02 March 2006

Linda Smith, radio comedienne and Sheffield graduate, has died of cancer

The University was very saddened to hear of the death of one of our most successful and best-loved graduates, Linda Smith, following a three-year battle with ovarian cancer. Linda died on 27 February, aged 48.

Graduating from Sheffield in 1982 with a BA in English and Drama, Linda went on to become one of the small band of women to make it to the top of the male-dominated world of comedy. A stalwart of Radio 4 quiz shows, such as the News Quiz, she was greatly admired by listeners who voted her “wittiest person” in a recent poll.

She also wrote and starred in two radio sit-com series of her own, Linda Smith's A Brief History of Time Wasting, about life in a tower block. A veteran of the Edinburgh fringe she also appeared on shows such as Have I Got News For You?, QI, and Mock the Week.

Linda’s unique blend of personal, political and “down-right silly” humor will be missed by many.