Sheridan Smith, OBE (born 25 June 1981) is an English actress, singer and dancer. [1 ]
Smith came to prominence on television for her roles in comedy shows
, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps , Love Soup , Gavin & Stacey and Grownups . She has most recently starred in television dramas like Benidorm , for which she won the Mrs Biggs BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for playing Ronnie Biggs' wife, and The 7.39 , where she played Cilla Cilla Black. Her film credits include , Tower Block , Quartet and Powder Room . The Harry Hill Movie
Smith made her
West End debut in a National Youth Music Theatre production of and has since performed in musicals Bugsy Malone , Into the Woods and Little Shop of Horrors . She won two Legally Blonde Laurence Olivier Awards in consecutive years, for [2 ] Best Actress in a Musical as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde in 2011 and Best Performance in a Supporting Role as Doris in a revival of the play in 2012. Flare Path [3 ] [4 ]
Smith was appointed
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to drama. [5 ] [6 ] [7 ]
Early life [ edit ]
Smith was born in
Epworth, Lincolnshire, the daughter of Colin and Marilyn Smith, who performed as a Country and Western duo called The Daltons. She studied dance at the Joyce Mason School of Dancing from an early age. She later attended South Axholme Community School, where she studied performing arts, and was a member of the [1 ] National Youth Music Theatre from 1995–2001, where she performed a number of lead roles in productions such as and Bugsy Malone . Her great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Doubleday, was a respected and well-known Into the Woods banjo player in Yorkshire and later played as a trio with his daughters, May and Harriet, in The Darrell Trio. [8 ]
Film and television [ edit ]
From 1999 to 2000, Smith played Emma in
. She played The Royle Family Janet in the long-running series from 2001 until her departure from the show in 2009. In 2004, she made a one-episode appearance in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps as Suzy, an airport cleaner who was so desperate to become cabin crew, she impersonated a flight attendant. She also featured in Mile High s 2005 episode "Sex Actually" as Angie. The Comic Strip'
Smith played Cleo Martin in
(2005) and starred as Michelle, a hypocritical nutritionist, in three series of the sitcom Love Soup (2006–2009). She has also appeared on Grownups as M.E. Westmocott, a role spoofing the various medical examiners on The Lenny Henry Show . In the 2009 CSI Two Pints of Lager Comic Relief special, which crossed over with Grownups, she played her characters from both series. [9 ]
Smith has also appeared in a number of other shows including the
BBC's , in which she played Sandy, and smaller parts in shows such as Eyes Down and The Bill . She featured as Rudi in the second and third series of the BBC Three sitcom Fat Friends . She guest starred in the Christmas 2008 episode of Gavin & Stacey . Since 2009, she has played Joey Ross in special seasonal episodes of Lark Rise to Candleford , namely " Jonathan Creek 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. She appeared in the 2011 film [10 ] , about the invention of the vibrator. Hysteria For the factual hospital series [11 ] , she took over narration duties from Bizarre ER Freema Agyeman. She appeared in the 2012 ITV film adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel . The Scapegoat [12 ]
In September 2012 Smith played the title role in
, a five-part series on Mrs Biggs ITV. In 2013, she appeared in the Channel 4 series . In January 2014, she starred in the two-part BBC drama Dates . In March 2014, she appeared in the ITV crime drama The 7.39 as the first wife of serial killer The Widower Malcolm Webster. Later that year, she featured in the series and played Who Do You Think You Are? Cilla Black in the three-part ITV drama series . Cilla
In 2015 she will star as cancer patient Lisa Lynch in the BBC drama
The C Word and policewoman Jo Gillespie in ITV drama Black Work. She also narrated the 2015 reality series , presented by Mission Survive Bear Grylls.
Smith's theatre credits include the musical
at London's Into the Woods Donmar Warehouse, and [13 ] Shakespeare's and The Taming of the Shrew at the A Midsummer Night's Dream Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park. She also played Audrey in the stage production of [14 ] at the Little Shop of Horrors 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. [15 ]
Smith appeared as Vanessa in
Tinderbox: a Revenge Comedy by Lucy Kirkwood at the Bush Theatre, Shepherd's Bush, in April 2008. Smith originated the role of [16 ] Elle Woods in the musical version of in its transfer from Broadway to London's Legally Blonde West End in December 2009. Ex- [17 ] Blue boyband member Duncan James played opposite Smith until June 2010, when he was replaced by Richard Fleeshman. Other cast members Sheridan has performed alongside include Aoife Mulholland as Brooke, Denise Van Outen as Paulette, Peter Davison as Professor Callahan and Alex Gaumond as Emmett Forrest. Her performance was well received, the [18 ] describing her as: "blessed with vitality, warmth, great comic timing and sudden moments of touching vulnerability. She is infinitely more likeable than Daily Telegraph Reese Witherspoon in the film." [19 ]
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. For her role in [20 ] Legally Blonde, Smith won the WhatsOnStage.com Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She was also nominated for the [21 ] Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress and was the winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. [22 ] [23 ]
Between March and June 2011, she appeared in
Trevor Nunn's production of at the Flare Path 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, the 2011 [2 ] Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress and the BroadwayWorld UK Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. [4 ] [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 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. [25 ] From September to November 2012, Smith played the title role in [26 ] at the Hedda Gabler Old Vic, winning the 2013 Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress in a Play. 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. [27 ] [28 ]
From September to November 2013, she starred alongside
David Walliams in a West End production of , as part of A Midsummer Night's Dream Michael Grandage's season of plays at the Noël Coward Theatre.
Smith played companion
Lucie Miller alongside Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor in a radio series of , produced by Doctor Who 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. Smith also appeared as Ruby Ruggles in the 2008 radio serial , and took over the role of Tamsin Trelawny in series 2 of The Way We Live Right Now on Elephants to Catch Eels BBC Radio 4.
Personal life [ edit ]
Smith was once in a relationship with
James Corden, which ended in June 2009. In an interview in March 2010, she revealed that she and Scottish actor [29 ] Ross McCall had begun dating after a 10-year friendship. However, in August the same year, she stated that they had separated due to the pressure of a long-distance relationship. [30 ] [31 ]
Filmography [ edit ]
Television [ edit ]
Awards and nominations [ edit ]
BAFTA TV Awards
BroadwayWorld UK Awards
Best Featured Actress in a Play
Flare Path Won
Evening Standard Awards
Laurence Olivier Awards
National Television Awards
Outstanding Drama Performance (Female)
Mrs Biggs Nominated
Best Drama Performance
Royal Television Society Awards
Mrs Biggs Nominated
Theatregoers' Choice Award
Best Actress in a Musical
Legally Blonde Won
Best Actress in a Play
Hedda Gabler Won
TV Choice Award
Mrs Biggs Nominated
Women in Film & Television Awards
Mrs Biggs Won
References [ edit ]
^ a b Jeffries, Stuart (19 March 2013). "From slappers to Hedda Gabler: the irresistible rise of Sheridan Smith". The Guardian.
^ a b Matilda the Musical wins seven gongs at the 2012 Olivier Awards – News. The Stage.
^ , The Society of London Theatre Oliver Awards Best Actress in a Musical , retrieved 2011-03-14
^ a b "Frankenstein stars win Evening Standard Theatre Awards". BBC News. 20 November 2011 . Retrieved . 2011-11-20
^ : The London Gazette . 31 December 2014. (Supplement) no. 61092. p. N15
^ 2015 New Year Honours List
^ "When Janet Met Michelle". BBC . Retrieved . 2010-04-03
^ ". This is Scunthorpe. 12 November 2010 'Chek' out Isle actress Sheridan Smith's latest TV Proposal" . Retrieved . 2011-12-26
^ "Sheridan Smith to film three-and-a-half-minute-long orgasm scene". Mirror Newspaper. 12 November 2010 . Retrieved . 2011-12-26
^ Guest, Alex (7 November 2011). "Matthew Rhys to star in ITV1 film of du Maurier's The Scapegoat". TV Pixie . Retrieved . 7 November 2011
^ Wolf, Matt (27 March 2008). "Q&A: Sheridan Smith". Broadway.com. Archived from the original on 1 February 2008 . Retrieved . 2008-04-06
^ "The British Theatre Guide: News for 7th May 2006". British Theatre Guide. 5 July 2008 . Retrieved . 2008-04-06
^ Wolf, Matt (7 February 2008). "Hairspray, Parade Lead Olivier Noms; War Horse Rides High Among Plays". Broadway.com. Archived from the original on 8 February 2008 . Retrieved . 2008-04-06
^ "The What's On / Productions: Tinderbox". Bush Theatre Website . Retrieved . 2008-04-06
^ "Sheridan Smith Nabs Legally Blonde's Elle???". Whatsonstage.com. 16 March 2009.
^ "Duncan James Gets Legal with Sheridan Smith???". Whatsonstage.com. 16 March 2009.
^ Davies, Serena (19 January 2010). "Sheridan Smith: a West End star is born – Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph (London) . Retrieved . 2010-01-30
^ Sheridan Smith Extends in West End broadwayworld.com, 26 August 2010 Legally Blonde to Jan '11
^ Full List: 2011 Whatsonstage.com Award Winners whatsonstage.com, 20 February 2011
^ Shortlist Announced for 2010 London Evening Standard Theatre Awards Playbill
^ . Legally Blonde, Into the Woods, Clybourne Park, After the Dance Among Olivier Award Winners in London Playbill.(13 March 2011).
^ 2011 BWW UK Award Winners Announced! ROCK OF AGES, GHOST, WIZARD and PHANTOM All Win!. Broadwayworld.com (5 December 2011).
^ Author Helen Fielding hails the musical new Bridget Jones, Sheridan Smith - Telegraph
^ . Bridget Jones musical plunged into confusion as Sheridan Smith pulls out of show Daily Mail.(6 April 2012).
^ Sam Marlowe (2013-09-12). "Sheridan Smith is a wild Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream". Metro.co.uk . Retrieved . 2014-01-16
^ Feast Creative. "Analysis: Sweeney, JCS & Bodyguard triumph at 2013 Whatsonstage.com Awards". Awards.whatsonstage.com . Retrieved . 2014-01-16
^ Armstrong, Stephen (27 December 2009). "Sheridan Smith drops the chav act for Legally Blonde – Times Online". The Times (London) . Retrieved . 2010-02-27
^ Woods, Judith (6 March 2010). ". 'I've found my inner girl': actress Sheridan Smith glams it up for her role in Legally Blonde" Daily Mail (London) . Retrieved . 2010-03-06
^ Auld, Tim (1 August 2010). "Next stop Bridget Jones". (London) The Daily Telegraph . Retrieved . 8 September 2011
^ "The Friday Night Club – Pilot", British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
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