Born in Hull in 1969, Reece Shearsmith graduated from Bretton Hall College. He then started his career on stage in 1995 with a role in The League of Gentlemen, also writing the sketch show. The League of Gentlemen transferred to radio and television, earning Shearsmith a BAFTA. 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 Leo Bloom in The Producers at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
In 2009, Shearsmith wrote Psychoville alongside Steve Pemberton. A year later, he played Professor Philip Goodman in Ghost Stories at the Duke of York’s Theatre. In 2011, he starred in Betty Blue Eyes alongside Sarah Lancashire. More recently, he has been in The Dresserat the Duke of York's Theatre and the world premiere of *A Very Expensive Poison* at the Old Vic.