Sheridan Smith On Stage - Theatre Credits, Bio and Tickets
Born in Epworth, Lincolnshire in 1981, Sheridan Smith has performed in numerous television shows and musicals, earning an OBE in 2015 for services to drama. She is perhaps best known for starring in the hit television series Gavin and Stacey alongside James Corden, as well as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.
With a keen interest in drama from a young age, Smith studied dance and performing arts at every opportunity, but did not attend drama school. However, Smith made her television debut at 18 years old, playing Emma in the BBC series The Royle Family. Three years after, she landed the role of Janet Keogh in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, starring in the programme from 2001 to 2009.
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.
More recently, Smith has played Cilla Black in the ITV biographical drama Cilla, as well as releasing her debut album titled ‘Sheridan’ in 2017, with her second album ‘A Northern Soul’ a year later.
Selected London & West End Stage Appearances
|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|
|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|