Reece Shearsmith

Reece Shearsmith

Date of birth: 27-08-1969
Hull-born Reece Shearsmith is a quarter of The League Of Gentlemen alongside Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Jeremy Dyson (who writes, but does not perform)

They net at Bretton Hall drama school in their late teens, and began performing a sketch show at London’s Cockpit Theatre in 1995, soon afterwards landing a residency at the Canal Café pub theatre, which compelled them to create new material at a fast pace.

In 1997 they won the Perrier, and their subsequent radio series On the Town with The League of Gentlemen, set in the fictional town of Spent, won a Sony Award.

In 1999 the League moved to television – and Royston Vasey – with subsequent series in 2000 (including a typically sinister Christnmas special) and 2002; plus a feature-length film, The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse, in 2005.

On stage, they toured large regional theatres in 2000, had a six-week run at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in spring 2003, and toured a pantomime-themed show The League of Gentlemen Are Behind You in 2005.

Outside of the League, Shearsmith played the insane villain Tony in the Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer comedy Catterick; Robot-Wars obsessed TA soldier Dexter in Spaced; and neurotic Dr Flynn in BBC Two hospital sitcom TLC.

On the West End, he appeared in Art in 2003, alongside his League Of Gentlemen costars, in As You Like It at the Wyndhams in 2005, and in The Producers as Leo Bloom in 2006.

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Another League Of Gentlemen reunion... of sorts

Mark Gatiss and Steve Pemberton join Reece Shearsmith in Good Omens

Mark Gatiss and Steve Pemberton have joined their League of Gentlemen colleague Reece Shearsmith in the cast of the BBC comedy Good Omens.

The pair will be taking on the roles of mysterious book-buyers Harmony and Glozier in the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s bestselling comic fantasy.

Last year it was revealed that Shearsmith was playing William Shakespeare in the show, which is a co-production with Amazon Prime.

Filming of the six-part series is currently under way in and around Cape Town, South Africa.

Michael Sheen and David Tennant play the leads: fussy angel and rare-book dealer Aziraphale, and fast-living demon Crowley respectively.

Gatiss said: ‘I’m delighted to be working with David and Michael again and of course with Steve - bringing a little film noir menace to such an exciting project. Being bad never felt so good!"

Pemberton added: ‘To be asked to fly to Cape Town with Mark and meet up with old friends David and Michael working on a script from the genius mind of Neil Gaiman...? Well, you had me at Cape Town. 

‘Glozier and Harmony are a small piece of the Jigsaw but hopefully one which will fit nicely into place.’

Gaiman, who is also showrunner on the new series said: ‘Part of the joy of Good Omens is getting to see what our angel and demon have been doing during human history. And part of the joy as a writer is writing parts with specific actors in mind. Steve Pemberton was my only choice for Glozier and Harmony has to be Mark Gatiss, in a film noir interlude set in 1941.’

The cast also includes Jack Whitehall, Jon Hamm, Nina Sosanya, who plays Lucy Freeman in BBC satire W1A, Miranda Richardson, Michael McKean, Anna Maxwell Martin, Derek Jacobi and Nicholas Parsons – who will be the voice of God . It was also announced today that Jamestown actress Niamh Walsh has joined the show, playing the part of Rose.

Filming will conclude in early March and launch globally – including the UK – on Amazon Prime Video next year. It will then air on BBC Two at a later date.

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Published: 9 Feb 2018

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