Hailed as “The Greatest Theatre Star of her Generation” by The Evening Standard and with over a decade’s worth of experience in the television, film and theatre industry, Sheridan Smith has earned her title as Britain’s most captivating young actress. The multi–award winning Lincolnshire¬born beauty made her TV debut in 1999, where she played the eccentric character ‘Matilda’ in ITV’s comedy series Dark Ages. Shortly after this she played ‘Emma’ in the British sitcom The Royle Family. After a successful year in the sitcom, she moved on to star as ‘Janet Smith’ on 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 made 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.
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.
Sheridan made her stage debut at the Donmar Warehouse as Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods with Damien Lewis and Sophie Thompson. She has also appeared at the Royal Court in The People are Friendly and the Hampstead Theatre in Ancient Lights and it was soon after this that Sheridan earned her first Olivier Award Nomination for her performance in Little Shop of Horrors at the Menier Chocolate Factory and in the West End. 2009 saw her earn her first Olivier Award and WhatsOnStage Award for her role of ‘Elle Woods’ in the West End production of Legally Blonde the Musical. Following this, she won the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance and the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her role of ‘Doris’ in Flare Path, a Theatre Royal production directed by Trevor Nunn.
2012 saw Sheridan take on the title role in Ibsen’s classic Hedda Gabler at the Old Vic, winning the WhatsOnStage Best Actress Award for her performance as the chilling and manipulative anti‐heroine. A highly celebrated run at The Savoy starring in Funny Girl followed, playing ‘Fanny Brice;’ a role last played by Barbara Streisand. After a sell-out 2018 tour and a production that received 4 and 5 star reviews, clearly was no stopping Miss Smith.
Her latest TV project was the ITV Primetime Drama Cleaning Up aired in early 2019.
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 last year and was certified GOLD. Her follow up album ‘A Northern Soul’ was released in Autumn 2018 and garnered exceptional reviews.
Sheridan is currently filming ‘The Barking Murders’ alongside Stephen Merchant and Jaime Winstone after which she will spend the summer of 2019 playing The Narrator in the revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the world famous London Palladium.