Simon Langton (born 5 November 1941 in Amersham, Buckinghamshire) is an English television director and producer.[1] He is the son of David Langton, the actor who played Richard Bellamy in Upstairs, Downstairs.[2]

After he had directed many TV drama series and serials during the 1970s, his version of the John le Carré novel Smiley's People (1982, adapted by John Hopkins) was nominated for both a BAFTA Award in the UK, and an Emmy Award in the US.[3][4][5] He also received a BAFTA nomination for the series Mother Love (1989), starring Diana Rigg.[6]

He is perhaps best known for directing the adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (1995) starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, for which he was again nominated for a BAFTA.[7][8] He directed episodes of Rosemary and Thyme and Midsomer Murders.[9][10]



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  2. ^ "David Langton, British Actor, Is Dead at 82". The New York Times. Associated Press. 30 April 1994.
  3. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Smiley's People (1982)".
  4. ^ "1983 Television Drama Series or Serial | BAFTA Awards".
  5. ^ "Simon Langton". Television Academy.
  6. ^ "BAFTA Awards".
  7. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Pride and Prejudice (1995)".
  8. ^ "BAFTA Awards".
  9. ^ "Rosemary & Thyme - S3 - Episode 3: Seeds of Time". Radio Times.
  10. ^ "Midsomer Murders (2001) - David Tucker, Renny Rye, Jeremy Silberston, Nicholas Laughland, Alex Pillai, Baz Taylor, Simon Langton, Audrey Cooke, Toby Frow | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie" – via