1. Michael Smiley is a Northern Irish comic and actor who lives in London.
2. Smiley was born in 1963 in Belfast and grew up in Holywood. He moved to London in his 20s with his wife.
3. He began doing stand-up in 1993, after accepting a bet at an open-mic night.
4. He had worked as a cycle courier and as an acid house DJ.
5. In 2003, he guest starred in the Doctor Who audio drama Creatures of Beauty.
6. In 2004 he appeared in season 2, episode 4 of Hustle as Max the forger. He also was a small character in episode 2 “The Model” of 15 Storeys High.
7. He has appeared in all three series of The Maltby Collection on Radio 4 as Des Wainwright, an eccentric security guard who keeps repeating himself and reminding people he was in the SAS.
8. He is playing the part of Benny “Deadhead” Silver in the BBC drama series Luther.
9. In 2010, he had a major role in the film Burke & Hare alongside his Spaced co-stars Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes.
10. The film received critical acclaim, and earned him the “Best Supporting Actor” Award at the 2011 British Independent Film Awards.
11. In November 2013 he appeared in the third episode of the BBC Two Mitchell and Webb comedy Ambassadors as Mr Jackson.
12. In 2014 Smiley played Colonel Morgan Blue in the Doctor Who episode “Into the Dalek”.
13. Smiley is married to the journalist and broadcaster Miranda Sawyer with whom he has a son and a daughter.
14. He shared a flat with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in the 1990s.