Sheridan Smith will play Julie Bushby in the two-part BBC One drama The Moorside
The actress, who was left devastated after the loss of her father Colin to cancer last year, says that sinking her teeth into her harrowing new role has helped her put things into perspective.
Sheridan, who played nation’s favourite Cilla Black in a TV docudrama to critical acclaim, takes on another real-life character – Julie Bushby the potty-mouthed pillar of the community who helped convict best pal Karen Matthews for kidnapping her own daughter, Shannon from an estate in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, in 2008.
“There was a really emotional scene I had to play where my character talks about losing her baby boy to cot death,” Sheridan tells Radio Times. “She stayed up all night with me discussing what had happened and how she had coped, just to help me play the scene.
At the time I was so worried about my dad, but I learnt a lot from her that night about staying strong for those you love and for that I’ll always be grateful.”
The 35-year-old, who had many absences from her starring role in the West End production Funny Girl to grieve for her father. Just months beforehand, she ranted about her embattled love life on social media leading to a public backlash, which she also has in common with Julie.
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Sheridan Smith looked sensational last night as she made her first public appearance following her father’s death last year
“Julie was terribly betrayed by Karen and she received a lot of ridicule and abuse for apparently being taken in by her,” adds Sheridan. “But she is a kind and courageous woman with a massive heart who just refused to believe the absolute worst.” The two-part BBC One drama The Moorside airs on February 7.
DERMOT O’LEARY and EMMA WILLIS have been announced as the hosts of the upcoming Brit Awards.
The pair will replace crooner MICHAEL BUBLE – who pulled out after his three-yearold son NOAH was diagnosed with liver cancer – to take on the big role at the UK’s biggest night in music. X Factor host Dermot, 43, said: “Firstly, my immediate thoughts and prayers are with Michael and his family at such a difficult time, but it’s an honour to be asked to step in with Emma to host the BRITs.
Dermot O'Leary will host the Brit Awards in February alongside Emma Willis
The Voice and Big Brother presenter Emma, 40, added: “I had an awesome time presenting the nominations show this year and I am delighted to be asked back for the main event… Bring on the BRITs 2017.” Confi rmed performers at London’s O2 on February 22 include EMELI SANDÉ ROBBIE WILLIAMS and LITTLE MIX with more names to be announced soon.
MISCHA BARTON insists that her recent hospitalisation was due to her drink being spiked.
Last week Day & Night reported that the actress, who was one of TV’s most popular young actresses between 2003 and 2007 for her starring role in hit series The OC, had been take to hospital for a voluntary psychiatric evaluation after police responded to a disturbance at her home.
Mischa was pictured on her balcony, half naked and distressed screaming: “Oh my God, it’s over! I feel it, and it’s angry!” which prompted neighbours to call emergency services.
The 31-year-old now states: “On the evening of January 25, I went out with a group of friends to celebrate my birthday [which was the day before]. While having drinks, I realised that something was not right as my behaviour was becoming erratic and continued to intensify over the next several hours.”
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Mischa Barton claimed her recent hospitalisation was due to her drink being spiked on a night out
“I voluntarily went to get professional help, and I was informed by their staff that I had been given GHB (a date rape drug). After an overnight stay, I am home and doing well. “This is a lesson to all young women out there, be aware of your surroundings.” Mischa was previously placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold back in 2009.
She later told People magazine: “It was a full-on breakdown. It was terrifying. I was never suicidal, I was just overworked and depressed.”
DENZEL WASHINGTON is an award-winning Hollywood star thanks to his barber!
Denzel Washington bagged himself the award for Best Actor at The Screen Guild Actors Awards
The 62-year-old actor, who has won Oscars for Best Actor (Training Day) and Best Supporting Actor (Glory) says he never makes a movie without first running the script past the man who cuts his hair.
“I always give my barber the script,” says Denzel, whose mystery barber gave the thumbs up to his acclaimed role in new movie Hidden Figures. “I’ll go, ‘What do you think?’ And he’s like, ‘Aw, that’s good,’ Or, ‘You’ve never done that, D’.”
Well, it seems barber knows best, indeed, as Denzel bagged the Best Actor gong for Hidden Figures – a drama about African-American mathematicians who aided Nasa’s 1960s space race – at The Screen Actors Guild Awards in Hollywood on Sunday night.