Elaine Smith is a Scottish actress and comedian. She has starred in the BBC sitcoms, City Lights, Rab C. Nesbitt and Two Doors Down. Her stage credits include the original productions of The Steamie and I Dreamed a Dream. In 1984, she made her TV debut on the BBC Scotland comedy Laugh??? and I nearly Paid My License Fee, however, her first major television appearance came in 1986 as a star on the BBC Sketch Show Naked Video. Made by BBC Scotland it was shown throughout the UK on BBC 2. In between seasons of Naked Video, Smith also starred in Scottish sitcom City Lights, which ran for four years on the BBC.
Smith is best known for her role as Mary “Mary Doll” Nesbitt in the BBC sitcom Rab C Nesbitt, a series based on characters in a Naked Video sketch. Launched in 1990 and set in Glasgow, the show was a cult hit, and ran for nine years on BBC2. The show was revived for a Christmas special in 2008, two new series in 2010 and 2011, and a New Year special in 2014. Smith has appeared in the BBC dramas Two Thousand Acres of Sky and 55 Degrees North, performed alongside Helena Bonham Carter in the British film Women Talking Dirty, and toured Scotland with her stand-up comedy show.
In 2010 she took part in an STV tribute to Scottish actor Gerard Kelly. In January 2011 she appeared on Celebrity Mastermind with singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell as her specialist subject. She finished second on the programme. Until 2009, Smith wrote a weekly column in the Sunday Mail newspaper. In August 2007, she was appointed to the Scottish Broadcasting Commission established by the Scottish Government and, in October 2007, she appeared in an episode of the Jennifer Saunders sitcom The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle. She is a supporter of numerous charities, including Zero Tolerance and Relationships Scotland. She is the patron of the Women and Girl’s Programme at Celtic FC. In late 2009 her autobiography, Nothing Like a Dame was published.
Since 2015 Smith has presented a documentary-style show entitled Burdz Eye View, in which she tours Scotland with her comedy act and talks about Scottish life and culture. In 2015 Smith had a part in the third series of Kay Mellors BBC drama The Syndicate. In 2016 she began starring in the BBC Scotland sitcom Two Doors Down.
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