Sheridan Smith OBE
Sheridan was born in Epworth, Lincolnshire in 1981 and was immersed into a world of music and performance, with her loving parents both being performers themselves. She continued this love of the arts throughout her education and excelled within the performing arts.
In 1999 Sheridan burst onto our screens as Emma in The Royale Family. Since that debut, she has a showcased an incredible career, with television, film, radio and stage appearances, spanning two decades. Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Gavin & Stacey, Legally Blonde and Funny Girl, to name but a few. Sheridan’s talents have been recognised with several awards throughout this time, including a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Legally Blonde and an NTA for her lead role in Cilla. Most recently, Sheridan has launched a new album ‘Northern Soul’, which will be celebrated with an arena tour throughout 2019.
On becoming Patron, Sheridan said “Thanks to Children in Need I got to meet lovely Zac, I was so moved by what he does with TramShed that I kept in touch and couldn’t wait to see their show in Blackpool and meet all the amazing kids he had told me so much about. I was overwhelmed by the show, the commitment from Zac and his team of volunteers, carers and the children & performers themselves. I was completely blown away. The happiness and joy these wonderful people got from performing took my breath away. When Zac then asked me to be a patron I was honoured and of course immediately agreed. I can’t think of a better company and charity to be involved with. People from all walks of life being given this opportunity to be free, happy and express themselves through arts is the most humbling experience I have ever witnessed. I am so proud to be involved in any way I can and hopefully raise awareness & more support for these selfless amazing people like Zac and his team and for the beautiful angels I saw perform”.
Linda’s wealth of experience in show business has embraced hit records, international television shows, major world concert tours and appearances with the world’s most popular superstars. Whilst performing with her sisters Linda has enjoyed amazing success worldwide appearing on every major television show including The Royal Variety Show. Her pantomime credits include starring roles in Dick Whittington, Aladdin, Cinderella, Babes in the Woods, Jack & the Beanstalk and Snow White. Her television appearances have been many and varied, they include: Loose Women, GMTV, This Morning, The Weakest Link, Weekend Watchdog, Question of Pop, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Noel’s House Party, Gayles World, The Brian Conley Show, The Word, Kelly Show and Des O’Connor. Since January 2000 Linda has been starring as Mrs Johnstone in the award winning musical Blood Brothers both on tour in the UK and in London’s West End.
When asked about TramShed, Linda said “Being patron of ‘TramShed’ means a lot to me, I feel proud and privileged to be a part of this fabulous charity. Having been involved in show business from an early age, I know the joy performing brings and how wonderful it is to receive applause for something that you love doing. Zac and his team at ‘TramShed’ do an amazing job and their passion for what they do should be so admired. The importance of inclusive theatre means that anyone can have a chance to follow their dreams. They learn to work as a team, helping each other on and off stage, and then realising the rewards their hard work achieves. (i.e. the productions twice yearly of wonderful musical theatre.) It’s not only great for the children and young adults that take part, it’s great for our local communities, providing enjoyment and giving our local young people an avenue for socialising, making new friends, and indeed becoming part of this wonderful group that is ‘TramShed Theatre Company”.