Silver Lining

Sandi Toksvig

Silver Lining

Sheila Reid


Sheila was born in Scotland and trained at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, of which she is a fellow.

She spent 7 years in Laurence Olivier’s first permanent company at the Old Vic Theatre, playing, amongst many parts, Bianca in his ‘Othello’ and Natasha in ‘The Three Sisters’ – both subsequently filmed.

She is a founder member of the Actors Company and spent two seasons with the RSC; notably as the nurse in ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Putana in ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore’ and Queen Margaret in ‘Richard III’.

Appearances in London include Morag in ‘When I Was A Girl I Used To Scream And Shout’ (Olivier Nomination), ‘My Mother Said I Never Should’ (Royal Court), ‘The Importance Of Being Ernest’ (Haymarket), ‘Pornography’ (Tricycle), ‘Into The Woods’ (Donmar), ‘Filomena’ (Almeida).

Favourite Christmas engagements: ‘On The Town’ Chatelet in Paris and Fairy Bowbells in ‘Dick Whittington’.

Most recent theatre includes – ‘Maurice’s Jubilee’ (Edinburgh Festival and UK tour) and Gower in ‘Pericles’ at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Ingmar Bergman cast her in his film ‘The Touch’, having directed her in ‘Hedda Gabler’ at the National Theatre. Other films include ‘Brazil’, ‘Sir Henry’ at Rawlinson’s End, ‘The Winter Guest’, ‘Five Days One Summer’ and, most recently, the short multi award winning ‘O Be Joyful’.

She is probably best known on TV as Madge, in the comedy series ‘Benidorm’. Other television includes ‘Call The Midwife Christmas special 2014’, three series of ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Father Brown’ and ‘Psychobitches’.

Her own shows ‘Love Among The Butterflies’ and ‘Terrible with Raisons in it’ played at the Edinburgh Festival.

Recent radio includes ‘Fanny and Alexander’, ‘Highlights’ and the BBC woman’s hour serial ‘Wild Things’

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