HE made his name as a star of darkly-comic TV hit The League of Gentlemen. Now, however, actor Reece Shearsmith has joined another select band of famous faces.
Hull-born Reece, a former student at Wakefield’s Bretton Hall College, has been chosen as an official patron of Yorkshire by the Welcome To Yorkshire tourism agency.
He will follow other ‘ambassadors’ such as Sir Patrick Stewart and Barbara Taylor Bradford in flying the flag for the county and its attractions at home and abroad. Reece said today: “I’m very proud to be named a Yorkshire patron.
“My family still live in Hull and I retain strong links with the area.
“From the origins of The League of Gentlemen through to being given an honorary degree from the University of Hull last year, Yorkshire’s played a big role in my career.”
Reece’s TV and film CV also includes BBC Two’s Psychoville and Inside No. 9 as well as ITV’s The Widower.
He will appear next year in High-Rise, a new film from acclaimed director Ben Wheatley which also stars Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons. Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome To Yorkshire, said: “It’s a genuine pleasure to recognise Reece’s achievements and his proud promotion of his home county in the process.
“His talents have seen him grace both TV and cinema screens and the next 12 months promise to be even more exciting with his role in the new Ben Wheatley film alongside the likes of Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons.”
Other previously-appointed Yorkshire patrons include Sir Michael Parkinson and Brian Blessed.