Simon Matthew Naylor is a stage and screen method actor from Sheffield, UK.
After 15 years in the hospitality industry, Simon started acting in 2013 when a friend suggested he read for a part in a short film she had written. Being on set for the first time with a bunch of talented and passionate people lead to a taster class at StandBy Method Acting Studio and a new found love of something he'd never thought himself capable of before.
The weekly classes, based upon the techniques of Strasberg, Adler, Hagen and Stanislavski, continue to form the basis of his training to this day, and gave Simon the opportunity to study and perform scripts by Joe Orton, Harold Pinter and Jez Butterworth; apply Uta Hagen's nine steps; work with sense memory and relaxation and undertake stage combat training.
After his first short film, a scene for a feature film and his stage debut in StandBy's Christmas production of 'The Grinch', playing Lou Who, he sought out several short film roles in early 2014 in order to gain experience on set and footage for an eventual showreel. This proactive attitude proved fruitful and his seven credits in the first four months of the year are testament to this work ethic and enthusiasm. He was also privileged to attend a workshop course at RADA and experienced the principles taught by Meyerhold.
At the beginning of April 2014 Simon auditioned for the recast lead role in 'The Importance of Being Earnest'. Upon landing the part, he set to work on the most intense rehearsal schedule of his career so far. His first lead role and only second time on stage, with the added pressure of playing catch up to the rest of the cast, meant for some stressful days and nights but with the support of the cast and crew he overcame these challenges and was proud to be a part of the group that delivered a funny and visually memorable show.
Film (short) by Second Unit Productions/Melanie Gourlay Derek
Rough and Ready
Film by Howitzer Films Ltd/Jim Dickinson Dave
Film (short) by Melissa Blake Police Officer
Film (short) by Rhys Holland Adam's Father
Bed Is For Sleep
Film (short) by Dwane Perks Waiter
Film (short) by James Parkes Michael
The Importance of Being Earnest
Theater by The Lantern Theatre/Andrew Griffiths Jack Worthing
Conxeus ('Another Time' and 'Lunette')
Film (short) by Lawrence Whitehurst/Dwane Perks Roger
Theater by Louise O'Leary/Jonas Alexander Lou Who