Reece Shearsmith

  • Birth Name: Reeson Wayne Shearsmith
  • Birth Place: Hull, England
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • While at Bretton Hall College, became friends with fellow students Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson. Together, they would create the award winning comedy The League of Gentlemen
  • Based his infamous character of Papa Lazaru in The League of Gentleman on his and Pemberton's landlord, down to the tone of his voice.
  • Played Leo Bloom in The Producers on the West End in 2006.
  • Received an honorary doctorate from Hull University in 2014.
  • Created an original art piece for the Stars On Canvas charity to display and then auction to raise money.


  • 2012, BAFTA Television Awards — Best New Media: Winner
  • 2012, Olivier Awards — Best Actor in a Musical: Nominee
  • 2015, BAFTA Television Craft Awards — Best Writer - Comedy: Nominee
  • 2018, BAFTA Television Craft Awards — Best Writer - Comedy: Winner


  • Jane Shearsmith — Wife
  • Danny Shearsmith — Son
  • Holly Shearsmith — Daughter


  • Bretton Hall College, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England (BA Hons in Theatre Arts)
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