Sheridan Smith On Stage - Theatre Credits, Bio and Tickets

Sheridan Smith OBE was born in 1981, in the small Lincolnshire town of Epworth. Through her teenage years, she studied at the Joyce Mason School of Dancing in Scunthorpe before becoming a member of the National Youth Music Theatre. She performed a number of lead roles including Bugsy Malone, her West End debut, Pendragon and Into the Woods.

Outside of theatre, she is best known for her roles in television. She has had roles in comedy shows such as Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Benidorm, Grownups, and Gavin and Stacey, in which she played Rudi, the sister of Smithy played by James Corden. She has also appeared in a number of dramas such as Mrs Biggs, which won her a BAFTA award, and The 7.39 alongside David Morrissey.

Smith played Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2006, transferring to the Ambassadors Theatre, via the Duke of York’s Theatre. Her performance earned her an Olivier Award nomination in 2008. In 2009, she took on the role of Elle Woods in a musical version of Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre. For her role in the musical, she won both a WhatsOnStage Award and a Laurence Olivier Award, as well as being nominated for a Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress.

In 2012, she played a lead role at the Old Vic, in Hedda Gabler, and a revival of the Terence Rattigan play Flare Path at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. Directed by Trevor Nunn, Smith played a Doris, an ex-barmaid who is married to a Polish RAF officer. She won the Olivier for Best Performance in a Supporting Role, her only Olivier to date not for a musical role.  The following year, she starred in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Noël Coward Theatre, alongside David Walliams.

In 2015, Smith was honoured in the New Year’s Honours as she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Later that year, Smith went on to play the role of Fanny Brice in the musical Funny Girl, which initially ran at the Menier Chocolate Factory, before transferring to the Savoy Theatre and touring the UK. She was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical following the show’s West End transfer.

As Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at the Savoy

As Elle Woods in Legally Blonde at the Savoy

Selected London & West End Stage Appearances

Show Role Theatre Year Link
Funny Girl Fanny Brice Savoy 2016


Funny Girl Fanny Brice Menier Chocolate Factory 2015 Review
A Midsummer Night's Dream Titania Noël Coward 2013 Review
Hedda Gabler Hedda Gabler Old Vic 2012 Review
Flare Path Doris Haymarket 2011 Review
Legally Blonde Elle Woods Savoy 2009 Review
Little Shop of Horrors Audrey Duke of York's 2007 Review
A Midsummer Night's Dream Hermia Open Air 2006 Review
Taming of the Shrew Bianca Open Air 2006 Review
People are Friendly Kirsty Royal Court 2002  
Into the Woods Little Red Riding Hood Donmar Warehouse 1998 Review
Bugsy Malone Tallulah Queen's 1997 Review


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