Sharon Small

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Sharon Small
Born (1967-01-01) 1 January 1967 (age 55)
Drumchapel, Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994-present

Sharon Small (born 1 January 1967) is a Scottish actress acclaimed for her dramatic work in film, radio, theatre, and television. Her best-known TV role is that of Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers in the BBC television adaptation of the The Inspector Lynley Mysteries by Elizabeth George. She joined the cast of Law & Order: UK as DI Elizabeth Flynn during series 8.

Education and personal life

Small was born in the Drumchapel district of Glasgow in 1967, the eldest of five children. 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 went on to complete a drama course at what is now Adam Smith College in Kirkcaldy, whose graduates include actors Ewan McGregor and Dougray Scott. After moving to London, Small studied drama at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, where she graduated in 1989.[citation needed] [1] She has two sons Leo and Zac with her partner, photographer Dan Bridges.



Year Title Character Production Awards
1997 Bumping the Odds Terry - Best Actress Award at the Edinburgh Film Festival
1997 Bite Alison - -
1998 Driven Caroline Hall Dandelion Films -
2002 About a Boy Christine - -
2004 Dear Frankie Marie Universal -
2004 Belly Button Kika Satellite Pictures -
2009 Pop Art short film - Forward Films


Year Title Character Production Notes
1994 Taggart Michelle Gibson SMG Productions 1 episode
1996 Doctor Finlay Irene Gallagher - 1 episode
1997 The Bill Gina Nash ITV -
1997 Hamish Macbeth WPC Anne Patterson - 1 episode
1997 No Child of Mine Linda - -
1999–2000 Sunburn Carol Simpson - 14 episodes
2000 Glasgow Kiss Cara Rossi - 6 episodes
2003 Cutting It Boo Wiberley - -
2001–2007 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries DS Barbara Havers BBC 23 episodes - nominated for Most Popular Actress and the Golden Satellite Award
2005 A Midsummer Night's Dream Titania BBC's Shakespeare Retold season -
2006 Rebus Miranda Masterson - -
2007 Nina and the Neurons Bud the Taste Neuron - 7 episodes
2009 Murderland Dr Laura Maitland ITV 3 episodes
2008–2010 Mistresses Trudi Malloy BBC -
2010 Agatha Christie's Marple Mary Pritchard ITV adaptation of "Miss Marple: The Blue Geranium", aired in the US on PBS -
2011 Downton Abbey Marigold Shore - 1 episode
2012 Kidnap and Ransom Beth Cooper ITV 3 episodes
2012 New Tricks Minnie/Annabel Tilson BBC 1 episode
2013 Silent Witness Geraldine Briggs BBC 2 episodes
2013 Call the Midwife Nora Harding BBC 1 episode
2014 Death in Paradise Dorothy Foster BBC 1 episode
2014 Midsomer Murders Ruth Cameron ITV Episode: series 16 episode 3 "Wild Harvest"
2014– Law & Order: UK DI Elizabeth 'Liz' Flynn ITV From series 8 episode 8 ("Repeat to Fade") onwards, to replace Paterson Joseph.


Small has appeared in 35 plays to date,[citation needed] her credits include;

Year Title Character Production
1994 The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht Polly London Donmar Theatre
1996 The Nun - Greenwich Studio Theatre
1998 London Cuckolds by Edward Ravencroft - Royal National Theatre
2004 When Harry Met Sally Marie Theatre Royal Haymarket
2005 Lear by Edward Bond Fortanelle Sheffield Crucible Theatre
2009 Life Is A Dream Estrella Donmar Warehouse
2010 Spur of the Moment by Anya Reiss Vicky Evans Royal Court Theatre
2010 Men Should Weep by Ena Lamont Stewart Maggie Morrison National Theatre
2014 Arden of Faversham[2] by Anonymous Alice Arden Royal Shakespeare Company


Title Character
At The Foot Of The Cross Narrator
High Table, Lower Orders Zoe
"Dr. Finlay - The Adventures Of A Black Bag" Nurse Angus
Angel Lorraine
The Order of Release Effie 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")


  1. BBC - Drama - People Index - Sharon Small
  2. "Arden of Faversham".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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