Shane studied in Los Angeles combining his study’s between Maurice Kosloff school of method acting and the prestigious M.K Lewis “Comedy in Film“.
He has managed to balance a successful forty year career between theatre, film & TV being a regular fixture on prime time television hosting such shows as Lucky Numbers (ITV), The Shane Richie Experience (ITV), Win, Lose or Draw (ITV), Don’t Forget the Lyrics! (SKY1), Reflex (BBC) and Win Your Wish List (BBC).
Theatre credits include playing the role of Danny Zuko in the West End production ‘Grease’, which broke box office records both in London and Manchester. Shane co-wrote and co-produced “Boogie Nights”. This National UK tour culminated in a record breaking run at the Savoy Theatre. He starred in the National tour of “One Flew over The Cuckoo’s Nest” taking over the role of Randal Mcmurphy from Christian Slater. He performed in ‘Lone Star’ and the critically acclaimed “Private Wars” at The Kings Head London.
Shane played Ebenezer Scrooge in the smash-hit musical Scrooge, which once again broke all box office records.
His numerous TV dramas include playing Fagin in Oliver Twist (BBC), New Tricks (BBC), We’re Doomed: The Dad’s Army Story (BBC), What We Did on Our Holidays with Pauline Collins and Roger Lloyd Pack (ITV), The Good Samaritan (ITV), As Good As It Gets (ITV), Skins (CH4), Moving On (BBC), Minder (CH5).
Film roles include playing Porter in a special Channel 4 film version of Macbeth, directed by Michael Bogdanov starring alongside Greta Scacchi and Sean Pertwee.
Shane produced and appeared in Britflick “Shoreditch” alongside Joely Richardson and featured in ‘Prisoners of the Sun’ with John Rhys Davies & Joss Ackland. In 2006 he spent the best part of the year splitting his time between London & LA voicing the character of SID the rat for Dreamworks Animation “Flushed Away” working alongside Hugh Jackman & Kate Winslett.
A major career turning point came along when the role of lovable rogue Alfie Moon was created for Shane in BBC1 Eastenders. During his time on Albert Square he received many accolades and awards including: two Baftas, as Best Newcomer and Best Actor (ITV soap Awards), Most Popular Actor (NTA’S), Soap Personality of the Year at the TRIC Awards and Best Actor at the Rose d’Or Television Festival. In 2016 Shane filmed the critically acclaimed BBC Redwater alongside Jessie Wallace (Kat Moon), which was followed by the sell-out UK tour of International Bestselling author Peter James’ thriller ‘The Perfect Murder’. Shane started 2017 portraying Peter James’ multi-selling series of books, playing Detective Superintendent Roy Grace in “Not Dead Enough” on a UK tour whilst finding time to recreate the popular and outrageous character Sammy Valentino in ‘Benidorm’ (ITV). He later went on to feature in the Disney animation ‘Claude’ as the role of Denzel Pedal.
Shane has enjoyed making No.1 autobiography in The Sunday Times- Best Seller “Rags to Richie” and No.1 record titled ‘I’m Your Man’ for BBC Children In Need.
Shane hosted his own BBC Radio2 show on numerous occasions during 2017 and 2018 and recorded radio sitcom ‘The Taylors’ by Simon Carlyle. He brought out his Album for Warner titled ‘A Country Soul’ which again made it to No.1 and the accolade of being the UK’s Biggest Selling Country Artist.
In 2018, Shane surprised all his fans with making a special come back to Eastenders as Alfie Moon. He is now looking forward to returning to Qdos Pantomimes playing the role of Robin Hood at The Milton Keynes Theatre.