Stu’s Inspawrations

Stu’s Inspawrations…

Stuart Simons talks to friends who have inspired him throughout his life about all sorts but including the one thing that they all have in common, their love of dogs!

Episode 1:

Ocho is Eight in Italian with Kerry Ellis

Stu talks to the wonderful Queen of the West End and Broadway, the amazing Kerry Ellis.

Kerry and Stu go way back and pretty much started their careers together. They quickly realised all those years ago that they both had one true love in common and that true love was dogs!

Here they reminisce and talk about what pet ownership is like when coupled with working hard and also about the difficulties that the lock downs have brought us and how dogs have made it just that little bit better!


Episode 2

A Twitten is a Sussex word for an Alley

Stuart is joined by the fabulous Maria McErlane of Eurotrash and Grill Graham (Radio 2 Graham Norton Show) fame. They talk about all manor of things including Poodles, a tooth pulling DJ and how beach life can help with the covid blues.

Be prepared for a couple of little swear words! (Sorry)

Episode 3

Dog Walking, Dancing and Food are my passions

Stu talks to world renowned dancer/choreographer/director Lizzi Gee about her career, her gorgeous family, lockdown and most importantly the new addition to their family, lovely little Baxter!

Goodness only knows what her 3 boys will have in store for her in the future. Its great to see a really happy family enjoying their time with the new pooch of the house.

Check out Lizzi’s website –

Episode 4

The London Palladium, The White House & Ice Skating Ducks

Stu talks to a thoroughly beautiful human who seems to succeed in just about everything he does. It’s absolutely true that lovely things happen to lovely people because there aren’t many out there that are lovelier than Mr Mark Rattray.

From winning Opportunity Knocks in 1990,  his love of his Bully breeds to saving lives in 999 on the front line for Ch4, his life choices are so varied and fascinating.

Have fun and chortle along to some of his experiences with me!


Episode 5

Doggy Grindr, Ploppy Sports Socks and Sniffing hair

Stu chats to his lovely friend Sasha Regan about her unplanned ‘Covid’ break from the famous Union Theatre in Southwark and about her beautiful new English Springer Spaniel Winnie, oh and not forgetting the lovely Gilbert.

Sasha is a hugely calm influence to all that work with her but is she as calm as she seems on the outside. We all have our coping mechanisms and Sasha is happy to share hers in this honest and fun podcast.

Have a listen and chortle along


Episode 6

Ducky 1, Ducky 2 and Cookalongs with Anna Barnett

Stu chats to the East London Chef, Author and Influencer Anna barnett about her love of East London, Food and of course her Kerry Blue Terrier Ted.


Episode 7

One Arm, One Leg, Keep moving with Bullet Brown

This episode introduces Bullet Brown.

Bullets passion for education within the pet grooming industry is unrivalled and her zest for life is absolutely clear in this no holds barred podcast.

Bullet recounts moments in her professional life within the grooming industry and describes her ups and downs and most challenging moments.




Episode 8

Jessica Nelson, Piper, Gertie and Thoroughly Modern Millie!

Stu talks to his inspirational friend Jessica Elizabeth Nelson about all things showbiz, how it feels to be a new dog owner and how she will cope when we eventually get back to normal after this pandemic.

Jess is always happy, always smiling and so so full of zest. Its only a matter of time until she is a household name. If ever there was star quality in a person, Jess has it!

Listen in and chortle along as these great friends chat away!


Episode 9

Smoking Nuns, A comedy Fart and a Kokoni with Christopher Howell

Stu chats to his very old friend and West End Star Chris Howell about his theatrical achievements and the new love of his life, little Elmo the rescue Kokoni.


Episode 10

Pooch Perfect’s Colin Taylor – Hong Kong, Michigan and Tramps Nightspot

Colin talks about his fascinating globe trotting career and his journey to becoming  one of the Judges on BBC1’s Pooch Perfect.
He has a lovely husband called Coleman and a gorgeous little dog called Jigsaw (who we forgot to mention in this pod)
Colin also gives his views on creative grooming and responsible grooming within the dog grooming industry.

Episode 11

Tootsie, Winnie and the cost of a good cleaner with Ruthie Henshall

Stu chats all things fabulous with Theatre Icon Ruthie Henshall.
Ruthie is a massive dog lover and talks about how she copes raising her family and dealing with the dog when treading the boards.
Stu did a Stephen Sondheim musical called Passion with Ruthie which she produced and Starred in.
She is one of the worlds really genuinely lovely people who doesn’t take herself or her life too seriously. Just an absolute pleasure to be around. So refreshing!

Enjoy (oh and sorry about the swear words)