'Chek' out Isle actress Sheridan Smith's latest TV Proposal
STAR Sheridan Smith is well known for her appearances in light-hearted shows on TV and in the West End.
Now she has taken on the role of a character crafted by a literary heavyweight.
The Epworth actress is to appear in a new series based on the works of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov.
The Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps star will play the fiancee of Gavin and Stacey's Mathew Horne in The Proposal.
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The actress said she had not heard of the Russian literary giant before being asked to go on show – but said she had had a "brilliant" time.
"For the Chekhov play The Proposal, my friend Chris [Christine] Gernon – who directed Gavin and Stacey and who I've worked with loads of times – got in touch with me to say we're doing this season of Chekhov plays and she thought I was right for one of them," she said.
"I was like, 'Yes please, that sounds amazing'.
"There's always been this joke with me and my friends that whenever we're doing a show we say, 'Don't worry, it's hardly Chekhov'.
"This time I was like, 'Oh dear, it is. I've got to pull my socks up'.
"I wasn't aware of Chekhov before so I was very nervous that I'd be out of my depth, but the plays were amazing, it was brilliant and hopefully it will bring his work to an audience of people who, like me, thought, 'I don't know anything about Chekhov, it sounds a bit arty farty'.
"It was a fun couple of days, and the team at Sky were brilliant."
The episode sees Sheridan's character Natasha proposed to by hypochondriac Lomov.
In doing so, however, he succeeds only in angering his would-be father-in-law, played by Philip Jackson.
Her part in the Chekhov series, which will mark what would have been his 150th birthday, follows rave reviews for the actress's lead role in the West End production of Legally Blonde.
James Hunt, head of programming for Sky Arts, said: "Sheridan Smith is an amazing actress. We were stunned and thrilled that she wanted to appear in our Chekhov Comedy Shorts."
The Proposal is one of four one-act plays to be shown on Sky Arts this month as part of Chekhov: Comedy Shorts, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of Chekhov's birth.
The other three plays, regarded as some of Chekhov's finest work, will see performances from some of Britain's finest comedic talent including Steve Coogan, Julian Barrett and Johnny Vegas.
The Proposal will be shown on Sky Arts 2 HD on Sunday, November 28 at 9pm.