind.

Jones also appeared in various other TV series, including the second series of Blackadder (playing Sir Walter Raleigh) and Brideshead Revisited (in which he played the Earl of Brideshead --'Bridey'--, the heir to the Marquess of Marchmain), and films, including Club Paradise, Privates on Parade, Miracle on 34th Street, Green Card, Griffin & Phoenix and The Devils Own.

Like some of the Pythons, he studied at the Cambridge University and was a member of the famous Footlights, where he also met Douglas Adams. This led to Jones being cast in Out of the Trees and later The Hitchhiker's Guide and the film Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. He has also appeared some of the solo film projects of the members of Monty Python: American Friends, Brazil and 12 Monkeys.

Jones has appeared in several Broadway plays, including The Real Thing, as Max (1985), Benefactors, as Colin (1985), Getting Married, as Reginald Bridgenorth (1991), Private Lives, as Elyot Chase (1992), The Real Inspector Hound, as Moon, and The Fifteen Minute Hamlet, as Hamlet, which played together in (1992), The School for Scandal, as Joseph Surface (1995), Ring Round the Moon, as Romainville (1999) and Waiting in the Wings, as Perry Lascoe (1999). March, 2009 he opens in Blithe Spirit, as Dr. Bradman, with Angela Lansbury and Rupert Everett. Off-Broadway he has a long list of credits, and was nominated for the 1990 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for his role in Privates on Parade. Regional theatre at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, Simon starred as Christopher Gore in the American premier of Brian Friel's The Home Place in late 2007. He returned there in late 2008 to portray C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands.

Jones is also a voice actor and audiobook presenter, with more than 70 titles to his credit. Among them are:

In 2003, he reprised his role as Arthur Dent in a new radio series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The same year he was involved in the filming of the movie version of the first novel, making a brief cameo appearance in the role of the holographic Magrathean answering machine/automated defence system.

His 2006 audio book reading of Mitch Cullin's A Slight Trick of the Mind won the Audio Publishers Association's 2006 Audie Award for Unabridged Fiction.

Easter week (6-11 April 2009) he will be heard as master detective Sexton Blake on BBC Radio 2 in the six-part series, The Adventures of Sexton Blake!.

In addition to his work as an actor, Simon Jones is also a co-artistic director at New York Off-Broadway company The Actors Company Theatre (TACT), where he played the role of Jack in the play Home by David Storey.

On November 25, 2009 Simon Jones finally met his long-lost cousin Daniel Craig after Daniel Craig's performance on Broadway in A Steady Rain. Simon's aunt's grandson is Daniel Craig.

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