Attended Oxford University in England, UK
According to Matthew Robinson on the "Doctor Who - Resurrection Of The Daleks" DVD, he was originally offered the part of Stein (subsequently played by Rodney Bewes).
Original choice to direct Wayne's World (1992).
Confessed to never having watched his performance in The Princess Bride (1987) due to the painful experience involved in filming the role. His character required him to wear colored contact lenses and, unknown to Smith and the costume department at the time, he was actually allergic to the lens solution used. This meant that Smith was in constant pain and discomfort throughout filming, hence why he was so reluctant to relive the memory.
Was a friend of the British group Queen.
British comedian and director who came to prominence as part of the team of Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979). Frequently collaborated with fellow comedian Griff Rhys Jones with whom he was partner in the production company Talkback.
News obituaries of Mel Smith revealed that he had been "a gambler".
Originated the role of Wilbur Turnblad in London's West End production of Hairspray in 2007 at the Shaftesbury Theatre.