Simon Farnaby

Writer for film & TV and actor

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Biography

Simon is a writer for film and TV and a well-known on screen talent.

His original comedy feature, Mindhorn, starring Julian Barratt and produced by Scott Free/BBC Films shoots summer 2015. He is also writing on the Paddington sequel with Paul King. 

The hit Sky series he co-created, writes and stars in, Yonderland, is currently airing its series two and he is working the third series.

the kind of quick thinking that forces you to sometimes rewind and watch again to fully appreciate the craft.

Julia Raeside
The Guardian on Yonderland, Series 2

More on Yonderland, Series 2

Rare is the programme that can keep both kids and their parents entertained, but Yonderland consistently pulls it off

Ellen E Jones
Independent on Yonderland, Series 2

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CV

Film

Writer & Creator

Mindhorn
Feature
Director Sean Foley
Starring
  • Julian Barratt
  •  
    Surreal police comedy co-written with Julian Barratt
    StudioCanal
    Scott Free Productions & BBC Films
    Shooting
     

    Writer & Performer

    Paddington
    Feature
    Barry 
    Producer David Heyman
    Director Paul King
    Starring
  • Hugh Bonneville
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Sally Hawkins
  • Samuel Joslin
  • Ben Whishaw
  • Julie Walters
  •  
    A lost Peruvian bear finds shelter with a kind family, but a museum taxidermist has designs on his rare hide
    Studio Canal
    Heyday Films
     

    Performer

    The Earl of Croydon 
    Director Richard Bracewell
     
    BBC Films
     
    The Foreman 
    Director Ben Gregor
     
    Flying Squad Ltd
     
    Wordsworth 
    Director John Landis
     
    Ealing Studios/Fragile Films
     
    Bunny 
    Director Paul King
     
    Warp X Films
     
    Manious the Bold 
    Director David Gordon Green
     
    Universal
     

    TV

    Writer

    Starring
  • Lucy Montgomery
  •  
    Commissioned to write sketches for comedy pilot
    BBC
    In development
     

    Performer

    Dr Schafer 
    Director Céin McGillicuddy
     
    Roughcut for BBC3
     
    Health Inspector 
    Director Nick Wood
     
    Pett Productions for BBC
     
    Art 
    Director Mackenzie Crook
     
    Channel X
     
    Scott Perry 
    Director Nick Wood
     
    Avalon for BBC1
     
    Marcus 
    Director Marc Munden
     
    Kudos for Channel 4
     
    Sloman 
    Director Ben Gregor
     
    Warp for E4
     
    Stupid Death / Various 
    Director Various
     
    Lion Television Limited
     
    Various 
    Director Various
     
    Lion for BBC
     
    Dave Shakespeare 
    Director Frank Turubin
     
    Vulture Culture
     
    Old Man 
     
    Avalon Television Ltd
     
    Sime-1 
    Producer Jeremy Salsby
     
    So Television for CBBC
     
    Horrible Histories (5 Series)
    Best Sketch Show, The Comedy Awards, 2011
    Various 
    Director Dominic Brigstocke
     
    Lion Television
     
    Jaques 
    Director Chris Durlacher
     
    Channel 4 Films
     
    Spike 
    Director Mandy Knight
     
    BBC
     
    Various 
    Director Phil Frail
     
    BBC America
     
    Various 
    Director Paul King
     
    BBC3/BBC2
     
    Kris 
    Director Chloe Thomas
     
    Channel 5
     
    Herman Groot 
    Director Jacqueline Wright
     
    Arbie Productions
     
    Keaton 
    Director Tristram Shapeero
     
    Bwark Productions
     

    Assistant Director & Writer

     
    Wrote and performed in puppet comedy
    MTV
     
    Art Garfunkel 
    Director Robert Katz
     
    Paramount Comedy
     
    Mighty Mouse the Horse 
    Director Richard Valentine
     
    Channel 4
     

    Presenter

    Director Various
     
    Twenty Twenty for Channel 4
     
    Director Louise Osmond
     
    Darlow Smithson for Channel 4
     

    Writer & Performer & Creator

    Negatus 
    Director Various
     

    Family puppet comedy following fed up stay at home mum, Debbie Maddox, who has been named the 'Chosen One' to save the magical land through her cupboard, Yonderland

    Working Title for Sky 1
     
     
    Member of the writing team on Sky One’s family comedy.
    Working Title Television
     

    Radio

    Creator & Writer

     

    Original comedy radio pilot for non-broadcast at present. 

    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     

    Theatre

    Performer

    Adam 
     
    Greenwich Theatre
     

    Assistant Director & Writer

    Director Paul King
     
    BAC/National Tour