Sheridan Smith

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Sheridan Smith
Born (1981-06-25) 25 June 1981 (age 33)[1]
Epworth, Lincolnshire, England
Nationality British
Education South Axholme School
Occupation Actress, singer, dancer
Years active Since 1998
Parents Colin Smith, Marilyn Smith
Awards Click to show
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Sheridan Smith (born 25 June 1981) is an English actress. Her first television appearance came in 1999 when she played Matilda in ITV's Dark Ages. She is known for her roles in the comedy series Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (2001–2009), Gavin & Stacey (2008–10), and Benidorm (2009). Smith won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress, for playing the title role in the 2012 five-part series Mrs Biggs, as Charmian Biggs, wife of Ronnie Biggs.

She is also a critically acclaimed West End theatre actress, having won two Laurence Olivier Awards in consecutive years:[2] in 2011, she won the award for Best Actress in a Musical for playing Elle Woods in Legally Blonde; and in 2012, that for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for her performance as Doris in the revival of Flare Path.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Smith was born in Epworth, Lincolnshire to 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, Scunthorpe from an early age.[1] She later attended South Axholme Community School, where she studied Performing Arts, and was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre from 1995–2001, performing a number of lead roles in productions such as Bugsy Malone and Into the Woods.


Television and film[edit]

From 1999 to 2000, Smith played Emma, the girlfriend of Antony (Ralf Little) in The Royle Family, but did not appear in later episodes. She played Janet in the long-running series Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, successively girlfriend, wife and widow of Jonny (also portrayed by Ralf Little) from 2001 until her departure from the show in 2009.

In 2004, she made a one-episode appearance in Mile High as Suzy, an airport cleaner who was so desperate to become cabin crew, she impersonated a flight attendant. 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 (2006–9). 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, Smith played her characters from both series.[5]

Smith has also appeared in a number of other shows including the BBC's Eyes Down alongside Paul O'Grady in which she played the part of Sandy, and smaller parts in shows such as The Bill and Fat Friends. She featured in the second and third series of another BBC Three sitcom, Gavin & Stacey, co-written by James Corden, as his character Smithy's sister Rudi. Smith guest starred in the Christmas 2008 episode of Lark Rise to Candleford. Since 2009, she has played the role of 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 was a regular in the third series of Benidorm playing Brandy.

During 2010, Smith acted as a mentor to the contestants of the BBC show Over the Rainbow. She appeared as a guest on the BBC show The One Show on 3 August 2010. Sky Arts' Chekhov Comedy Shorts also featured Smith in 2010 when she starred in The Proposal, as Natasha (reuniting her with Gavin & Stacey actor Mathew Horne).[6] The programme was first shown on 28 November 2010.

Smith appeared in the 2011 film Hysteria, about the invention of the vibrator, in which Rupert Everett uses a vibrator on Smith in a lengthy orgasm scene.[7] For the factual hospital series Bizarre ER, Smith took over narration duties from Freema Agyeman. She appeared in the 2012 ITV1 film adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel The Scapegoat.[8]

In September 2012 Smith played the title role in Mrs Biggs, a five-part series on ITV1, as Charmian Biggs, the wife of Ronnie Biggs.

In 2013 she appeared in the Channel 4 series Dates. In January 2014 she starred with David Morrissey and Olivia Colman in 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.

In 2014, Smith will play Cilla Black in three-part ITV drama series Cilla. Filming began in March 2014. In June 2014 she began filming as cancer patient Lisa Lynch in upcoming BBC drama, The C Word.


Smith's theatre credits include the musical Into the Woods at London's Donmar Warehouse,[9] and Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park.[10] 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.[11]

Smith appeared as Vanessa in Tinderbox: a Revenge Comedy by Lucy Kirkwood at the Bush Theatre, Shepherd's Bush, in April 2008.[12] 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.[13] Ex-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.[14] 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."[15]

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.[16] For her role in Legally Blonde, Smith won the Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical.[17] 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.[18][19]

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,[2] the 2011 Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress[4] and the BroadwayWorld UK Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play.[20]

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.[21] 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.[22] 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.[23] 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.[24]

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 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. 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.

Personal life[edit]

Smith was in a relationship with James Corden, which ended in June 2009.[25] In an interview in March 2010, Smith revealed that she and Scottish actor Ross McCall had begun dating after a 10-year friendship.[26] However, in August the same year she stated that they had split up due to the pressure of a long distance relationship.[27]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Wives and Daughters Housemaid Episode: #1.1
1999 Dark Ages Matilda 5 episodes
1999–2000 The Royle Family Emma Kavanagh 3 episodes
2000 Heartbeat Lyn Episode: "A Shot in the Dark"
2000 Where the Heart Is Vicky Episode: "Modern Love"
2000–2004 Doctors Claire/Jackie Leavis 2 episodes
2001 Holby City Miranda Locke 6 episodes
2001 Always and Everyone Nurse practitioner Episode: #3.12
2001–2009 Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Janet Keogh née Smith 73 episodes
2002 Fat Friends Sharon Wormersley 2 episodes
2003 The Royal Francesca Smith Episode: "Immediate Care"
2003–2004 Eyes Down Sandy Beech 15 episodes
2004 Mile High Susie Episode: #2.10
2005 The Bill Janey Giles Episode: "315"
2005 The Lenny Henry Show Various characters 8 episodes
2005 The Comic Strip Angie Episode: "Sex Actually"
2005–2008 Love Soup Cleo Martin 15 episodes
2006–2009 Grownups Michelle Booth 22 episodes
2008–2010 Gavin & Stacey Ruth "Rudi" Smith 7 episodes
2008 Lark Rise to Candleford Cinderella Doe Episode: #2.1
2009 Benidorm Brandy 4 episodes
2009 The Friday Night Club Miranda Pilot for unproduced sitcom[28]
2009–2013 Jonathan Creek Joey Ross 3 episodes
2010 Chekhov Comedy Shorts Natasha Episode: "The Proposal"
2011 Bizarre ER Narrator Unknown episodes
2011 Little Crackers Marilyn Smith Episode: "Sheridan Smith's Little Cracker: The Daltons"
2012 Accused Charlotte Episode: "Stephen's Story"
2012 Mrs Biggs Charmian Biggs 5 episodes
2012 Mr Stink Mrs. Crumb TV film
2012 The Scapegoat Nina TV film
2012 Panto! Tamsin One off special
2013 Dates Jenny
2014 The 7.39 Sally Thorn 2 episodes
2014 The Widower Claire Webster itv mini series
2014 Cilla Cilla Black 3 episodes


Year Title Role
2000 Anchor Me Young Jackie
2000 Peaches Tracey
2001 Hawk Jez
2002 Blood Strangers Jas Dyson / Claire
2008 Defunct Cherry La Chav
2011 Hysteria Molly the Lolly
2011 How to Stop Being a Loser Lisa
2012 The Scapegoat Nina
2012 Tower Block Becky
2012 Quartet Dr Lucy Cogan
2013 Powder Room Sam
2013 The Harry Hill Movie Michelle

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2009 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actress in a Musical Little Shop of Horrors Nominated
2010 Evening Standard Award Best Actress Legally Blonde Nominated
2011 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actress in a Musical Won
Theatregoers' Choice Award Best Actress in a Musical Won
Evening Standard Award Best Actress Flare Path Won
BroadwayWorld UK Award Best Featured Actress in a Play Won
2012 Laurence Olivier Award Best Performance in a Supporting Role Won
2013 Theatregoers' Choice Award Best Actress in a Play Hedda Gabler Won
National Television Award Outstanding Drama Performance (Female) Mrs Biggs Nominated
Royal Television Society Award Best Actress Nominated
British Academy Television Award Best Actress Won
TV Choice Award Best Actress Nominated
Women in Film & Television Award Best Performance Won
2014 AACTA Award Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama Nominated


  1. ^ a b Jeffries, Stuart (19 March 2013). "From slappers to Hedda Gabler: the irresistible rise of Sheridan Smith". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ a b Matilda the Musical wins seven gongs at the 2012 Olivier Awards – News. The Stage.
  3. ^ Oliver Awards Best Actress in a Musical, The Society of London Theatre, retrieved 2011-03-14 
  4. ^ a b "Frankenstein stars win Evening Standard Theatre Awards". BBC News. 20 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  5. ^ "When Janet Met Michelle". BBC. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  6. ^ "'Chek' out Isle actress Sheridan Smith's latest TV Proposal". This is Scunthorpe. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-26. 
  7. ^ "Sheridan Smith to film three-and-a-half-minute-long orgasm scene". Mirror Newspaper. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-26. 
  8. ^ Guest, Alex (7 November 2011). "Matthew Rhys to star in ITV1 film of du Maurier's The Scapegoat". TV Pixie. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Wolf, Matt (27 March 2008). "Q&A: Sheridan Smith". Archived from the original on 1 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  10. ^ "The British Theatre Guide: News for 7th May 2006". British Theatre Guide. 5 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  11. ^ Wolf, Matt (7 February 2008). "Hairspray, Parade Lead Olivier Noms; War Horse Rides High Among Plays". Archived from the original on 8 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  12. ^ "The What's On / Productions: Tinderbox". Bush Theatre Website. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  13. ^ "Sheridan Smith Nabs Legally Blonde's Elle???". 16 March 2009. 
  14. ^ "Duncan James Gets Legal with Sheridan Smith???". 16 March 2009. 
  15. ^ Davies, Serena (19 January 2010). "Sheridan Smith: a West End star is born – Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  16. ^ Sheridan Smith Extends in West End Legally Blonde to Jan '11, 26 August 2010
  17. ^ Full List: 2011 Award Winners, 20 February 2011
  18. ^ Shortlist Announced for 2010 London Evening Standard Theatre Awards Playbill
  19. ^ Legally Blonde, Into the Woods, Clybourne Park, After the Dance Among Olivier Award Winners in London. Playbill.(13 March 2011).
  20. ^ 2011 BWW UK Award Winners Announced! ROCK OF AGES, GHOST, WIZARD and PHANTOM All Win!. (5 December 2011).
  21. ^ Author Helen Fielding hails the musical new Bridget Jones, Sheridan Smith - Telegraph
  22. ^ Bridget Jones musical plunged into confusion as Sheridan Smith pulls out of show. Daily Mail.(6 April 2012).
  23. ^ Sam Marlowe (2013-09-12). "Sheridan Smith is a wild Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream". Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  24. ^ Feast Creative. "Analysis: Sweeney, JCS & Bodyguard triumph at 2013 Awards". Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  25. ^ Armstrong, Stephen (27 December 2009). "Sheridan Smith drops the chav act for Legally Blonde – Times Online". The Times (London). Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  26. ^ 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. 
  27. ^ Auld, Tim (1 August 2010). "Next stop Bridget Jones". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  28. ^ "The Friday Night Club – Pilot", British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2012-11-18.

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