Reece Shearsmith


Reece Shearsmith Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Reece's daughter Holly was born on the 16th September 2002.

    • Reece gained a BA(hons) in Theatre Arts from Bretton Hall Drama College, situated in Wakefield, Leeds.

    • Reece stands at 5'7" (170cm) tall.

    • Radio appearances and advertisements:

      On The Town with The League of Gentlemen (BBC Radio 4 - 1997),
      Advert for the city of Hull,
      Milk Monster Advert,
      Advert for Bradford & Bingley Banking Corporation,
      The Guardian newspaper Advert,
      Toyota Motors Advert,
      Vauxhall Motors Advert (2003),
      Kellogg's Cereal Advert (2003),
      League Of Gentlemen Night (BBC Radio 4 - 2005).

    • Reese admitted that he was so distracted by Jennifer Ellison's breasts during the filming of the movie The Cottage that some scenes had to be reshot.

    • Theatre performances: (Production - Role)

      The League Of Gentlemen (1995-1999) - Various leads/Writer,
      Debt Wish Live (1999) - Writer/Performer,
      A Local Show For Local People (2001) - Various leads/Writer,
      ART (2003) - Yvan,
      As You Like It (2005) - Jaques
      The League of Gentlemen Are Behind You (2006) - Various leads/Writer,
      The Producers (2006) - Leo Bloom.
      The Common Pursuit (2008).

    • Reece studied acting at Bretton Hall Drama School situated in Leeds, UK. This is where he met Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson, together they formed The League of Gentlemen in 1995.

    • Reece, along with The League of Gentlemen co-stars Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Jeremy Dyson, won the Perrier award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1997.

    • Reece modelled the character Pauline from The League of Gentlemen on his real-life restart officer from when he was on the dole.

    • Reece lives in London with his wife Jane Shearsmith, and their two children, Danny and Holly.

  • Quotes

    • Reece: (On inspiration for new characters) New ideas come all the time. I chuckled to myself the other day when I heard a man in a restaurant. He'd ordered a lot of food and was re-jigging the plates with his friends when he said: 'Sorry Margaret, I've put grain salt on it.' I thought that was a bizarre thing to say - 'grain salt'. I expect I'll use that somewhere.

    • Reece: (On his most common misperception) I am grumpy. People mistake my quietness for being grumpy. It annoys me. People think I'm being difficult when I'm not.

    • Reece: (On his life) I still pinch myself that I'm having this fantastic life. Perhaps it's the Northerner in me, but I'm a pessimist; I still think that I'm going to be found out and that it will all stop tomorrow. You would think The League was one of the greatest showreels you could present to casting directors, but, in a weird way, we're quite anonymous because of the range of characters we play. So I'm still pathetically humble in auditions.

    • Reece: (On his favourite character roles in The League of Gentlemen) I like Geoff. I really like playing the suppressed rage of his. Although he's quite jolly in the film, he's not quite the same as the TV. But there's a lot of me in Geoff, I am Geoff really and it comes very easy for me to play him. But I love doing Ollie as well, Ollie from the Legs Akimbo Theatre Company. Terror and hatred in the same breath.

    • Reece: (On the horror-comedy movie The Cottage) think it's a really funny unusual film with a lot of really great arguments that just get comically worse and worse. But I also think it's a great horror film with a good new monster, a new Freddy or a Jason, but he's a farmer. He doesn't sound that threatening but wait till you see him.

    • Reece: (On his phobias) I don't like spiders but I don't have any particular phobias. Moths are creepy because they have no respect for your personal space, and wasps because they're arbitrarily dangerous. They'll just get you for no reason and they're horrible. I've been stung by a wasp a few times. But I have nothing irrational that you'd have to see a man about.