For many years, Linda carved out a career in the difficult world of stand-up comedy before becoming a panellist on BBC Radio Five's weekly news satire programme, The Treatment.
From there she moved to writing and performing in her own BBC Radio 4 sitcom, A Brief History of Time Wasting.
A popular addition to shows such as News Quiz, Just a Minute and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Smith showed her versatility when presenting Home Truths and Pick of the Week.
She stubbornly refused to fit any stereotype, her deadpan diatribes about everyday irritations resonating with millions.
I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue – BBC 2001