Wentworth Simon, fully addressed as: Wentworth Maurice Goldsbury Simon is, hands down, one of the most entertaining characters to ever grace my brain. He was created almost immediately after Aiden Finnegan to balance him out, more or less. It is easy to say that Wentworth is the
But Mr. Simon is more than just a sidekick. He isn’t a stock character, and he has a lot more reasons to be around than I initially even gave him credit for. He has a history of his own, internal conflicts, and one big secret that could tip the fates of everyone if he so desired it.
One of my absolute favourite things about Wentworth is how easy it is to like him, to grin when he teases Aiden, or shake my head when he encourages Luke’s mischief. It is also so easy to forget the sort of man that he is. He is Aiden’s business partner. He seduces and sells human beings, then returns to his gilded carriage to be home for afternoon tea.
Even I forget that. That is why I like him the most. 🙂
When he came to mind, so did the actor I would cast for him. This is mostly due to the fact that I was watching Much Ado About Nothing, and I’m a bit of a Potterhead, but it simply can’t be helped. The man is a theatrical genius. So, in my perfect screenplay, Wentworth would be play by Kenneth Branagh.
If his name doesn’t ring a bell, think Dr. Loveless from Wild Wild West, various Shakespearean parts, and of course, my personal favourite:
Oh yes. Mr. Simon and Miss Avery will be making quite a bit of trouble for our anti-hero in the days to come.