Four Lives star Sheridan Smith – Olivier Awards, newborn son, anxiety …

New BBC drama Four Lives launches tonight, telling the story of Grindr killer Stephen Port’s victims and their families as they hunt for justice.

Port, portrayed by Stephen Merchant, killed four young men between 2014 and 2015 by giving them a fatal overdose of the date-rape drug GHB, before raping them and discarding their bodies.

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North Lincolnshire-born actress Sheridan Smith plays Sarah Sak, mother of victim Anthony Walgate, who was from Hull. Sarah, along with the families of the other victims, launched their own investigation to find justice, after being let down by the police.

We take a closer look at Sheridan Smith ahead of the premiere of the three-part series tonight.

Personal Life

Sheridan Smith with son, Billy

Sheridan Smith was born on June 25, 1981 in Epworth, North Lincolnshire and studied dance at the Joyce Mason School of Dancing from an early age.

Attending South Axholme Comprehensive School, she was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre from 1995 to 2001 where she performed in a number of productions.

Sheridan completed her further education at John Leggott College in Scunthorpe.

She has spoken openly about experiencing from anxiety, panic attacks, and difficulties with alcohol, aiming to open up a healthy conversation about the often-ignored topics.

She has one son, Billy, born in May 2020, that she shares with former partner Jamie Horn.

Acting Roles

Sheridan Smith has a number of impressive credits

A prestigious actress on both stage and screen, Sheridan has won two Laurence Olivier Awards, a British Academy Television Award, a National Television Award, in addition as being nominated for two International Emmy Awards.

In 2015, she was awarded an OBE in the new year’s honours for her sets to drama.

Sheridan’s notable television appearances include roles in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Gavin & Stacey, Benidorm, and Jonathan Creek.

She also received extensive basic acclaim for her roles in the TV dramas Mrs Biggs, Cilla, The C information, Black Work, and The Moorside.

Lucky Escape

Sheridan’s Range Rover collided with a tree

Recently, Sheridan was lucky to survive a horror crash in Essex when her car was forced off the road by bad weather during Storm Arwen.

Her Range Rover collided with a tree near the star’s home and passers-by believed that ‘someone must be dead’.

Sheridan was fortunate to escape with only cuts and bruises, but admits the accident could have been ‘so much worse’.

The collision involving the actress’s £100k car caused so much damage that local farmers were needed to cut away tree parts for police to access the means.

Overcoming demons

Sheridan has been very open about her mental health

Smith has spoken publicly about her struggles with anxiety, panic attacks, and alcohol consumption.

In 2016, she suffered a downward spiral that included missed curtain calls at her theatre shows and disgruntled audiences.

A cruel joke was told about her at the BAFTA award ceremony, suggesting that she was a drunk, leading her to post a slew of swear-filled, drunken tweets that she later came to regret.

More recently, she was reportedly left upset after a backstage issue at the Jonathan Ross show.

Reports say there was a row backstage after the show was filmed which left Sheridan ‘furious’.

She was on the show along with Gary Barlow as they promoted their new Christmas songs.

Jeremy Clarkson, Sting, Stephen Merchant and Ruz Ahmed were also on the show.

A spokesperson for The Jonathan Ross Show said that they were ‘closest’ investigating.

A source told The Sun: “Sheridan was absolutely furious when filming on Jonathan Ross had ended.

“She also claimed that she felt she had not been treated with kindness. It was clear Sheridan was upset with her team backstage after filming.”

An ITV spokesperson said: “When booking the show, we are always keen to ensure we are different and inclusive to all. We treat our guests with courtesy and respect at all times.”

She also pulled out of the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, where she was due to perform with Gary Barlow.

To watch the first episode of Four Lives, tune in to BBC One at 9pm on Monday, January 3.

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