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Sheridan Smith’s grisly new TV drama airs tonight

The Widower starring Reece Shearsmith as Malcom Webster and Sheridan Smith as Claire Webster.

The Widower starring Reece Shearsmith as Malcom Webster and Sheridan Smith as Claire Webster.

Doncaster screen sensation Sheridan Smith is to play a murder victim in her latest TV role tonight.

The Isle of Axholme born and bred actress will appear opposite Psychoville star Reece Shearsmith who will portray convicted real life murderer Malcolm Webster in The Widower, to be screened at 9pm on ITV.

The drama follows Webster over a 13-year period during which he murdered his first wife and attempted to kill his second wife before fleeing.

His wife Claire, who he poisoned then killed in a staged car crash, will be played by Smith who recently starred in BBC drama The 7.39 as well as a wacky role in The Harry Hill Movie.

It is not the first time the starlet has played the wife of a criminal - she was cast as the wife of late Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs in ITV drama Mrs Biggs a few years ago.

The drama will see the actress reunite with Mrs Biggs and Lucan screenwriter Jeff Pope who has penned the new production.

Malcolm Webster, 54, originally from Surrey, was jailed for a minimum of 30 years in 2011 for murdering Claire and was also convicted of staging a similar attempt to murder his second wife, Felicity Drumm.

 

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