Simon started his writing career with the screenplay for The Full Monty- returning to it fifteen years later for a stage adaptation that was nominated for an Olivier Award and is currently on tour.
His other screenplays include the Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours for which he was nominated for an Academy Award alongside co-writer Danny Boyle.
Along the way, there have been many other experiments in fiction, including the screenplays for Among Giants, Yasmin, This is not a Love Song, The Darkest Light and the climate change drama Burn Up.
He adapted the novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, which was nominated for a Golden Globe and more recently, the dystopian novel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. He is still at work on Gold Rush, the story of the rivalry between the runners Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett which is to star Daniel Radcliffe.
He has just finished co-writing a screenplay about the body-line cricketer Harold Larwood with the writer Lee Hall. Future projects include an adaptation of a series of Len Deighton spy novels and an original screenplay First We Take Manhattan which despite its title is set in back in Yorkshire.
Also in the pipeline is a television series for FX about World War Two Norwegian saboteurs and a screenplay about the notorious tennis match between Billie-Jean King and Bobby Riggs.
Simon is represented in the US by Susan Landau.