|Born||1987 (age 32–33)|
Lewis Smales (stage name Linford) (born 1987) is a British actor. A native of Swanland, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. Smales is probably best known for playing the character of gamekeeper Lee Naylor in the British television soap Emmerdale.
In 2010 Smales appeared in the 3rd Series of "The Inbetweeners".
He began his career playing the part of Wayne Broody in John Godber's BAFTA award-winning BBC drama "Oddsquad".
Sexual assault trial and acquittal
In August 2009, Smales was tried at Hull Crown Court for the alleged sexual assault of a 20-year-old female boxer in a nightclub in Kingston upon Hull. The incident was alleged to have occurred in Hull's Pozition night club in 2007, two years before Smales appeared on Emmerdale. Smales was acquitted of the charge and later appeared in the media arguing for the anonymity of accused males in rape trials.
- "Abi Titmuss to star in Hull Truck play". This is Hull & East Riding. Northcliffe Media Ltd. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- 'Soap actor denies fondle claims' BBC News 21 August 2009
- Emmerdale 'sex assault' star Lewis Linford says he's the real victim Daily Mirror 22 August 2009