Simon Farnaby Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 25 Sep, 2020
Facts of Simon Farnaby
Date of Birth: 1973 , April-2
Age: 48 years old
Birth Nation: England
Height: 6 Feet 2 Inch
Name Simon Farnaby
Birth Name Simon Farnaby
Nationality English
Birth Place/City Darlington, County Durham, England
Profession Actor, Writer, Comedian
Eye Color Green
Hair Color Blonde
Married Yes
Married to Claire Keelan
Education Richmond School
Awards International Online Cinema Award
Online Presence Twitter
Movies Fat Slags, Burke and Hare, Your Highness, All Stars, Paddington, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Paddington 2, Christopher Robin
TV Show Blunder, Angelo's, Clatterford, The Persuasionists, The Midnight Beast, Horrible Histories, Yonderland, Detectorists, Ghosts
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Simon Farnaby is an English actor, writer, and comedian most known for playing Barry the Security Guard in the live-action/animated movie Paddington and its sequel Paddington 2, and recently, appeared as Julian in the BBC One sitcom Ghosts.  

How Old is Simon Farnaby? What is his Height?

Simon Farnaby was born on April 2, 1973, in Darlington, County Durham, England. He is 47 years old as of September 2020 and stands at 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 meters). 

Farnaby grew up in Wath upon Dearne, South Yorkshire, and attended the nearby Richmond School. 

After graduating, Simon studied art at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London and performed with the National Youth Theatre.


Simon Farnaby became a professional actor in 1994 and made his on-screen debut as Sean Sutcliffe in an episode of The House of Windsor. 

Simon Farnaby in Horrible Histories SOURCE: IMDb

He is most on television for his portrayal of various characters on the CBBC live-action adaptation of Horrible Histories. Other notable TV appearances include his portrayal of Samuel 'Spike' Pike in the BBC One sitcom Jam & Jerusalem, Keaton in the BBC Two sitcom The Persuationists, and Sloman in the E4 sitcom The Midnight Beast. He also played various characters in the Sky 1 sitcom Yonderland.  

He made his feature film debut as a ventriloquist in the 2004 British comedy film Fat Slags. Since then, he has appeared in movies like Burke and Hare, Your Highness, and All Stars.

He also had a small role as Barry the security guy in the 2014 live-action/animated film Paddington and its 2017 sequel Paddington 2. Besides having appearances in both films, he was also a writer on the latter.

Other notable film roles include his appearance as an X-wing pilot in the 2016 Star Wars prequel, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, William Wordsworth in the 2010 black comedy Burke & Hare, and Manious the Bold in the 2011 fantasy film Your Highness. He also had a minor role in the 2018 live-action adaptation of the Winnie-the-Pooh books, Christopher Robin.  

As a comedian, Faranby is a supporting member of The Mighty Boosh comedy troupe and has appeared in their eponymous TV show and starred in their 2009 film Bunny and the Bull. Additionally, 

Most recently, he has appeared as Julian Fawcett MP in the BBC One sitcom Ghosts -- which premiered on April 15, 2019, and has been commissioned for a second and a third season.  

Is Simon Farnaby Married? Does he have Children?

At the time of this writing, Simon Farnaby is married to his second wife, Claire Keelan.

Simon Farnaby with wife Claire Keelan and their daughter SOURCE: Zimbio

With Keelan, Simon is father to a daughter, born in 2013. 

Farnaby was previously married and had children with his first wife.