Smiley was born in 1963 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He moved to London, England in his the 1980s with his wife, journalist and broadcaster Miranda Sawyer. He began doing stand-up in 1993, after accepting a bet at an open-mic night. He had worked previously as a cycle courier (like his character in Spaced) and as a DJ.
He became well-known for his role as Tyres in Spaced. He also played Jordan, a former member of the British Army's Parachute Regiment in the 2008 horror film Outpost. In 2004, he portrayed a Tyres-like zombie in the 2004 film Shaun of the Dead, which was directed by Edgar Wright, the director of Spaced.
- Michael Smiley on Wikipedia