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Reece Shearsmith was born in 1969 in Hull. After graduating from Bretton Hall College, he started his career on stage in 1995 with a role in The League of Gentlemen. He also wrote the sketch show. This transferred to radio and then on television, earning Shearsmith and his colleagues a British Academy Television Award, the Golden Rose of Montreux and a Royal Television Society Award.
In the following years he appeared in a number of comedy TV series such as Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, Catterick and Spaced. In 2007 he played the role of Leo Bloom in The Producers at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
In 2009, Shearsmith wrote Psychoville, alongside Steve Pemberton, who also wrote The League of Gentleman with Shearsmith. Both writers star in the series playing a number of different characters.
In 2010, he played the lead role of Professor Philip Goodman in Ghost Stories at the Duke of York’s Theatre. In 2011, he played a role in the West End musical, Betty Blue Eyes, alongside Sarah Lancashire. In May 2016, it was announced that Shearsmith would team up with Ken Stott, starring in a revival of The Dresser at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
Selected London & West End Stage Appearances
|The Dresser||Norman||Duke of York's||2016||News|
|Absent Friends||Colin||Harold Pinter||2012||Review|
|Betty Blue Eyes||Gilbert||Novello||2011||Review|
|Ghost Stories||Professor Philip Goodman||Duke of York's||2010||Review|
|The Producers||Leo Bloom||Drury Lane||2006||Review|
|As You Like It||Jacques||Wyndham's||2005||Review|
|The League of Gentlemen||Marc/Serge/Yvan||Whitehall Theatre
(now Trafalgar Studios)
|The League of Gentlemen||Marc/Serge/Yvan||The Cockpit Theatre||1995|