Jay's break-out performance was alongside Gary Oldman in The Firm – still fondly remembered by its legion of fans. Since then he has appeared in over sixty features and single dramas working with the likes of David Tennant, Cameron Diaz and Paddy Considine. In his screen work he has acted in some of the most cutting-edge theatre working with Kathy Burke in The Quare Fellow, Srebrenica at the Tricycle Theatre and Patrick Marber's Dealer's Choice in the West end.
It is a testament to Jay’s talent and dedication to his craft that directors seek to work with him again and again – Tom Tyrwhitt who has made five films with Jay says of him: "Jay is a true actor, able to excel in comedy and drama, he brings a lightness of touch to the darkest role and a depth to his comedy few can surpass.”
One need only look at his most recent work to see his exceptional range: the gay lodger Bruce in Hattie with Ruth Jones, the voice of Flea alongside Woody Harrelson and Simon Pegg in Free Jimmy and the terrifyingly self destructive Trevor in Shifty a performance that was hailed by Baz Bamigboye in The Mail: “Simpson invests his performance as Trevor with such a ring of authenticity he almost steals the film .. it’s an oustanding performance.”
JAY SIMPSON will be appearing in the Olivier Award-winning The Pride by Alexi Kaye Campbell, directed by Richard Wilson at The Shefield Crucible Theatre from 23rd June to 16th July. Click here for more info
JAY SIMPSON (Shifty, The Holiday, Hattie) plays George Redman in ITV’s period murder mystery, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, alongside PADDY CONSIDINE (Red Riding Trilogy, Dead Man’s Shoes, The Bourne Ultimatum), and BAFTA award winner PETER CAPALDI (In the Loop, Torchwood, The Thick of It) and EMMA FIELDING (Kidnap & Ransom, Cranford Chronicles).
Mr Whicher is an adaptation of the best-selling book by Kate Summerscale a gripping drama based upon the true story of the events surrounding the murder of a three year old boy in a country house in a sleepy Wiltshire village in 1860. Click here for clips