Simon Cadell: The Authorised Biography

Author(s): Brian Slade 

ISBN: 9781781556795
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Telling the story of Hi-de-Hi! star Simon Cadell, a fourth-generation actor taken at the peak of his powers. 
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  • Family and friend interviews tell the story of how a nervous youngster became one of the greatest acting talents of his generation

  • Many unpublished documents and unpublished photographs cast a light on Cadell’s childhood struggles with dyslexia and his escape attempts from boarding school

  • Friends tell of his nervous disposition and utter contempt for the lop-sided face that looked back at him in the mirror, caused by a near fatal childbirth

    When Simon Cadell announced to the world that he had days to live, it signalled the end of a twenty-year stage career that had just seen its finest hour – winning an Olivier Award for Travels with My Aunt.

    The British public had fallen in love with the charms of Cadell as Jeffrey Fairbrother, part of the hugely successful sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, constantly dodging the amorous advances of Ruth Madoc’s Gladys Pugh. But behind the lop-sided smile lay a man full of nerves and insecurity about the looks that ultimately defined his television career.

    As the hapless civil servant Mr Dundridge in Blott on the Landscape, he displayed perfect incompetence played to perfection, brought to triumph by his naked escape from the clutches of Lady Maud as played by Geraldine James. Equally adept at Shakespeare and Chekhov as he was with Whitehall-style farces, Cadell’s was a highly respected stage career achieved via a relentless workload.

    His many appearances as Noel Coward earned him a reputation as the definitive Coward interpreter, something he had first turned his hand to at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

    With access to family photographs and documentation, and sourced by numerous interviews, Simon Cadell: The Authorised Biography tells for the first time the story of a fourth-generation actor who oozed charm and had a zest for a life that was cut tragically short at the peak of his powers.

    BOOK ISBN 9781781556795
    FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
    BINDING Hardback
    PAGES 224 pages
    ILLUSTRATIONS 79 colour photographs



    Born and raised in Dorset, Brian Slade turned his back on a twenty-five-year career in IT to satisfy his writing passions. After success with magazine articles and smaller biographical pieces, Simon Cadell: The Authorised Biography is his first full-length work. Slade is a devoted fan of the comedy stars of yesteryear and was drawn to the story of Cadell through not only Hi-de-Hi!, but also Life Without George, a programme he identified with having grown up in the Thatcher era.