‘One of the places I insisted we visit is Blackpool’

Sheridan Smith.
Sheridan Smith.
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She’s starred in hit comedies, took to the stage in London’s West End, solved mysteries alongside eccentric TV detective Jonathan Creek and won a BAFTA and Olivier Award.

Now actress, singer and dancer Sheridan Smith heads to Blackpool’s Winter Gardens this month in her debut UK tour following the release of her self-titled album, Sheridan.

Sheridan Smith

Sheridan Smith

Now the ‘triple threat’, who rose to fame in comedy show Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and starred as Cilla Black in the three-part ITV series ‘Cilla’, reveals why the resort holds a special place in her heart - and why she insisted on touring here.

She said: “My family all live in Yorkshire, and Blackpool is where we used to go on holiday, so a lot of my family are coming to see the show at the Blackpool venue.

“It was really important to me. I love it there. It’s one of the places I’m most excited about, and I can’t wait to see all the people.

“When they made the list of which venues we might visit, one of the ones I insisted on was Blackpool.”

Would South Yorkshire actress Sheridan Smith, pictured here as Cilla Black, get a free day out at the zoo?

Would South Yorkshire actress Sheridan Smith, pictured here as Cilla Black, get a free day out at the zoo?

Sheridan will embark on her first ever tour next week, and will perform in Cardiff, Edinburgh and Manchester and London as well as Blackpool.

She said: “We are still in rehearsals at the moment. I’m very nervous but it’s so exciting as well, because its such a unique opportunity.

“To be out there as myself is very scary.

“The fact that people have been buying tickets to support me is so lovely and I can’t wait to get out there and meet everyone.

“The first half of the show will be songs from the album, and I’ll be onstage with the big orchestra. The second half is more fun, with some classics that the audience can join in with.”

The 36-year-old star added that she would also be singing country tunes as tribute to her parents, Colin and Marilyn Smith, who once performed as a country and Western duo called The Daltons.

She said: “I’m hoping there’ll be lots of different elements to it.

“The album, when it came about, it was something I’d been asked to do before but I wanted to focus on my acting.

“My dad always wanted me to do it so when the opportunity came up again I decided to do it.

“It’s completely different to the acting world and I’m learning as I go along, but it’s nice to do something totally different and get out of your comfort zone.

“Rehearsals are going really well and it’s just very different to rehearsing a show.

“This is just me stood with the band, so it’s mainly costumes and lighting designs we have to focus on.

“I’m loving it and it’s really exciting. I’m chomping at the bit to get out there.”

Sheridan Smith in concert will appear at the Winter Gardens on April 17.

People can buy tickets online at www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk, or by calling the Winter Gardens booking line on 0844 856 1111.