Simon Farnaby - Biography

Last Modified: Mar 31, 2023

Simon Farnaby
Profession: Actor, Comedian, Writer
Best Known For: Horrible Histories (TV series)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $1.5 million

Personal Details

Born on : April 2, 1973 (age 50)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Simon Farnaby
Birth Place: Darlington, County Durham, England
Horoscope: Aries
Father's Name: N/A
Mother's Name: N/A
Siblings: N/A
High School: Richmond School
University: Webber Douglas Academy
Ethnicity: English
Nationality: British


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife's Name: Claire Keelan

Body Measurements

Height: 1.88 meter (6 feet 2 inch)
Weight: N/A
Hair Color: Blond
Eye Color: Blue
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Simon Farnaby?

Simon Farnaby is an actor, comedian, and writer by profession, and British by nationality. He is best known for his work in the TV series Horrible Histories, Yonderland, Detectorists, Ghosts, and in the films Mindhorn, Paddington 2.

Simon Farnaby in Horrible Histories (Source: IMDb)

Simon Farnaby – Age, Parents, Siblings

Simon Farnaby was born on April 2, 1973, in Darlington, County Durham, England. Aside from these facts, there are no mentions of his early life including the names of his mother, father, and siblings, or what his parents did for a living.

Education, Ethnicity

For education, Simon Farnaby attended Richmond School. Following graduation, he enrolled at Webber Douglas Academy. His ethnicity is English.

Simon Farnaby – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

Simon Farnaby married his girlfriend Claire Keelan, who is also an actress. He and his wife welcomed their daughter Eve in 2014.

His current marriage is his second. There are not many details available on his first spouse/partner as their marriage has ended in divorce.

Simon Farnaby, Claire Keelan (Source: The Times)

Simon Farnaby – Career

Early Days

Farnaby began his career in the early 1990s – his debut screen role being in a 1994 episode of the TV series The House of Windsor. This was followed by roles in the TV series Coronation Street (1996), Spoons (2005), Blunder (2006), etc, and in the films Fat Slags (2004), The Mighty Boosh (2004-2007), Clatterford (2006-2009), Strutter (2007), Angelo's (2007), among others.

Finally, in 2009, he was cast in the TV series Horrible Histories. He portrayed various characters including death and William the Conquerer in 50 episodes of the series, from 2009 to 2015, and is considered her breakthrough in his career.

Films, Series

Over the years Simon Farnaby has starred in the films Burke and Hare (2010), Your Highness (2011), All Stars (2013), Paddington (2014), Bill (2015), Mindhorn (2016), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Paddington 2 (2017), Christopher Robin (2018), The Phantom of the Open (2021), Wonka (2023), among others.

Moreover, he has also portrayed characters in the episodes of the TV series The Persuasionists (2010), Detectorists (2014-2022), BBC Proms (2011), Utopia (2013), The Midnight Beast (2012-2014), Top Coppers (2015), Yonderland (2013-2016), This Time with Alan Partridge (2019-2021), Ghosts (2019-2023), etc.

Simon Farnaby in Ghosts (Source: IMDb)


On the set of Wonka, Simon Farnaby has worked alongside Ellie White, Rakhee Thakrar, Calah Lane, Tracy Ifeachor, and Grant Crookes.

Simon Farnaby – Awards, Nominations

Simon Farnaby has been nominated for the 2018 BAFTA Film Awards-Outstanding British Film and the 2018 BAFTA Film Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay.

Simon Farnaby – Net Worth, Salary

The figure on net worth of Simon Farnaby is estimated at around $1.5 million while his annual salary/earning is not known to the public.

Simon Farnaby – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

Farnaby is absent from social media handles such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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