Star shining bright for Sheridan Smith

John Bishop and Sheridan Smith lead an all-star cast in Panto!, a festive comedy drama for ITV1.
John Bishop and Sheridan Smith lead an all-star cast in Panto!, a festive comedy drama for ITV1.

AWARD-WINNING actress Sheridan Smith is finishing off her whirlwind year in style with several small screen appearances over the festive season.

Epworth’s golden girl has barely taken a break as directors of television, cinema and West End productions have fallen over themselves to get her name on their casting list.

The 31-year-old former South Axholme School pupil is starring in three TV shows over Christmas alongside some of the biggest names in showbusiness.

Despite her action-packed schedule, Sheridan will be heading back to the Isle on Christmas Eve to spend time with parents Marilyn and Colin and brother Damian, who sings in Doncaster band The Torn.

Marilyn, of Station Road, explained how despite a relentless timetable her daughter still loves returning to her roots.

She said: “We don’t often get a chance to be together as a family but it’s special when we do. Sheridan’s been incredibly busy this year and she’s filming again.

“She has many friends and relatives who often ask how she’s getting on.”

To kick-off her festive appearances, Sheridan will be a guest on a festive special of The Jonathan Ross Show on ITV1 at 9pm on Saturday, along with comedian Michael McIntyre and actress Sienna Miller.

The day before filming the interview, she took to social networking site Twitter to tell her 315,000 followers: “Don’t think I’ve ever been this nervous. Watched it for years, never dreamt i’d be on it. I’m scared.”

The former Two Pints Of Lager and a Packet of Crisps actress will also star alongside Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville in an adaptation of David Walliams’ best-selling kids novel Mr Stink, which screens on Sunday at 6.30pm on BBC1.

At 9pm on ITV1 on December 27, Sheridan plays dippy leading lady Tamsin in seasonal comedy Panto! alongside John Bishop.

Performances over 2012 which have met with major critical acclaim have included the title role in ITV1 drama Mrs Biggs about the wife of the infamous great train robber Ronnie Biggs.

She also won a prestigious Olivier Award for portraying newlywed Doris in World War One drama Flare Path, having won the same award in 2011 for her role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde.

Her performance in Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler in London’s West End has earned her a nomination in the What’s On Stage awards, which is voted for by theatre goers.

There is still a chance to support Sheridan, who faces competition from actresses including Julie Walters, by voting at

Sheridan is filming for The Powder Room, in which she plays a young woman whose life is turned upside down on a big night out.

Next year she is due to appear in a new episode of Jonathan Creek and play Titania in Midsummer Nights’ Dream in the West End.