EPWORTH’S very own superstar Sheridan Smith has already started 2013 in style by appearing alongside some of the world’s acting greats in a big screen blockbuster.
Cinemas across the UK and around the globe are currently showing Quartet, which is the directorial debut of Hollywood legend Dustin Hoffman and also stars Downton Abbey star Dame Maggie Smith and comedian Billy Connolly.
Film reviewers have already piled praise on Sheridan’s performance with one national newspaper critic saying that she “actually steals the film”.
The former South Axholme schoolgirl plays Dr Lucy Cogan, who looks after a retirement home for gifted musicians who prepare a special concert each year on composer Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday.
The Bells asked Sheridan’s mum Marilyn about how she’s coping with life in the movie-making fast lane.
She said: “She takes it all in her stride. Sheridan’s father Colin and I went to the premiere of Quartet and met all the stars.
“They’re just ordinary people really and we got on really well with them all.
“Dustin went along to see Sheridan in Hedda Gabler in the West End.
“He gave a different name as he knew she’d be nervous if she knew he was watching.
“She was quite surprised when she got a call to her dressing room that a Mr Hoffman wanted to see her.”
It has been a relentless 12 months for Sheridan with last year seeing her in a multitude of roles on stage and screen, including co-starring with John Bishop in Panto! over Christmas.
After a traditional family Christmas with her parents and brother Damian, she welcomed in the New Year with friends in Paris.
But on New Year’s Eve, she took to social network Twitter to tell her family: “Thank you for being my reason for everything”.
Marilyn, of Station Road, Epworth, added: “She’s still so down-to-earth and when she’s back home, she always goes out and catches up with her friends.
“She went to Scunthorpe to see her god-daughter act in a panto and a few people at the theatre recognised her.
“The dame spotted she was in the audience and she ended being gunged with foam. She had a lot of fun with it all.”
Sheridan is currently filming with Alan Davies for a new episode of TV’s magician-turned-investigator Jonathan Creek which is due to hit screens at Easter.