Who is Sheridan Smith? The Moorside and Funny Girl star performing on Strictly Come Dancing tonight


SHERIDAN Smith is one of Britain’s most recognisable TV and stage actresses, with starring roles in several high-profile shows and productions.

Sheridan is preparing to launch her debut album and is performing on Strictly Come DancingTONIGHT. Here’s what we know…

 Sheridan Smith is taking on the role of Julie Bushby in The Moorside

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Sheridan Smith is taking on the role of Julie Bushby in The Moorside

Who is Sheridan Smith?

Sheridan Smith is a 35-year-old BAFTA and Olivier award-winning actress who has been awarded an OBE for her services to drama.

The star began her career as a comedy actress, but has since proven herself to be a triple threat star who can do comedy, drama and musical theatre.

While admitting that she is ‘married to her job’, the star was forced to pull out of a stage performance of Funny Girl for several weeks as she battled exhaustion from her hectic schedule.

In May, she was whisked away to hospital following a collapse at a health spa and being taken ill.

The hospital dash came just after concerns were raised for her welfare after a performance of Funny Girl was abandoned after less than half an hour, with fans claiming she was “drunk” and slurring her words.

In late 2016, she lost her beloved dad to cancer, following his diagnosis in March.

She has now thankfully appeared to be back in a better frame of mind, and The Moorside signals a return to TV for the star.

In late July, The Sun reported how Sheridan had enjoyed a one night stand with former Love Island contestant Jordan ‘The Hulk’ Ring.

She is pooling all of her talent into a one-off ITV special that will see her perform songs from her upcoming album as well as an array of musical numbers in the accompaniment of a live orchestra.


Who did Sheridan play in The Moorside?

Sheridan took on the role of Julie Busby in The Moorside – a dramatic retelling of the events surrounding ‘missing’ child Shannon Matthews in 2008.

Julie Bushby was the chair of the Moorside residents and tenants association that helped trace Shannon.

Efforts included marches, personal searches, and door-to-door enquiries – which were eventually revealed to be pointless.

It also deals with the fall out from the community after they discovered they had been lied to.

The real Julie has since spoken on This Morning about Sheridan’s portrayal, praising her for her realistic work.

Speaking to hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, Julie said: “Me and Sheridan are still mates now.

“She didn’t really ask much of me but every time I spoke, she were repeating it, trying to get my accent right.”

On her role in The Moorside, Sheridan said: “The story is a fascinating mixture of what I thought I knew and a whole lot more that I had no idea about.

“The themes of faith and trust in human nature, and the way the whole community came together really inspired me.”

What TV Shows has Sheridan been in?

Sheridan has become a household name thanks to her effortless flexibility between comedic and dramatic roles.

Initially starring as Ralf Little’s girlfriend in The Royle Family, she later paired with him again for the long-running sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.

She left the show in 2009 after eight years in the roles.

She later took on the role of Rudi in the much-loved BBC sitcom Gavin and Stacey, playing the sister of James Corden (who she dated briefly) for two series.

As for dramatic roles, Sheridan won a BAFTA for the part of gangster Ronnie Biggs’ wife in the bio-series Mrs Biggs.

She was also widely praised for her role in The C Word – playing a character battling cancer, and Cilla, in which she played the iconic entertainer Cilla Black in a story of her life.

On top of leading roles, Sheridan has been in numerous highly loved TV shows in one-off roles and bit parts, including The Bill, Fat Friends, Lark Rise to Candleford and The Lenny Henry Show.

She’s also given her voice to narrate Bear Grylls: Mission Survive and Bizarre ER.

 Sheridan has also starred in a string of successful theatre shows

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Sheridan has also starred in a string of successful theatre shows

What theatre shows has Sheridan Smith performed in?

As well as being an acclaimed screen actress, Sheridan has also taken on several highly sought-after roles on stage as well.

Proving herself to be a real leading lady, Sheridan took on the role of Elle Woods in the musical adaptation of Legally Blonde – which earned her a Laurence Olivier award for Best Actress in a Musical.

She also led the cast in the title role of Hedda Gabler at the Old Vic in 2012, and starred in a West End production of Shakespeare’s Midsommer Night’s Dream alongside fellow funnyman David Walliams.

Sheridan won another Olivier for Best Performance in a Supporting Role after appearing in WWII drama Flare Path, where she starred alongside Sienna Miller.

Her last performance was as Fanny Bryce in Funny Girl – a role made famous by icon Barbra Streisand.

What is Sheridan on ITV about?

Sheridan recently landed a one-off special that will see her perform songs from her debut album as well as a number of musical medleys.

The show is airing in part to celebrate her enormous talent and long-running career across the stage and the screen.

Sheridan said: “I am so excited to be performing my songs and sharing my journey with my fans, friends and family. It’s a dream come true…”

The blonde beauty will also give fans an insight into her personal life, how it is working as an actress and singer, and how she feels about becoming a national treasure.

Lee Connolly, Creative Director for ITV Entertainment, said: “With such a stellar career as an actor, it’s easy to forget that Sheridan is also a wonderful singer.

How many albums has she released so far?

Sheridan has yet to release an album but announced last month that she’s signed a record deal with East West Records.

The star was overjoyed at the news, tweeting: “I am so excited to have signed to @EastWestRecords and will be releasing an album later this year.”

She added in a statement: “It has been an ambition since a child to record my own album so I’m incredibly excited to be recording some of my favourite songs.”

The music company’s president, Dan Chalmers, added: “We’re very excited to work with Sheridan, I’ve admired her for many years and she has an incredible voice.

“Sheridan’s a genuine talent, her fans love her and she’s one of the country’s finest all-round entertainers.”

Watch Sheridan Smith shine in new BBC drama The Moorside

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