Doncaster actress Sheridan Smith wins best actress BAFTA

Sheridan Smith celebrates her best actress BAFTA award. Photo: Ian West/PA.
Sheridan Smith celebrates her best actress BAFTA award. Photo: Ian West/PA.

The proud dad of Doncaster showbiz sensation Sheridan Smith has promised to build his daughter a bigger trophy shelf - after she scooped the best actress gong at the BAFTAs.

The 31-year-old from Epworth picked up the latest in a long line of honours at Sunday’s glittering bash, collecting the award for her role in ITV drama Mrs Biggs.

And delighted father Colin has pledged to create more space for his daughter’s growing collection of prizes at her London home.

“I put up a shelf last year for her to put her awards on, but it looks like I’ll have to go down there and put another one up!” he laughed.

“It is absolutely wonderful that she has won. She was really convinced that she wasn’t going to get anything. She was so excited when she called me up to tell me.”

While Colin stayed at home to watch the ceremony from London’s Royal Festival Hall on television, the star’s mum Marilyn was there to watch her daughter pip hot favourite Sienna Miller to the prestigious honour.

Sheridan, who began her acting career in a string of amateur productions in Doncaster, had raced to the ceremony from a filming shoot - and had to change into her party dress on the train.

And she was so unprepared for her success that she burst into tears - and also let slip a volley of swearwords as she took to the podium.

She later had to take to Twitter to apologise for her bad language during the tearful speech, not believing she had won the famed gold mask statuette for her role as the wife of the infamous Great Train Robber.

As she took to the stage, she said: “Is this a wind-up?”

Her disbelief continued through her sobs, with the actress muttering to herself, ‘Don’t cry’, before accidentally turning the air blue.

Her dad said: “I think she said ‘flipping heck’ - or something like that!

“She was absolutely overwhelmed and hadn’t prepared a speech and I’ve never seen her break down in tears before. I am so proud of her.”

The actress was also nominated for Mrs Biggs in both this year’s National Television Awards and the Royal Television Society Awards, and picked up the best actress in a play award at the Theatregoers Choice Award for her role in Hebba Gabler. She has also won for Legally Blonde and Flare Path in recent years.