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Sheridan Smith

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Smith in December 2013
Born (1981-06-25) 25 June 1981 (age 38)
Epworth, England
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active1999–present
Musical career
Labels East West
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Sheridan Smith, OBE (born 25 June 1981) is an English actress and singer. Smith came to prominence after playing a variety of characters on sitcoms such as The Royle Family (1999–2000), Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (2001–2009), Gavin & Stacey (2008–2010), and Benidorm (2009). She played the role of Joey Ross on the drama series Jonathan Creek (2009–2013) and went on to receive acclaim for starring in a succession of television dramas, such as Mrs Biggs (2012), Cilla (2014), The C Word (2015), Black Work (2015), and The Moorside (2017). Her feature film credits include Tower Block (2012), Quartet (2012), and The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016).


Smith has performed in the West End musicals Little Shop of Horrors (2007), Legally Blonde (2010), Funny Girl (2016), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (2019). She released her debut album, Sheridan , in 2017. Her second album, A Northern Soul , was released in 2018.

In late 2006, Smith started voicing Lucie Miller for Doctor Who , as part of the BBC7 Big Finish audio range, alongside Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor, in the story Blood of the Daleks . Sheridan's last audio adventure for Big Finish was To The Death, in 2011, in which Lucie died.

Smith is the recipient of two Olivier Awards, a BAFTA, a National Television Award and a BPG Award, as well as two International Emmy Award nominations. She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to drama. [1]

Early life

Sheridan Smith was born on 25 June 1981 [2] in Epworth, Lincolnshire, the only daughter of Marylin Smith. Her grandad was a banjo player in Yorkshire and later played as a trio with his daughters. [3] Smith studied dance at the Joyce Mason School of Dancing from an early age. [2] She later attended South Axholme Comprehensive School, [4] she never trained at a drama school,[ citation needed ] she was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre from 1995 to 2001, performing a number of understudy roles in productions such as Bugsy Malone , Pendragon, and Into the Woods . [5] She completed further education at John Leggott College in Scunthorpe.


Film and television

From 1999 to 2000, Smith played Emma in The Royle Family . She played Janet Keogh in the long-running series Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps from 2001 until 2009. In February 2003, she appeared in "Immediate Care", an episode of The Royal , where she played the part of Francesca Wheeler, a teenage girl who was suffering from leukemia. In 2004, she made a one-episode appearance in Mile High as Suzy, an airport cleaner who impersonates a flight attendant in an attempt to become cabin crew. She also featured in The Comic Strip 's 2005 episode "Sex Actually" as Angie.

Smith played Cleo Martin in Love Soup (2005) and starred as Michelle, a hypocritical nutritionist, in three series of the sitcom Grownups (2006–2009). She has also appeared on The Lenny Henry Show as M.E. Westmocott, a role spoofing the various medical examiners on CSI . In the 2009 Two Pints of Lager Comic Relief special, which crossed over with Grownups, she played her characters from both series. [6]

Smith has also appeared in a number of other shows including the BBC's Eyes Down , in which she played Sandy, and smaller parts in shows such as The Bill and Fat Friends . She featured as Rudi: Smithy's little sister in the second and third series of the BBC Three sitcom Gavin & Stacey . She guest starred in the Christmas 2008 episode of Lark Rise to Candleford . Since 2009, she has played Joey Ross in special seasonal episodes of Jonathan Creek , namely "The Grinning Man" (2009), "The Judas Tree" (2010), and "The Clue of the Savant's Thumb" (2013). She played Brandy in the third series of Benidorm .

During 2010, Smith acted as a mentor to the contestants of the BBC show Over the Rainbow . Sky Arts' Chekhov Comedy Shorts also featured Smith in 2010 when she starred as Natasha in The Proposal. [7] She appeared in the 2011 film Hysteria , about the invention of the vibrator. [8] For the factual hospital series Bizarre ER , she took over narration duties from Freema Agyeman. She appeared in the 2012 ITV film adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel The Scapegoat . [9]

In September 2012 Smith played the title role in Mrs Biggs , a five-part series on ITV. In 2013, she appeared in the Channel 4 series Dates . In January 2014, she starred in the two-part BBC drama The 7.39 . In March 2014, she appeared in the ITV crime drama The Widower as the first wife of serial killer Malcolm Webster. Later that year, she featured in the series Who Do You Think You Are? and played Cilla Black in the three-part ITV drama series Cilla .

In 2015 she starred as cancer patient Lisa Lynch in the one-off BBC drama The C Word and as policewoman Jo Gillespie in the three-part ITV drama Black Work , which was nominated for a National Television Award in 2016.

Smith narrated the reality series Bear Grylls: Mission Survive from 2015. The show was nominated for a National Television Award in 2016 but was cancelled after two series. In February 2017, she starred in The Moorside , a BBC drama based on the kidnapping of Shannon Matthews in 2008.

She appeared in her own ITV music special in November 2017. Titled Sheridan, the one-off special presented by Alexander Armstrong saw her performing some of the songs from her album, and talking about her life. [10]

In December 2017, Smith starred as evil step-mum Sheila in the television adaptation of David Walliams' children's book, Ratburger . It was broadcast on Sky One. In January 2019, she began appearing as Sam in ITV drama series Cleaning Up .


Smith's theatre credits include the musical Into the Woods at London's Donmar Warehouse, [11] and Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park. [12] She also played Audrey in the stage production of Little Shop of Horrors at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London, from November 2006, with the production then transferring to the Duke of York's Theatre in March 2007. Following a successful run the production moved again at the end of June 2007 to the New Ambassadors Theatre, where its played until September 2007. Smith was nominated for the 2008 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in the show. [13]

Smith appeared as Vanessa in Tinderbox: a Revenge Comedy by Lucy Kirkwood at the Bush Theatre, Shepherd's Bush, in April 2008. [14] Smith originated the role of Elle Woods in the musical version of Legally Blonde in its transfer from Broadway to London's West End in December 2009. [15] Ex-Blue boyband member Duncan James played opposite Smith until June 2010, when he was replaced by Richard Fleeshman. Other cast members Smith has performed alongside include Aoife Mulholland as Brooke, Denise Van Outen as Paulette, Peter Davison as Professor Callahan and Alex Gaumond as Emmett Forrest. [16] Her performance was well received, The Daily Telegraph describing her as: "blessed with vitality, warmth, great comic timing and sudden moments of touching vulnerability. She is infinitely more likeable than Reese Witherspoon in the film." [17]

Smith was originally supposed to leave Legally Blonde on 23 October 2010, but she extended her run to 8 January 2011, when Susan McFadden took over the role. [18] For her role in Legally Blonde, Smith won the Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical. [19] She was also nominated for the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress and was the winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. [20] [21]

Between March and June 2011, she appeared in Trevor Nunn's production of Flare Path at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket as Doris, a former barmaid married to a Polish count in the RAF. The production was part of the playwright Terence Rattigan's centenary year celebrations and also starred Sienna Miller and James Purefoy. For this role she won the 2012 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role, [22] the 2011 Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress [23] and the BroadwayWorld UK Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. [24]

As well as her role in Legally Blonde, Smith also performed the title role in the workshop productions of a new musical adaptation of Bridget Jones' Diary. [25] On 5 April 2012, it was announced that Smith had decided to pull out of the musical, and would no longer be playing the title role, delaying the production of the show.

From September to November 2012, Smith played the title role in Hedda Gabler at the Old Vic, winning the 2013 Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress in a Play.[ citation needed ] Shortly before collecting her award at the ceremony on 17 February 2013, Smith performed the original song "Stagey and Proud", which was written by Chris Passey and Amy Carroll. [26] From September to November 2013, she starred alongside David Walliams in a West End production of A Midsummer Night's Dream , as part of Michael Grandage's season of plays at the Noël Coward Theatre.

Smith starred in a new London production of the musical Funny Girl . It previewed at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 20 November 2015, opened on 2 December and ran until 6 March 2016. [27] [28] The show then transferred to the Savoy Theatre in the West End for a 12-week run, but extended through 8 October 2016.[ citation needed ] Sheridan Smith states in The Stage [29] that she is married to the job. Smith continued with the role throughout its UK Tour.

Smith played the Narrator in a new production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium over the 2019 summer season with Jason Donovan as The Pharoh and Jac Yarrow as Joseph.

From September 2020, Smith will reprise her role of Cilla Black in a UK tour of Cilla The Musical , based on the TV series Cilla.


Smith played companion Lucie Miller alongside Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor in a radio series of Doctor Who , produced by Big Finish and transmitted on BBC 7 from New Year's Eve 2006; the plays returned in a second series released on CD and scheduled for BBC 7 broadcast. A third series of adventures for Lucie and the Doctor aired in March 2009, as weekly half-hour downloads followed by a Christmas Special. Lucie Miller made her final appearances in the fourth series, ending in 2011.[ citation needed ] She also narrated two Big Finish Short Trips stories, "The Curse of the Fugue" and "Flashpoint." Smith has reprised her role as Lucie Miller opposite McGann's Eighth Doctor in The Further Adventures of Lucie Miller , released in July 2019. [30] Smith also appeared as Ruby Ruggles in the 2008 radio serial The Way We Live Right Now , and took over the role of Tamsin Trelawny in series 2 of Elephants to Catch Eels on BBC Radio 4.


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  • Released: 3 November 2017
  • Label: East West
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
A Northern Soul
  • Released: 2 November 2018
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: Digital download, CD



2011 Hysteria Molly the Lolly
2011 How to Stop Being a Loser Lisa
2012 Tower Block Becky
2012 Quartet Dr Lucy Cogan
2013 Powder Room Sam
2013 The Harry Hill Movie Michelle
2016 The Huntsman: Winter's War Mrs Bromwyn
2018The More You Ignore MeGina
2019 The Queen's Corgi WandaU.K. Release


1999 Wives and Daughters HousemaidEpisode No. 1.1
1999 Dark Ages Matilda5 episodes
1999–2000 The Royle Family Emma Kavanagh3 episodes
2000 Heartbeat LynEpisode: "A Shot in the Dark"
2000 Where the Heart Is VickyEpisode: "Modern Love"
2000Anchor MeYoung JackieTelevision film
2001 Holby City Miranda Locke6 episodes
2001 Always and Everyone NurseEpisode No. 3.12
2001HawkinsJezTelevision film
2001–2009 Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Janet Keogh (née Smith)73 episodes
2002 Fat Friends Sharon Wormersley2 episodes
2002 Blood Strangers Jas Dyson / ClaireTelevision film
2003–2004 Eyes Down Sandy Beech15 episodes
2004 Mile High SusieEpisode No. 2.10
2005 The Bill Janey GilesEpisode 315
2005 The Lenny Henry Show Various Characters8 episodes
2005 The Comic Strip AngieEpisode: "Sex Actually"
2005–2008 Love Soup Cleo Martin15 episodes
2006–2009 Grownups Michelle Booth22 episodes
2008 Lark Rise to Candleford Cinderella DoeEpisode: No. 2.1
2008–2010 Gavin & Stacey Ruth "Rudi" Smith 7 episodes
2009 Benidorm Brandy4 episodes
2009The Friday Night ClubMirandaUnaired pilot [33]
2009–2013 Jonathan Creek Joey Ross3 episodes
2010Chekhov Comedy ShortsNatashaEpisode: "The Proposal"
2011 Little Crackers Marilyn SmithEpisode: "The Daltons"
2012 Accused CharlotteEpisode: "Stephen's Story"
2012 Mrs Biggs Charmian Biggs5 episodes
2012 Panto! Tamsin Taylor
2012 The Scapegoat NinaTelevision film
2012 Mr Stink Caroline CrumbTelevision film
2013 Dates Jenny
2014 The 7.39 Sally Thorn2 episodes
2014 The Widower Claire WebsterMini-series
2014 Who Do You Think You Are? Herself1 episode
2014 Cilla Cilla Black Mini-series
2015 Inside No. 9 ChristineAnthology series, episode:"The 12 Days of Christine"
2015 The C Word Lisa Lynch Drama
2015 Black Work Jo GillespieThree-part thriller
2015 Bear Grylls: Mission Survive NarratorFirst series
2016 Galavant Princess JubileeEpisode: No. 2:5
2016 Walliams and Friend VariousEpisode: "Sheridan Smith"
2017 The Moorside Julie BushbyBBC drama based on the Kidnapping of Shannon Matthews
2017 Sheridan [34] HerselfOne-off special
2017RatburgerSheilaTelevision film
2018Sheridan Smith: Coming HomeHerselfOne-off documentary
2018CareJennyTelevision film
2019 Cleaning Up SamMain role
2019The Further Adventures of Lucie MillerLucie MillerMain role
2020 Thunderbirds Are Go Scraps (voice)Episode: "Buried Treasure"
2020Isolation StoriesMel1 episode


2006-7 Little Shop of Horrors Audrey Menier Chocolate Factory
2007 Duke of York's Theatre

Ambassadors Theatre

2008Tinderbox: A Revenge ComedyVanessa Bush Theatre
2009-11 Legally Blonde Elle Woods Savoy Theatre
2011 Flare Path Doris Theatre Royal Haymarket
2012 Hedda Gabler Hedda Gabler The Old Vic
2013 A Midsummer Night's Dream Titania Noël Coward Theatre
2015-16 Funny Girl Fanny Brice Menier Chocolate Factory
2016 Savoy Theatre
2017UK tour
2019 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat The Narrator London Palladium

Awards and nominations


Classic BRIT Awards
2018Female Artist of the Year [35] Sheridan Nominated
2018Classic FM Album of the Year Sheridan Nominated


BroadwayWorld UK Awards
2011Best Featured Actress in a Play Flare Path Won
Evening Standard Awards
2010Best Actress Legally Blonde Nominated
2011Best Actress Flare Path Won
2016Best Actress Funny Girl Nominated
Laurence Olivier Awards
2009 Best Actress in a Musical Little Shop of Horrors Nominated
2011 Best Actress in a Musical Legally BlondeWon
2012 Best Performance in a Supporting Role Flare PathWon
2017 Best Actress in a Musical Funny GirlNominated
Manchester Theatre Awards
2018Best Actress in a Visiting Production Funny Girl (UK Tour)Won Audience Awards
2011Best Actress in a MusicalLegally BlondeWon
2013Best Actress in a Play Hedda Gabler Won
2017Best Actress in a Musical Funny Girl Nominated


AACTA Awards
2014 Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama Mrs BiggsNominated
2013 Best Actress Mrs BiggsWon
2015Best Actress [36] Cilla Nominated
2016Best ActressThe C WordNominated
Emmy Awards
2013 International Emmy Award for Best Actress Mrs BiggsNominated
2015International Emmy Award for Best ActressCillaNominated
National Television Awards
2013Outstanding Drama Performance (Female) Mrs Biggs Nominated
2015Best Drama Performance Cilla Won
2016Best Drama PerformanceBlack WorkNominated
2018Best Drama Performance The Moorside Nominated
Royal Television Society Awards
2013Best ActressMrs BiggsNominated
2015Best ActressCillaNominated
TV Choice Award
2013Best ActressMrs BiggsNominated
2015Best Actress Cilla Won
Women in Film & Television Awards
2013Best PerformanceMrs BiggsWon

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