- 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)