Simon Buckley is regarded as one of the UK's leading puppeteers: a versatile performer skilled in operating all styles of puppets in television, film, theatre, and capable of providing a wide range of character voices in productions for adults and children.
His interest in puppets began with the gift of a Sooty glove puppet at the age of four, but really accelerated when he started to perform with marionettes at children's parties from the age of nine in his home town of Birkenhead, near Liverpool. In the year he turned sixteen he completed his O-Levels and also over one hundred performances at private bookings.
His interest and skill as a teenage puppeteer attracted the support of the country's leading professional puppeteers and aged eighteen he was invited to study at the internationally renowned Canon Hill Puppet Theatre in Birmingham under John Blundall, where he became the first person to study puppetry on an Educational Authority grant.
Since then he has built a busy career performing over 1,500 stage performances for leading children's theatre producers, and more than 2,000 television shows for children, adults and families, contributed to movies, commercials pop videos and training films. He has also appeared as a presenter in his own right, director for stage and television, puppet maker for more than one award winning educational series and lecturer
After more than 40 years puppeteering he continues to be excited by the potential of puppetry, and amazed by the power of even the simplest puppet to enthral children and adults.
As well as having a long career in puppetry, Simon is also an Anglican Priest and in February 2013 was appointed, as Priest in Charge of St Anne's Church, Soho.