Elaine C Smith puts career in spotlight to inspire next generation of performers at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Published: May 19, 2017


Elaine C Smith, acclaimed TV comedy actress, West End star and one of the UK’s leading pantomime dames, is to share her tales from a lifetime on stage and screen when she returns to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland next week. The Scottish actress and comedienne will meet an audience of RCS students and supporters at Scotland’s national conservatoire for a one-off Creative Conversation on Tuesday 23 May.

Born in Baillieston, Glasgow, Elaine graduated from the Royal Conservatoire (then known as the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) in 1978 before embarking on a dynamic and successful career which has seen her star in hit nationwide television sitcoms such as Rab C Nesbitt and Two Doors Down, the original West End cast of Calendar Girls and in the lead role of Susan Boyle in the musical I Dreamed a Dream, which she co-wrote. Elaine has also redefined the role of pantomime dame and enjoys extensive theatre credits including the original production of The Steamie, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary in autumn 2017.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said:

“We look forward very much to welcoming Elaine C Smith back to the Royal Conservatoire to share experiences and insight from her diverse and dynamic career with our students and supporters. We’re very grateful to Elaine for making the time and I have no doubt she will engage and inspire us all in a very entertaining way.”

The Creative Conversation with Elaine C Smith will be hosted by RCS lecturer and former journalist Andy Dougan. Proceedings get under way at 7pm in the Royal Conservatoire’s New Athenaeum Theatre.

More information on graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is available by logging on to: www.rcs.ac.uk/find-our-alumni/