Simon was born in Stoke-on-Trent, the youngest of a large but insane family. He made his professional debut as a dancer in Jim Bowen’s Bulls Eye Summer Special, but later gained a scholarship to the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. After many years in the business his major theatre credits include: West Side Story, The King and I, Roger in Grease, the Preacher in Elvis, Mayor Bottom in Mother Goose, Buggins in Half a Sixpence, a Minstrel in Jolson (in full black face) and the leading roles of Jo in Carmen Jones, Sinbad, Buddy in The Rink, Andrea in Ain’t Misbehavin’, Troll in The Snow Queen and Jim Conley in Parade. In the West End Simon was seen as: Judah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as a swing in Miss Saigon and Starlight Express, both as Little and Eat Moe in Five Guys Named Moe, and was part of the original casts of King, Hot Mikado, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia! and Ragtime.
With the Black Mime Theatre Ensemble he performed in two plays: Dirty Reality and Forgotten Heroes (which he co-devised).