Reece Shearsmith Biography


Birthday: August 27, 1969 (Virgo)

Born In: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Reece Shearsmith is an English actor, comedian and writer. He is mostly popular for the sketch show `The League of Gentleman’, and the dark comedy series `Psychoville’. He was the creator and writer of both the shows and also starred in them. Shearsmith was born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, in England. He studied at Bretton Hall College, where he was acquainted with Steve Pemberton, Jeremy Dyson and Mark Gatiss who were his fellow students. Together they created `The League of Gentleman`, a stage act in 1995, which eventually became a well-known TV show. It received a lot of appreciation and as well as multiple awards. Along with his partners of the series, Shearsmith also wrote, created and starred in `Psychoville’, a psychological dark comedy series. He has appeared in many other films and TV shows. His most recent work was seen in the 2019 miniseries `Good Omens’, where he played William Shakespeare. He has been nominated for the Olivier Award once and has been nominated for the BAFTA Television Awards thrice of which he won twice.
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British Celebrities Born In August

Also Known As: Reeson Wayne Shearsmith

Age: 54 Years, 54 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Jane Shearsmith (m. 2001)

children: Danny Shearsmith, Holly Shearsmith

Born Country: England

Actors British Men

Height: 5'7" (170 cm), 5'7" Males

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education: Bretton Hall College of Education

Reece Shearsmith’s first important work was the series `The League of Gentleman`, where he was an actor as well as a co-creator and a co-writer. It started out as a stage play in 1995, and in 1999, it came out as a television series. It aired for 22 episodes between 1999 and 2002. The series was hugely praised by critics as well as audience. The actors were listed in `The Observer’, as among the funniest acts in British comedy. After the series ended, it was followed by a film named `The League of Gentlemen`s Apocalypse’, as well as a stage production `The League of Gentlemen Are Behind You!‘, both releasing in 2005. Meanwhile, he also appeared in several other works such as the British sitcom `Spaced’ in 2001, the sketch show `Mash and Peas’ in 2003, the horror comedy film `Shaun of the Dead’ in 2004, and the comic horror film `The Cottage’, in 2008.
In 2009, he created, wrote and starred in `Psychoville’, a psychosocial dark comedy series that aired for fourteen episodes between 2009 and 2011. It revolved around various unusual characters from different locations of England. It received mostly positive reviews.
In 2010, he was seen in a supporting role in the black comedy film `Burke & Hare’, which was directed by John Landis. The film was made on a budget of $ 10 million. It turned out to be a commercial failure, earning less than half its budget. The same year, he was seen in three other films `The First Men in the Moon’, `The Bear`, and `Good Boy`.
Other significant works in his career include ‘A Field in England’ and ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’, both released in 2013, and the 2014 miniseries `The Widower’. The same year, he wrote, created and starred in the black comedy anthology series `Inside No 9’. It received huge appreciation from critics and audience and also earned several awards and nominations.
In 2015, he was seen in TV shows `Doctor Who’ and in ‘Peter Kay`s Car Share’. In 2016, he was seen in the black comedy miniseries `Stag’, in a supporting role. His most recent work is the 2019 miniseries `Good Omens’, where he was seen in the role of William Shakespeare.
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Family & Personal Life
Reece Shearsmith was born as Reeson Wayne Shearsmith in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, in the UK. Not much is known about his childhood or parents. He attended Marvell High School and later went to Bretton Hall College of Education to pursue his higher studies. He is married to Jane Shearsmith. They have two children, Holly and Danny.

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