Sharon Small

Sharon Small (born 1 January 1967) is a Scottish actress acclaimed for her dramatic work in film, radio, theatre, and television. Perhaps best known for her portrayal of Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers in the BBC television adaptation of The Inspector Lynley Mysteries by Elizabeth George, she is also recognised for her lead roles in Law & Order: UK (as Inspector Elisabeth Flynn) and Trust Me (as Dr Brigitte Rayne).

Sharon Small
Born (1967-01-01) 1 January 1967
Drumchapel, Glasgow, Scotland
Years active1994—present

Early life

Small is the eldest of five children.[1] She attended Kinghorn Primary School, where she was the Kinghorn Gala Queen in her final year. She then attended Balwearie High School in Kirkcaldy. Small studied drama at Kirkcaldy College,[1] and continued her study at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London.

Personal life

Small lives in London.[1] She has two sons Leo and Zac with her partner, photographer Daniel Bridges.[2]



Year Title Character Production Awards
1997Bumping the OddsTerry-Best Actress Award at the Edinburgh Film Festival
1998DrivenCaroline HallDandelion Films-
2002About a BoyChristineUniversal Pictures-
2004Dear FrankieMarieUniversal-
2004Belly ButtonKikaSatellite Pictures-
2008Last Chance HarveyNurseOverture Films-
2008Pop Art short filmMrs. GannonForward Films


Year Title Character Production Notes
1994TaggartMichelle GibsonSMG Productions1 episode
1994RoughnecksBernadette-1 episode
1995An Independent ManNicola-1 episode
1996Doctor FinlayIrene Gallagher-1 episode
1997The BillGina NashITV-
1997Hamish MacbethWPC Anne Patterson-1 episode
1997No Child of MineLindaITV-
1999–2000SunburnCarol Simpson-14 episodes
2000Glasgow KissCara Rossi-6 episodes
2003Cutting ItBoo Wiberley--
2001–2007The Inspector Lynley MysteriesDS Barbara HaversBBC23 episodes - nominated for Most Popular Actress and the Golden Satellite Award
2005A Midsummer Night's DreamTitaniaBBC's Shakespeare Retold season-
2006RebusMiranda Masterson--
2007Nina and the NeuronsBud the Taste Neuron-7 episodes
2009MurderlandDr Laura MaitlandITV3 episodes
2008–2010MistressesTrudi MalloyBBC16 episodes
2010Agatha Christie's MarpleMary PritchardITV adaptation of "Miss Marple: The Blue Geranium", aired in the US on PBS-
2011Downton AbbeyMarigold Shore-1 episode
2012Kidnap and RansomBeth CooperITV3 episodes
2012New TricksMinnie/Annabel TilsonBBC1 episode
2013Silent WitnessGeraldine BriggsBBC2 episodes
2013Call the MidwifeNora HardingBBC1 episode
2014Death in ParadiseDorothy FosterBBC1 episode
2014Midsomer MurdersRuth CameronITV1 episode
2014Law & Order: UKInspector Elisabeth FlynnITV1 episode
2015StonemouthConnie MurstonBBC2 episodes
2017Born to KillCathyWorld Productions4 episodes
2017Trust MeDr Brigitte RayneBBC4 episodes
2019London KillsDS Vivienne ColeAcorn TV10 episodes


Small has appeared in 35 plays to date[3] her credits include

Year Title Character Production
1994The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt BrechtPolly PeachumLondon Donmar Theatre
1996The Nun-Greenwich Studio Theatre
1998London Cuckolds by Edward Ravencroft-Royal National Theatre
2004When Harry Met Sally...Marie FisherTheatre Royal Haymarket
2005Lear by Edward BondFortanelleSheffield Crucible Theatre
2009Life Is A DreamEstrellaDonmar Warehouse
2010Spur of the Moment by Anya ReissVicky EvansRoyal Court Theatre
2010Men Should Weep by Ena Lamont StewartMaggie MorrisonNational Theatre
2014Arden of Faversham[4] by AnonymousAlice ArdenRoyal Shakespeare Company
2015Carmen DisruptionThe SingerAlmeida Theatre
2015Luna Gale by Rebecca GilmanCarolineHampstead Theatre
2016The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt BrechtJenny Diver[5]Royal National Theatre
2018Still AliceAlice Howland[6]West Yorkshire Playhouse


Title Character
At The Foot Of The CrossNarrator
High Table, Lower OrdersZoe
"Dr. Finlay - The Adventures Of A Black Bag"Nurse Angus
The Order of ReleaseEffie Ruskin

Awards and honours

  • 2008 TV Choice Awards - Best Actress - NOMINATED
  • 2007 Golden Satellite Awards - Best Actress - NOMINATED (for the Inspector Lynley Mysteries)
  • 1997 Edinburgh Film Festival - Best Actress Award - WON (for "Bumping the Odds")


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