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'Sharon Small (b. 1967) is a Scottish actress most famous for her starring roles as Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers on The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (opposite Nathaniel Parker) and Trudi Malloy on Mistresses. Recently she guest-starred on Downton Abbey and was featured on Kidnap & Ransoms second series.

Her lesser-known roles include Carol Simpson on Sunburn, Cara Rossi on Glasgow Kiss, Titania the Faery Queen in Shakespeare Retold's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Dr Laura Maitland on Murderland. Her guest credits include The Bill and a trifecta of Scottish classics in Hamish Macbeth, Doctor Finlay, and Rebus.

She has also done work on film (About a Boy, Dear Frankie) and, much more notably, the stage (Lear, When Harry Met Sally, Men Should Weep), including work at the prestigious Donmar Warehouse. A talented actress who is always convincing no matter the role, she deserves a lot more recognition than she currently gets, although after Mistresses and Downton Abbey her star seems to be on the rise.

Her early drama training took place at Adam Smith College in Kircaldy, whose alumni include Ewan MacGregor and Dougray Scott; after completing that, she packed up and moved to London, graduating from the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Fittingly for a native Scot, she made her television debut on Taggart.

A classically trained lyric soprano, she has also performed in, among others, The Threepenny Opera.

She currently lives in London with her partner Dan and their two children.

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  1. (since even if you do sort of want to punch Barbara Havers a lot for being so bitchy, it's easily understandable where she's coming from)
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