Born and brought up in Birmingham, Simon’s break into television came in 1993 on the BBC1 Geordie teen soap Byker Grove, which he script edited and wrote for.
Simon joined World Productions in 1997 as a development producer and has been with the company for 21 years. He became Head of Drama in 2002 and took over the running of the company in 2010.
Simon is perhaps best known for the acclaimed police corruption thriller, Line of Duty. Following multiple award wins and record viewing figures, after three seasons on BBC2 the show transferred to BBC1, where the 2017 series finale became one of the Top 20 most watched dramas of the last 20 years.
Other selected credits include vampire thriller Ultraviolet starring Idris Elba for C4; RTS and BANFF nominated Larkin: Love Again for BBC2, three series of the nursing comedy drama No Angels for C4; the BAFTA-nominated Outlaws, a black comedy about criminal solicitors for BBC2; Ahead Of the Class, an RTS-nominated film for ITV starring Julie Walters; Press Guild nominated Party Animals for BBC2; the triple BAFTA nominated Hancock & Joan for BBC4; United, a film about the Munich air disaster, nominated for Prix Europa, Broadcast and RTS awards; BAFTA winning drama The Fear starring Peter Mullan, The Great Train Robbery, starring Luke Evans and Jim Broadbent and an adaptation of the Joseph Conrad classic, The Secret Agent.
In 2017, Simon executive produced the critically acclaimed Save Me for Sky Atlantic. Written by and starring Lennie James, Save Me is the most watched Sky Original Drama of 2018 and the fastest downloaded Sky boxset series ever.
Simon is currently EP-ing Jed Mercurio’s new BBC1 series Bodyguard, starring Keeley Hawes and Richard Madden, Line of Duty 5, and Anne, a mini-series for ITV telling the true story of legendary Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams.
World Productions’ renewed success over the last eight years has led to nominations as Production Company of the Year at the Edinburgh TV Festival and the Broadcast Awards.