With multiple awards and accolades across a career spanning two decades include a BAFTA and two Olivier awards, and top-ten bestselling recording, Sheridan Smith has earned her title as Britain's most captivating actress and performer.
Hailed as "The Greatest Theatre Star of her Generation" by The Evening Standard, she may be sprinkled with stardust, but it's courage, grit and graft that underpins Sheridan’s life story.
Sheridan made her TV debut in 1999, where she played the eccentric character Matilda in ITV's comedy series Dark Ages. Shortly after this she was cast as Emma in the British sitcom The Royle Family.
After a successful year in the series, she moved on to star as Janet Smith in the long running cult series Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps until her departure from the show in 2009. During her eight years on the sitcom she became a renowned household name.
Sheridan has gone on to make her mark on the entertainment industry as one of Britain's most versatile actors from such memorable roles such as Mrs Biggs (the wife of the notorious convict Ronnie Biggs) and The C Word, a captivatingly dark drama in which she played her late friend Lisa Lynch. One of her crowning moments was being named Best Actress at the 2013 BAFTA TV Awards and being nominated for an International EMMY for her portrayal of Charmaine Biggs.
Supplementary to this, she won the National TV Award for her highly acclaimed portrayal of British icon Cilla Black in ITV's 3-part drama Cilla and was nominated for her second BAFTA and International EMMY. Other recent work includes Moorside, a TV drama based on the true story of Shannon Matthews. Recent television projects have included Care for the BBC and the ITV Primetime Drama Cleaning Up aired in early 2019.
Her numerous television credits include Gavin and Stacey, Love Soup, Grownups, ITV1's Benidorm, BBC 1's Jonathan Creek, The Scapegoat, Dates, The 7:39, Inside Number 9 and ITV's Black Work.
Prominence on the big screen came in 2012 opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jonathan Pryce as Molly the Lolly in Hysteria and Tower Block with Jack O'Connell; Dustin Hoffman's Quartet and Universal's The Huntsman and Winter's War, joining an all-‐star ensemble cast including Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron, released in 2016.
Late 2017 saw Sheridan sign a recording deal with East West Records. Her debut album as a recording artist was released via the Warner Music label in 2017 and was certified GOLD. A sold out UK tour followed in early 2018, with included a night at the famous Royal Albert Hall. Her follow up album, A Northern Soul, was released in Autumn 2018 and garnered exceptional reviews.
However, while audiences cheered, critics raved, ratings soared and theatres sold out, for Sheridan, however, all this success and attention brought feelings of impostor syndrome, struggles with her mental health and panic attacks.
As she fought to cope, every vulnerability was scrutinised under the glare of the public eye, adding impossible pressure to an already difficult time for her and her family.
In her first memoir, Honestly, Sheridan writes very personally and with powerful immediacy about how she faced her demons down, sought help and fought hard for her recovery. Happily settled with her partner and their son Billy, she is ready to share her journey: from growing up in Lincolnshire and those early talent competitions, her rise to fame on screen and stage, and her life off it.
Packed with showbiz adventure, funny and warm, but dark times and heartbreak too. This is the real Sheridan Smith, the incredible woman behind that prodigious talent.