Michael Smiley

Comic and actor Michael Smiley joins the panel on Monumental

Michael Smiley: "Powerful performance, I liked it because I believe him, kill to get a ticket" The Guardian

Comic and actor Michael Smiley was born in Belfast and grew up in Holywood. He began doing stand-up in 1993, after accepting a bet at an open-mic night and has gone on to tour the world to critical and public acclaim.

He became known in the UK for his legendary role as Tyres O'Flaherty the bicycle riding raver in the classic Simon Pegg and Jessica Stephenson sitcom Spaced and re-visited a Zombie version of the character in “Shaun of the Dead”.

Michael has become one of our most sought after acting talents. In 2010 he had a major role in the film Burke & Hare, also starring Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson. He is a regular character in Luther opposite Idris Elba from The Wire.

Smiley’s successful acting career continues to flourish and building on the critical acclaim for his roles in cult movies like “Kill List” and “A Field In England” one of his latest projects includes co-starring alongside Jude Law in “Black Sea” directed by Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald and is expected to be released in UK cinemas later this year. Michael is such a gifted storyteller and charismatic performer that when he talks about growing up in Northern Ireland it’s totally infectious. And when he’s not acting, writing or performing stand-up, Smiley is also keen cyclist and will be seen pedalling around the six counties in a brand new BBC One Northern Ireland factual entertainment series produced by Green Inc to be broadcast later in 2014.