ITV’s No Return: Sheridan Smith’s ‘collapse’ after dad’s death and two decades of acting career
Sheridan Smith has a stellar acting career, spanning over two decades – but it hasn’t come without some trails and tribulations.
The 40-year-old actress and singer is probably best known for her roles in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Chips as Janet, which was set at Runcorn and as Smithy’s sister Ruth ( Rudi) Smith in Gavin & Stacey.
Last year Sheridan released a Christmas single with Take That’s Gary Barlow and in the first week of 2022 starred in the BBC drama Four Lives, WalesOnline reports.
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The TV star also appeared on Channel 5’s The Teacher.
Sheridan from Epworth in Lincolnshire now stars as a mother fighting for her son’s freedom in the ITV drama No Return and is also taking on a new challenge as a judge on the TV show Starstruck.
Here are all the details about Sheridan Smith’s career and his latest upcoming TV roles.
Stage and screen career
Sheridan first appeared on our screens in 1999 in a small role as Emma, Anthony’s girlfriend on the sitcom The Royle Family.
In 2001 she went on to play the role of Janet in the British sitcom Two Pints of Larger and a Packet of Chips and later in 2008 played Smithy’s sister Rudi in Gavin & Stacey being part of some scenes iconic, like when the pair raps to Estelle’s American Boy with Kanye West.
She later landed lead roles, starring in the ITV drama Mrs Briggs in 2012 and in 2014 she took on the role of Liverpool legend Cilla Black in a drama written by Jeff Pope about the rise in power of Cilla in the early 60s.
In 2015, Sheridan was cast in The C-Word based on Lisa Lynch’s irreverent blog post about life and cancer.
She’s also had lead roles in the West End, from Legally Blondes Elle Woods to 2015’s Funny Girl’s Fanny Brice.
In 2021, Sheridan presented a new dog show on BBC One called Pooch Perfect which saw dog groomers compete to be crowned Britain’s best, but the show was reportedly axed after just one series.
Sheridan starred in the BBC Four Lives factual drama in early 2022, which told the stories of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor, who were murdered by Stephen Port.
Sheridan Smith was born in 1981 and in May 2020 welcomed a baby boy with ex-financier Jamie Horn whom she named Billy. She regularly shares snaps of the one-year-old on her social media.
The singer is currently not known to be dating anyone. A report from The Mirror said the singer has split from her latest boyfriend Alex Lawler.
Sheridan previously dated co-star James Corden in 2007 – who played her on-screen brother Neil (Smithy) Smith in Gavin & Stacey – and the couple reportedly had an on-and-off relationship and broke up in 2008. It was more later reported that James had started dating singer Lilly Allen.
James and Sheridan got back together soon after but eventually broke up a year later in 2009.
In December 2016, Sheridan sadly lost her father, Colin Smith, after being diagnosed with cancer. In 2018, the star returned to her hometown for a one-off ITV documentary called Coming Home when she opened up about losing her father.
In an interview with the Express, she says: “I kind of lost my mind after he died. I’ve come out the other side now and I need to bring it all out through my music.
“In public, it looks like I moaned about everything with my dying dad, but I didn’t. I just had a huge meltdown.”
She also lost her brother Julian, 18, to cancer when she was young, which she spoke about in her ITV documentary Becoming Mum in 2020.
Most recently, in November 2021, it was reported that Sheridan had been involved in a horror car accident and was ‘lucky to be alive’ following the incident near her home in Essex .
The accident happened just days after she appeared on ITV’s Jonathan Ross Show alongside Gary Barlow, to promote their new Christmas single, Jeremy Clarkson, Stephen Merchant, Sting and Riz Ahmed.
Did Sheridan Smith win a Grammy?
Although the singer didn’t win a Grammy, she has won numerous awards for her work on stage and screen.
In 2011 she won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and in 2013 a British Academy Television Award for Best Actress for her role as Ronald Biggs’ wife. , Mrs Biggs, in the ITV mini-movie. series of the same name.
In 2015, the star won a National Television Award for Best Dramatic Performance for her portrayal of Cilla Black on ITV’s Cilla.
Overnight, presenter Dermot O’Leary had to announce that the star was unable to collect her award as she was stuck in traffic.
The Mirror reported that when she finally reached the venue, she said backstage: “Thanks to my team at Cilla. I thought I had no chance. Thanks to everyone who voted. I’m going go before you cry or swear.
“Something happened. There’s traffic everywhere. I was in the taxi for three hours. They said my name and I was in the taxi in traffic and I started crying. My mother is apparently livid. I didn’t think for a second. [I’d win] I was so slammed.”
Did Sheridan Smith receive an OBE?
In 2015, Sheridan was named to the New Year’s Honors List for her services to the theater. She received her award from the Duke of Cambridge in May 2015.
What shows is Sheridan Smith currently on?
Sheridan Smith is one of four new Starstruck judges on the new ITV Saturday night talent show, which kicks off on February 12 from 8.30pm.
She will be joined on the judging panel by Queen singer Adam Lambert, comedian Jason Manford and recording artist Beverley Knight.
Sheridan is also on ITV’s No Return, where she plays a mother who fights to prove her son’s innocence after he is arrested during their family vacation.
ITV’s four-part series kicked off Monday February 7 from 9pm and airs weekly. All episodes will be available on ITV Hub and BritBox after the first episode airs.
On Channel 5, Sheridan recently starred as Jenna Garvey in the psychological thriller The Teacher, the four-part series is now available to stream on My5.
BBC’s Four Lives is also still available on iPlayer. Sheridan plays Sarah Sak, mother of Anthony Walgate as the series tells the true story of four young men who were murdered by Stephen Port and how their families fought for truth and justice.