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9 October 2017, 10:01
The star has conquered her demons.
Movie Week delivered a star turn worthy of Hollywood on this week’s Strictly Come Dancing. The judges and celebrities were totally outshone by the show’s special guest performer, Sheridan Smith.
The actress and performer sung live on Sunday night’s results show, singing ‘My Man’ from the hit musical Funny Girl. Smith took the lead role of Fanny Brice in the recent West End revival. The starring role was famously played by legendary performer Barbra Streisand in the 1968 film version.
36-year-old Sheridan had been forced to pull out of the stage musical last year, after suffering with “stress and exhaustion”.But the former Gavin & Stacey actress has now returned to the limelight to promote her debut solo album, which is cunningly titled Sheridan. It will be released in early November and features songs from musicals including 'City of Stars' from La La Land, 'And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going' from Dreamgirls and 'For Forever' from the Broadway smash Dear Evan Hansen.
I wanted you all to see my album cover first... hope you like it pic.twitter.com/9bBcBGAh8j— Sheridan Smith (@Sheridansmith1) October 2, 2017
The album will be released on November 3 via Warner Music Group label East West Records and will be launched on November 5 with a one-off special on ITV.
On November 5th, fans can also enjoy a one-off special on ITV to tie-in with Sheridan's new album.
During her barnstorming, showstopping performance, Strictly dancer Giovanni Pernice was joined on the dancefloor by Russian Italian professional dancer Luba Mushtuk. The combination was electrifying.
Cilla star Sheridan recently shared some inspiring words on Facebook: “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.” A fan replied: “Wish I could do this!” Sheridan replied: “You can and u will, if I can then anything is possible.”
Sheridan had an awful 2016 as her beloved father Colin, 80, died of cancer in December, after a long battle. His daughter took a break from her West End musical role in May after a meltdown brought on by anguish about her dad back home in Epworth, near Scunthorpe, Lincs.
In July this year Sheridan dedicated her Olivier Awards nomination to his memory.
"No one ever does this job for awards but @olivierawards hold a special place in my heart, dad would never let me take a date other than him nor would I want to!" she wrote on Twitter.
"Miss you SO much pappa smith glad @funnygirluk was the last show he saw me in. #myhero"