Elaine C. Smith

2 August 1958 –

Actress & Comedienne

One of the entertainment industry’s most talented performers, Elaine has worked regularly in radio, television, film and theatre for over 25 years.  She is just about to appear in This Wide Night at the Tron Theatre which runs from 20 February until 15 March.

Last year she toured Scotland with a new one woman show – Still Standing – Just!  She also once again starred in the record-breaking pantomime at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen.  In 2012 she completed a major UK tour in the Susan Boyle story, I Dreamed a Dream, the show was critically acclaimed and nominated for a number of awards.

She has starred in numerous TV comedy series such as City Lights and Naked Video but she is perhaps best known for her enduring portrayal of Mary Nesbitt in the BBC2 hit sitcom Rab C Nesbitt.

Other major television appearances include BBC dramas Two Thousand Acres of Skye and 55 Degrees North.  In January 2011 she appeared on Celebrity Mastermind and she has made guest appearances on Loose Women, The Wright Stuff and The Paul O’Grady Show.

Her theatre work is extensive having performed in all of Scotland’s major theatres.  Some of her starring roles include commercial hits The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband, Little Voice, Two, and Shirley Valentine.  She appeared in the original UK tour of Calendar Girls going on to sell-out success at the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End.

Elaine has her own production company, RPM Arts Ltd, producing theatre and television, including the series Elaine (BBC Scotland) and her hugely successful comedy stand-up shows Elaine with Attitude and Hormonally Driven.  Her autobiography Nothing Like a Dame was published in 2009.

In 2008 Elaine was awarded an honorary doctorate for her contribution to the arts in Scotland, from Glasgow University, and she also holds an honorary doctorate from Dundee University.  She campaigns for a number of charitable causes and is a keen supporter of a number of Scottish political campaigns, including the Yes Campaign.


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