Sheridan Smith

Sheridan Smith

Infobox actor

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Sheridan Smith (born 25 June 1981 in Epworth, Lincolnshire) is an English actress. From a young age she studied dance with the Joyce Mason School of Dancing in Scunthorpe, and was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre from 1995-2001, performing a number of lead roles in productions such as "Bugsy Malone" and "Into the Woods".

She is known for playing Janet Keogh (née Smith) in the BBC sitcom "Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps", in which Janet is the girlfriend then wife, and finally widow of Jonny Keogh, played by Ralf Little. Little and Smith had also previously played boyfriend and girlfriend in "The Royle Family".


In 2004, she made a one-episode appearance in "Mile High" as Suzy, an airport cleaner who was so desperate to become cabin crew, she impersonated a flight attendant.

Smith played Cleo Martin in "Love Soup" and also appeared as Michelle, a hypocritical nutritionist, in the sitcom "Grownups", which was the first time she has played the lead character in a TV series. The first series aired on BBC Three on 7 May 2006, followed by a second series that started on 5 August 2007 and the third series is to begin filming in October 2008. She has also appeared on "The Lenny Henry Show" as M.E. Westmocott, a role spoofing the various medical examiners on "".Smith has also starred in a number of other shows including the BBC's "Eyes Down" alongside Paul O'Grady in which she played the part of Sandy, and smaller parts in shows such as "The Bill" and "Fat Friends". She featured in the second series of another BBC Three sitcom, "Gavin & Stacey", co-written by James Corden, as his character Smithy's sister (also known as Smithy).

She shot a pilot playing Samantha Stephens in a BBC remake of the classic US sitcom "Bewitched"; the series has been commissioned and will be filming at Teddington Studios from January 2009.

She will be seen on screens at Christmas 2008 in a new special episode of "Jonathan Creek" alongside Alan Davies. [cite web | publisher = BBC Press Office | date = 2008-04-06 | url = | title = Jonathan Creek returns to BBC One | accessdate = 2008-04-06 ]


Smith played companion Lucie Miller alongside Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor in a radio series of "Doctor Who", produced by Big Finish and transmitted on BBC 7 from New Year's Eve 2006; the plays returned in a second series released on CD from January 2008 and scheduled for BBC7 broadcast later in the year. She also appeared as Ruby Ruggles in the 2008 radio serial "The Way We Live Right Now".


Smith's theatre credits include the musical "Into The Woods" at London's Donmar Warehouse, [cite web | publisher = | date = 2008-27-03 | first = Matt | last = Wolf | url = | title = Q&A: Sheridan Smith | accessdate = 2008-04-06 ] and Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park. [cite web | publisher = British Theatre Guide | date = 2008-07-05 | url = | title = The British Theatre Guide: News for 7th May 2006 | accessdate = 2008-04-06 ]

She also played Audrey in the stage production of "Little Shop of Horrors" at The Menier Chocolate Factory, London, from November 2006 which then moved to The Duke Of York's Theatre in March 2007, and due to a very successful run moved again at the end of June 2007 to The New Ambassadors Theatre, its run ended in September 2007. However, the production will tour the UK in 2008.

In February 2008, Smith received a nomination for the 2008 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical, for her performance in the new West End production of Little Shop of Horrors. [cite web | publisher = | date = 2008-02-07 | first = Matt | last = Wolf | url = | title = Hairspray, Parade Lead Olivier Noms; War Horse Rides High Among Plays | accessdate = 2008-04-06 ]

Smith will be appearing as Vanessa in "Tinderbox: a Revenge Comedy" by Lucy Kirkwood at the Bush Theatre, Shepherd's Bush, London from April 2008. [cite web | publisher = Bush Theatre Website | url = | title = The What's On / Productions: Tinderbox | accessdate = 2008-04-06 ]


*"Dark Ages" (1999) as Matilda
*"The Royle Family" (1999-2000) as Emma
*"Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps" (2001-Present) as Janet
*"Eyes Down" (2003) as Sandy
*"Mile High" (2004) as Suzie
*"The Lenny Henry Show" as M.E. Westmocott
*"Love Soup" (2005-2008) as Cleo
*"Grownups" (2006-Present) as Michelle
*"Gavin and Stacey" as Ruth "Rudi" Smith

External links

* [ Unofficial fan site]
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NAME=Smith, Sheridan
DATE OF BIRTH=1981-06-25
PLACE OF BIRTH=Epworth, England

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