Sofa Surfers: Simon Gross
Regular Sofa Surfer Simon is also at home on the stage...
Sofa Surfer Simon is used to being centre of attention. From an early age, Simon and his two sisters toured variety shows to elderly people in the community. If he wasn’t doing that, he was performing his own one-man show for his family in the back garden.
Simon has had a versatile career, not only as an actor, but also as a presenter, producer, and entertainer. From spending six months as a Butlins Redcoat for the Grand Hotel, Scarborough where he learnt all the tricks of the trade, to playing in children’s shows for the Rank organisation, to playing Benny in the West End production of “Singalongabba” which consisted of wearing a false beard, putting on a silly Swedish accent and miming playing the piano – an achievement Simon felt was a big plus to his CV!
Simon is no stranger to the world of pantomime and with over twenty years experience behind him some of his favourite experiences to date include playing Dame opposite Gladiator Wolf for two years in ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ Smee in ‘Peter Pan’ opposite his great pal the late avenger Gareth Hunt. (Victoria Theatre, Halifax and The Pavilion Theatre, Worthing; The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks respectively).
He's also appeared in numerous TV shows across all the big UK channels, including a stint in the stressful 'Hell's Kitchen'. While there he learned the difference between an egg yolk and an egg white, and is now able to distinguish between a spatula and a whisk!
Later this year Simon will be returning to the Leicester Square Theatre in Snow White Comes Again. He'll also be producing Sinderfella the pantomime at The Dance House Theatre, Manchester with Shameless star Lillian (Alice Barry) as Fairy Godmother.
Simon is director of SG Productions a touring company taking theatre into the community. At present he has his show Bless Em All on the road. It's a 1940s war show that visits the elderly and mentally handicapped in residential homes and day centres.