Scottish actress Sharon Small is widely recognisable for her many performances in numerous hit TV shows over the last 3 decades.
Her most recent TV highlights include starring as DS Vivienne Cole in the BBC/Acorn TV hit crime drama ‘London Kills’, with the 4th series released in 2023, as well as starring in Series 2 of ITV's 'The Bay', playing Rose Marshbrook, whose husband was brutally murdered in front of their family home. In 2020 she played Stella in the 4-part ITV thriller 'Flesh and Blood' alongside Imelda Staunton and Russell Tovey.
Other high profile roles include starring as senior ward doctor Dr Brigitte Rayne opposite Jodie Whittaker in the 2017 BBC four part psychological drama 'Trust Me' which was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA. In the same year she also starred as Cathy in the BAFTA and RTS nominated drama 'Born to Kill' about a teenager with psychopathic desires. Prior to that she starred as Connie in the 2-part BBC crime drama 'Stonemouth', which too was nominated for a number of Scottish BAFTAs.
She is well known for starring in all 3 series of the BBC's hit drama series 'Mistresses' in which she played Trudi Malloy, a 9/11 widow, as well as in the long-running BBC crime drama series 'The Inspector Lynley Mysteries’, playing Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, a role for which she was nominated for a Golden Satellite 'Best Actress' Award. Other memorable roles include her starring as Marigold Shore in the 2011 Downton Abbey Christmas Special, as well as ITV crime dramas 'Kidnap and Ransom' and 'Murderland'.
Film highlights include playing Christine in the 2002 Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated hit film 'About A Boy', as well as a role in the 2004 film 'Dear Frankie' which was also nominated for a number of awards including at the BAFTAs and Scottish BAFTAs.
She regularly appears on the stage, and in 2022 starred as Helen alongside fellow Scottish actor David Tennant in Dominic Cooke's production of 'Good' at the Harold Pinter Theatre. She earned a WhatsOnStage Best Supporting Actress nomination for this performance.
Other stage career highlights include playing Alice in 'Still Alice' at The West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2018 and many performances for the National Theatre. She also appeared as Marie in the West End's 2004 stage adaptation of 'When Harry Met Sally'.
She has an extensive list of credits in many other popular long-running TV shows including; 'New Tricks' (BBC), 'Silent Witness' (BBC), 'Call The Midwife' (BBC), 'Death in Paradise' (BBC), 'Midsomer Murders' (ITV), 'Law & Order UK' (ITV), 'Cutting It' (BBC).
For many years she has voiced the animated character 'Neuron Bud' in the CBeebies preschool show 'Nina And The Neurons'.
Sharon has a natural Glaswegian accent which has softened due to many years of living in London, she can neutralise if required. She also has an excellent accent range; she used generic Northern in 'The Bay', London in 'Inspector Lynley', old London in 'Call the Midwife' and American in 'Death in Paradise'.
London Kills (TV, 2019-2023) – 'DS Vivienne Cole', BBC One/Acorn
Good (Theatre, 2022) – 'Helen', Harold Pinter Theatre (West End)
The Trials (Donmar Warehouse, 2022) (Theatre, 2022) – 'Defendant 3', Donmar Warehouse
Flesh and Blood (TV, 2020) – 'Stella', ITV
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Chichester Festival, 2020) (Theatre, 2020) – 'Jean Brodie', Chichester Festival
The Bay (TV, 2019) – 'Rose Marshbrook', ITV, Series 2
Still Alice (UK tour 2018) (Theatre, 2018) – 'Alice', West Yokrshire Playhouse & tour
Trust Me (TV, 2017) – 'Dr Brigitte Rayne', BBC One, Series 1
Born to Kill (TV, 2017) – 'Cathy', Channel 4
Stonemouth (TV, 2015) – 'Connie Murston', BBC One
Nina and the Neurons (Animation, 2007-2015) – 'Neuron Bud', CBeebies
Death in Paradise (TV, 2014) – 'Dorothy Foster, BBC One, Series 3
Law & Order: UK (TV, 2014) – 'Elisabeth Flynn', ITV, Series 8
Midsomer Murders (TV, 2014) – 'Ruth Cameron', ITV, Series 16, Episode 'Wild Harvest'
Silent Witness (TV, 2013) – 'Geraldine Briggs', BBC One, Episode 1 & 2 "Change"
Call the Midwife (TV, 2013) – 'Nora Harding', BBC One, Series 2
New Tricks (TV, 2012) – 'Minnie', BBC One, Series 9
Kidnap and Ransom (TV, 2012) – 'Beth Cooper', ITV, Series 2
Downton Abbey Christmas Special 2011 (TV, 2011) – 'Marigold Shore', ITV
Mistresses (TV, 2008-2010) – 'Trudi Malloy', BBC One
Murderland (TV, 2009) – 'Dr Laura Maitland', ITV
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (TV, 2001-2008) – 'Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers', BBC One
Dear Frankie (Film, 2004) – 'Marie', Pathe
About A Boy (Film, 2002) – 'Christine', Universal Pictures
Glasgow Kiss (TV, 2000) – 'Cara Rossi', BBC One
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