Michael Smiley is a comic and actor from Northern Ireland currently living in England.
Smiley was born in 1963 in Belfast and grew up in Holywood. He moved to London in his 20s with his wife. He began doing stand-up in 1993, after accepting a bet at an open-mic night. He had worked previously as a cycle courier and as a DJ.
He became well-known for his role as Tyres O'Flaherty the bicycle riding raver in two episodes of Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson's television series Spaced, and for his appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Melbourne Comedy Festival. He also played Jordan, a former member of the British Army's Parachute Regiment in the 2008 horror film Outpost as well as a Tyres-like zombie in Shaun of the Dead.
In 2003, he guest starred in the Doctor Who audio drama Creatures of Beauty. In 2004 he appeared in season 2, episode 4 of Hustle as Max the forger. He also was a small character in episode 2 "The Model" of 15 Storeys High.
He has also appeared in all three series of The Maltby Collection on Radio 4 as Des Wainwright, an eccentric security Guard who keeps repeating himself and reminding people he was in the SAS. He is presently playing the part of Benny "Deadhead" Silver in the BBC drama series Luther.
He appears as "Smiley" in the latest Betfair "Front Room" adverts.
In 2010 he had a major role in the film Burke & Hare, also starring Pegg and Stevenson.
In 2011 he starred in British horror film Kill List. The film received critical acclaim, and earned him the "Best Supporting Actor" Award at the 2011 British Independent Film Awards. In BBC One's Ripper Street (2013) he played George Lusk.