Sheridan Morley was born on 05 Dec 1941, the son of actor Robert Morley and Joan Buckmaster. His maternal Grandmother was actress Gladys Cooper, and maternal Grandfather was Herbert Buckmaster, the inventor of the Buck's Fizz cocktail. He was named after a character that Robert Morley was playing in The Man Who Came to Dinner at the time of his birth. He was educated at Sizewell Hall school on the Sussex Coast, and later studied Modern Language at Merton College, Oxford. His education included a year in Switzerland to study languages. While at University he was the secretary of the Oxford University Drama Society (OUDS), and appeared in a number of productions.
After University and working in Hawaii for a year, Sheridan Morley worked for Independent Television News for some years as a reporter. At this point he started to write articles on the theatre in the press, and in 1967 moved to BBC 2 to present the art showcase Late Night Line-Up and later Film Night. Also for television he presented Sheridan Meets for the BBC and Theatreland for London Weekend Television (LWT), and on radio he presented Kaleidoscope for Radio 4 and Meridian for the BBC World Service. He regularly appeared as a panellist for quiz shows on both television and radio.
As a critic he wrote initially for The Times and Punch, and later for the Sunday Telegraph, Evening Standard, International Herald Tribune, The Spectator and the Daily Express. He also produced a number of plays, most notably Noel and Gertie, a tribute to Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence. Other productions include If Love Were All, The Chalk Garden, The Lodger, Jermyn Street Revue, Spread a Little Happiness and Song at Twilight. As well as directing productions Sheridan Morley also appeared in many, including the narrator in Side by Side by Sondheim on many occasions and as the narrator in his own Noel and Gertie, along side giving a number of talks and cabarets both on his own and with others, notably Michael Law.
Sheridan Morley also wrote a great number of books, including a biography of his friend Noel Coward. He also edited and introduced Coward's diaries and a number of his play scripts. Other notable biographies include those for John Gielgud, Dirk Bogarde, and Robert Morley. He wrote a number of books on theatre and film in general, including Spread a Little Happiness and Tales from the Hollywood Raj.
Sheridan Morley was close friends with a number of actors, actresses, directors and producers. He married Margaret Gudjeko in 1965, the marriage was later dissolved in 1990. He then married Ruth Leon in 1995. He has three children by his first marriage- Hugo, Alexis and Juliet. Sheridan Morley died on 16 Feb 2007 at the age of 65.