Monday, 11 January 2016

Sheridan Smith to star in BBC docudrama about Shannon Matthews

Don't rain on her parade! Sheridan Smith has landed yet another high profile, juicy role.

According to Huffington Post, Smith will star in an upcoming BBC docudrama about nine-year-old Shannon Matthews who was thought to have been abducted in 2008.

Smith will film the show during a break from Funny Girl between its runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Savoy Theatre.

The actress will play Julie Bushby (who organised searches for members of the local community who wanted to help Shannon) in the docudrama.

Ahead of filming the show, which has the working title The Moorside Project, Smith said: "The story is a fascinating mixture of what I thought I knew and a whole lot more that I had no idea about. The themes of faith and trust in human nature, and the way the whole community came together really inspired me".

The cast also includes Siobhan Finneran (Downton Abbey) as family liaison officer Christine Freeman and Gemma Whelan (Game Of Thrones) as Shannon’s mother Karen.

On screen, Smith has received tremendous acclaim for her performances in The C Word, Cilla, The 7.39, Mrs Biggs and Black Work. Her screen credits also include: Jonathan Creek, The Harry Hill Movie, Mr. Stink, Gavin & Stacey, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Benidorm, The Royle Family, The Huntsman, Powder Room, Quartet, Tower Block and Hysteria.

Smith's portrayal of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl was recently named West End Frame's top performance on 2015. Funny Girl marks Smith's first musical since she starred as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical at the Savoy Theatre. For her performance, Smith won her first Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

Smith previously starred in The Little Shop of Horrors at the Menier. She won her second Olivier Award for Trevor Nunn's production of Flare Path (Theatre Royal Haymarket). Smith's theatre credits also include: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Noel Coward/Regent's Park), Hedda Gabler (Old Vic), Tinderbox (Bush), The People Are Friendly (Royal Court), Ancient Lights(Hampstead) and Into The Woods (Donmar).

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