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Doncaster Features: Famous Doncastrian: Sheridan Smith
Sheridan Smith was born in Epworth in 1981 and grew up with musical parents and the stage and showbiz beckoned.
Her first big tv part was as Matilda in Dark Ages and then playing Emma, Anthony's (Ralf Littles) girlfriend, in the massive The Royle Family.
Sheridan has also starred in two series of the BBC comedy Eyes Down alongside Paul O'Grady plus the hit BBC2 comedy Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.
"My Mum and dad are a Country and Western duo and I've sung with them from the age of seven. I was never nervous about being on stage - in fact, I was always the little cheeky one that lapped it up. When I was at school, I auditioned for the National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) and got in. Then a producer took our show, Bugsy Malone, to the West End. I played Tallulah and because I was 16 I was classed as an adult so I moved down to London, into a shared house. After that I planned to move back to my Mum's, but I got an agent. I was lucky, as I couldn't have afforded drama school."
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