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Sharon Small

Sharon Small

Sharon is famous as one half of the crime-cracking pair in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. She's also starred in two other BBC Dramas, Glasgow Kiss and Sunburn, and recently played fairy queen Titania in the BBC updating of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

What's she been in?

Since 2001 Sharon has starred with Nathaniel Parker in BBC ONE drama The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. She plays the statutory, rebellious side-kick to the aristocratic Lynley, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers.

Sharon plays proud fairy queen Titania in Peter Bowker's updating of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. After an argument, Oberon, king of the fairies (Lennie James), gets his own back on her by making her fall in love with donkey-eared rubbish comedian Peter Bottom, played by Johnny Vegas. Also starring in this romantic comedy are Imelda Staunton, Bill Paterson and Rupert Evans. 

Sharon Small in Sunburn

Whilst the title is Glaswegian slang for a head butt, Sharon's role in romantic drama, Glasgow Kiss, was far less severe. The 2000 production saw her play Cara Rossi, the hotshot businesswoman assigned to reinvent a failing newspaper.

From Scotland to Cyprus and then the Algarve, Sharon spent 1998 sunning it up as Carol Simpson in the series Sunburn, which followed the lives and loves of holiday reps.

Sharon has guested in several other hit dramas. She played Boo Wibberly in a 2003 episode of Cutting It. Other credits include The Bill and Hamish Macbeth (1997), Doctor Finlay (1996), and Taggart (1994).

She appears in the 2005 film Dear Frankie, the story of a young single mum trying to protect her deaf son from the truth about his errant father.

Sharon Small in Glasgow Kiss

Sharon's stage credits include the West End production of When Harry Met Sally alongside Buffy The Vampire Slayer star Alyson Hannigan. Sharon played Carrie Fisher's role as Sally's witty, best friend Marie.

Did you know?

Sharon appeared alongside Hugh Grant in the film About A Boy. She played Grant's ex-girlfriend, Christine, who convinces him that he will only find fulfillment with a family.

A woman of many talents, Sharon is also a highly skilled soprano, recorder player, and swimmer.

Sharon enrolled in the same drama course at Kirkaldy College as Ewan McGregor and Dougray Scott.

Personal Details

Sharon was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1967, but now lives in London.

She is the eldest of five children.

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