Epworth actress Sheridan Smith delighted with her latest award
EPWORTH screen and stage star Sheridan Smith has scooped another top theatre award.
Sheridan walked away with the award for best actress in a play at the whatsonstage.com Awards 2013, held at the Palace Theatre in London.
She claimed the award for her performance in the West End production of the Ibsen classic Hedda Gabler at London's Old Vic.
Sheridan said after collecting her award: "I loved doing the play and I did feel slightly out of my depth.
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"Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic and (director) Anna Mackmin believed in me way more than I believed in myself, so they dragged me through it.
"I'm so pleased I did because I've achieved something that I would have never taken the risk to do."
Sheridan beat household names such as Julie Walters and Billie Piper to the best actress prize.
The awards are the only major theatre awards where all categories are voted on by the public and more than 60,000 people cast votes this year.
Sheridan thanked her fans on social network Twitter for their votes, tweeting: "Thanku my amazin twit fam! I love u! Not only did u vote me best actress tonight u screamed everytime I walked on. I love u so much! X"
It is the second time in three years that the Isle of Axholme star has walked away with a gong at The Whatsonstage.com awards, after she clinched a best supporting actress gong for her role in Sir Trevor Nunn's adaptation of Terence Rattigan's Flare Path.
The honour comes at a time when her fast-paced acting career will see her star in three new roles in the coming months.
The Mrs Biggs actress will appear in new Channel 4 drama series Dates, which follows the lives of one couple in each of the nine episodes to see how their first meeting with each other plays outs.
This summer, she will also fly out to Turkey to take on the main role in writer-director Debbie Isitt's new comedy, Belly Dancing for Beginners.
Meanwhile, Sheridan will also star alongside Alan Davies in BBC One's drama Jonathan Creek.
The new one-off 90-minute special will see Sheridan take on the part of Joey Ross, an investigator working alongside Jonathan Creek on a complex case involving secret societies and suspected supernatural events.