Sheridan ‘gobsmacked’ after scooping another top award
Epworth star Sheridan Smith has picked up another top award for her performances in the West End.
She was named Best Actress for her role in Terrence Rattigan’s Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London.
She won the award at the 57th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards and trod the red carpet alongside stars of the stage and screen such as Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch.
The awards ceremony was held at the Savoy Hotel, and was hosted by Dame Edna Everage.
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Sheridan, who was nominated for Best Actress last year for Legally Blonde, this year scooped the prize for her performance as a nearly-widowed countess in Trevor Nunn’s revival of Flare Path.
Earlier in the year, she won Best Actress in a Musical honours at both the Whatsonstage.com and Olivier Awards for her performance in Legally Blonde. This month she was also given Equity’s Clarence Derwent Award, designed to honour supporting roles, for the same performance.
Smith triumphed over competitors including Kristin Scott Thomas, who returned to the West End this year in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.
Afterwards, Sheridan said: “I’m gobsmacked to be honest. It’s a massive honour. I’m nervous.
“It’s just nice to be in a room with all these incredible theatre people and I’m very honoured to be here.”
The 30-year-old actress took her parents with her to celebrate her success.
The Evening Standard awards show also saw the Best Play award shared by two plays, both by Richard Bean.
He won for The Heretic – a biting climate-change drama which starred Juliet Stevenson – and One Man, Two Guvnors – a slapstick version of Carlo Goldoni’s 18th century comedy, starring James Corden, which has just transferred to the West End.
Sheridan starred alongside Sienna Miller in the production of Flare Path.
The play, which ran from March 4 to June 4, has been seen by critics as Rattigan’s first serious play, although it is less well-known than works such as The Deep Blue Sea and The Browning Version.
It is set on the Lincolnshire coast in 1942 and tells the story of Teddy, a young RAF bomber pilot reunited with his actress wife Patricia. They are thrown into upheaval when Peter, Patricia’s ex-lover and a Hollywood heartthrob, arrives.
Miller played the role of Patricia, with James Purefoy, from the BBC’s TV series Rome, starring as Peter. Sheridan was barmaid Doris, married to a Polish count.