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Simon Jones (born 27 July 1950) is an English actor, most famous for his appearances in the television and radio series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, in which he played the lead role of Arthur Dent from 1978 to 2005. Its author, Douglas Adams, later said that he wrote the part of Arthur Dent with Simon Jones in mind.
Jones is also a voice actor and audiobook presenter, with more than 70 titles to his credit, and his tone and delivery are distinctive. Among these works are:
- The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul for Simon and Schuster Audioworks for the US market
- The Salmon of Doubt, for New Millennium Audio
- Douglas Adams at the BBC, for BBC Audio
In 2003, he reprised his role as Arthur Dent in a new radio series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The same year he was involved in the filming of the movie version of the first novel, making a brief cameo appearance in the role of the holographic Magrathean answering machine/automated defence system.
Simon was unrelated to Peter Jones, who voiced the Guide, but is first cousin once removed of Daniel Craig, the current James Bond.