The Rebel star Simon Callow: 'I've only seen Four Weddings once!'

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Simon Callow returns to our screens in new GOLD comedy The Rebel, but he was more than happy to take a trip down memory lane and talk about his most famous film, Four Weddings and a Funeral

Simon Callow became globally famous when Four Weddings and a Funeral was released in 1994, but the renowned actor revealed he’s only ever watched the landmark British comedy once!

“I still get asked about Four Weddings every day,” he told What's on TV. “From 30 years old to the grave, everybody knows it and seems to watch it about twice a year. I’ve only seen it once!”

Callow, who stars in new GOLD comedy The Rebel on Wednesday, July 20, revealed how the film’s global success took him by surprise.

“I always assumed it would be a hit in Britain, but I was shocked when it became a hit in countries like Japan. It seemed to touch a nerve, especially in America, as it was their idea of us.

“I remember being in Paris when it was out in cinemas and the queues were round the block. Of course no one was famous then, it was the beginning of their fame, Hugh Grant, John Hannah, Kristen Scott Thomas…”

Simon’s character in the film was the life and soul of the party, yet died of a heart attack after dancing the Brigadoon at a Scottish wedding.

“That Scottish dance in Four Weddings and a Funeral nearly killed me for real!” he explained. “Doing that three times in a row was so tough, keeling over was the easy bit!”


Sean Marland
Feature writer for TV Times, What's On TV, TV & Satellite Week and

Sean has been writing about all things telly for over 10 years and in that time he's been lucky enough to interview stars like Ian McKellen, Tom Hardy and Kate Winslet. His favourite shows are The Great British Bake-Off, People Just Do Nothing and Succession and in his spare time he enjoys drinking tea, doing crosswords and watching football.