About

Michael Mears  has had a rich and varied career in theatre, television and film – including seasons with the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Peter Hall Company, portraying many classical and Shakespearean roles.  He has also worked in many of the UK’s regional theatres.

‘An actor both gifted and unselfish … Mears gives the most inventive reading of Malvolio’s letter scene since Olivier himself.’   The Observer – reviewing ATC’s production of Twelfth Night

He has also performed in London’s West End on a number of occasions, most notably for nine months as Arthur Kipps in the long-running hit The Woman In Black.

In 2016, he toured in English Touring Theatre’s production of Peter Whelan’s The Herbal Bed, playing the inquisitorial Vicar-General, for which he was critically acclaimed.

‘The most vivid performance is from the chilling Michael Mears, as the wily puritanical and dangerous deputy.’  Evening Standard

In 2019 he played Father Flavia in OUR LADY OF KIBEHO by Katori Hall, at the Royal Theatre, Northampton and at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London.

Television roles include Rifleman Cooper in the first six Sharpe films, and Alex Kozoblis in two series of The Lenny Henry Show.

On film he will be remembered as the Hotel Barman who brings Hugh Grant and Andie McDowell together in Four Weddings And A Funeral.

SOLO WORK

But Michael Mears is perhaps best known as an award-winning performer of his own original solo plays for theatre and radio.

More information about THIS EVIL THING, his most recent solo play (2016), which has now been performed by him over 100 times in many venues in the UK and in the eastern USA, can be found on other pages of this website.

His first solo play, Tomorrow We Do The Sky, about the lives of factory canteen workers, premiered at the Traverse Theatre during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1991, and was nominated for the Independent Theatre Award, and Time Out Theatre Award, before playing in London, on tour, and subsequently being broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

This was followed by Soup, his Scotsman Fringe First Award winning solo play about homelessness, which garnered five star reviews and had a sell out three week run at the Pleasance in 1995.  Michael was also nominated for the Stage Best Actor Award at that year’s festival.  Soup also played in London, on tour, and was broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

A Slight Tilt To The Left played at the Assembly Rooms in 2002, and this play, as well as four other solo plays, Slow Train To Woking, Uncle Happy, Jam and Arnold Darwin’s Feeling Better, were all specially commissioned for BBC Radio, and have been performed by him on Radio 4.

Recent Posts

Four Weddings and a Showreel

It’s been a little while since I updated my acting showreel – but having appeared in The Crown and BBC’s Ghosts in the last year or so, I felt it was time to add these clips – and generally give the showreel a ‘spring clean’. This was managed thanks to the excellent work of Sarah Agha at ‘Killer Showreels’, who I can highly recommend to any performers looking to create or update a showreel. ( info@killershowreels.com )

I asked Sarah whether I should still have the clip from Four Weddings and a Funeral in the reel, as it was from a time when I was looking just a little younger than I do now? (The same goes for Hugh Grant! ) But she felt it was worth keeping in as it was such an iconic film. If you have three minutes to spare (well, three minutes and eleven seconds), do take a look.

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