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From slappers to Hedda Gabler: the irresistible rise of Sheridan Smith

19 March 2013 6:42 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Gavin & Stacey star defies stereotypes with her range of award-winning roles on stage and screen

Sheridan Smith used to flog burgers to bikers from a van off the motorway up north. It was, so far, the only job for which she wasn't paid to perform, but that didn't stop her. "Do you want sauce with that, love?" she'd ask. It's easy to imagine Smith delivering that line, one eyebrow rising to a circumflex, lips pursing, more than a hint of cleavage and loads of cheek.

But those who suspected that the 31-year-old actor was a kind of northern Barbara Windsor capable of only blonde sass, and could cite as evidence a decade of knockabout performances in TV sitcoms (including Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Love Soup and Gavin & Stacey) and her award-winning turn as jilted-bimbo-turned-Harvard-hotshot in the stage musical Legally Blonde, have spent the past »

- Stuart Jeffries

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