Big star’s surprise appearance at Doncaster gig

Sheridan Smith and her brother at the Olivier Awards in London.
Sheridan Smith and her brother at the Olivier Awards in London.
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She’s on TV a lot, she’s got a string of stage successes behind her, yet Sheridan Smith still finds time to make an appearance at a Doncaster pub gig.

The Cask Corner Dive Bar in Cleveland Street was rocking at the weekend when word got round that the award-winning star, who was brought up in Epworth, was back in town.

Sheridan Smith joins her brother on stage at Cask Corner.

Sheridan Smith joins her brother on stage at Cask Corner.

Sheridan, just back from a holiday abroad, made a surprise appearance during a gig by local band The Torn, which features her older brother, Damian.

He was just as surprised as the rest of the crowd when she showed up, because it was a spur of the moment thing after she read that the band were playing in Doncaster.

With a rapidly growing following across the country, supported by constant gigging, fans say the band ‘are going places’.

Fan Howard Johnson, of Fern Creative, said: “What made the gig really special was the appearance of Damian’s little sister, who was up there at the front partying with the regulars.

“Complete with her Rolling Stones carrier bag from their recent Hyde Park gig, little sister Sheridan even got up on stage to help out with the vocals on a cover of the Stones’ Jumping Jack Flash.”

The last time most people will have heard her sing was on national television when she opened and presented this year’s Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

Howard added: “The packed audience at Cask Corner loved it and word soon got out that one of Doncaster’s showbusiness royalty was in town. Almost all of them ended up with a pic destined for Facebook or Twitter.

“With her face usually snapped by the ‘paps’ outside her favourite London haunts the Groucho Club or the Ivy, Sheridan seemed to love every minute of her night out at Cask Corner in wonderful downtown Donny.”

After the gig Sheridan and her family headed towards Sir Nigel Gresley Square, a mere stone’s throw from where her professional career began in the old Civic Theatre, to view the Cast building. She was said to be ‘mightily impressed’ that the town now has a new performing arts venue.

Stage and TV star is from a busy musical family

The night was really all about The Torn, a four-piece rock band who combine their own songs with covers and rock versions of songs, from James Bond themes to Simon & Garfunkel and even do a Johnny Cash song as a tribute to Damian and Sheridan’s parents, country and western band The Daltons.

Sheridan Smith, who can be seen on ITV3 this week in the re-run of her Bafta-winning role as Great Train robber’s wife Mrs Biggs, has just started rehearsals as Titania in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Noel Coward Theatre in London.

The Torn are at the Malvern Rocks Festival this weekend, and The Daltons appear every Wednesday at the Top Club in Bentley.