Simon Cadell: The Authorised Biography by Brian Slade
Simon Cadell became one of the most recognisable faces on television when Hi-de-hi! was drawing 15 million viewers each week. Simon Cadell - Authorised Biography tells Simon’s story. An actor whose family’s theatrical heritage dates back to the 1880s, Cadell suffered from dyslexia at boarding school and attempted many escapes. He lived and breathed theatre and so he moved on to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, enjoying the company of such future stars as Jeremy Irons, Tim Pigott-Smith and Christopher Biggins.
For twenty years, Cadell immersed himself in theatrical roles, covering farce to Shakespeare and becoming the quintessential Noel Coward interpreter. Television fame arrived in the form of his turn in Hi-de-hi!. Disapproving of the curve of his face that made him so recognisable, he lived life to the full until fate stepped in. Having suffered a heart attack in 1992, he recovered from bypass surgery only to be told he had weeks to live. He faced his demise in the same way he had lived his life – wholeheartedly and with good grace and humour. Told with family approval and contributions, this is the story of one of the greatest actors of his generation, and a thoroughly lovable character.
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