Sheridan Smith sets sights on new star role

Sheridan Smith
Sheridan Smith

Fresh from her stunning success as Cilla Black, actress Sheridan Smith has lined up yet another starring role.

The Isle of Axholme star, who won the hearts of the nation with her acclaimed portrayal of the sixties singer in three part ITV drama Cilla, has signed up for new cop drama Black Work.

The 33-year-old actress is set to play a police officer and grieving widow who decides to launch her own investigation into the mysterious death of her undercover policeman husband in the new three-part ITV suspense drama.

She said: “I’m so excited. There’s so many twists and turns. I was reading it going ‘Ah!’ and you can’t wait for the next episode. It will be great.

“The one thing I’m going to do is go to bootcamp because I’m so unfit! And there’s a lot of car chases and running on foot, and I don’t think police women should be getting a stitch like I do! So I’m going to get to work.”

She added: “I’m really excited about that, it’s totally different to anything I’ve done. I like to keep trying new things and being a bit of a chameleon.”

It is the latest in a long line of successess for the rising star.

She appeared as the wife of Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs in Mrs Biggs and also appeared in The Harry Hill Movie and appeared in an episode of BBC genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are.

And she is also being tipped for the Christmas number one on the back of her success in Cilla.

Television personality and former newspaper editor Piers Morgan has tipped Sheridan to follow Cilla’s footsteps into the pop charts.

The star’s role in the drama required her to sing Cilla’s hits, including Anyone Who Had A Heart.

After the final part was screened, he suggested on social media that the track should be released as a single ahead of the festive season, tweeting: “What odds on Anyone Who Had A Heart, sung by @Sheridansmith1, being Christmas No1? #cilla”