Sheridan Smith to return to her hometown for first time since her father Colin’s death in ITV show

Sheridan Smith will star in a documentary where she is set to visit her hometown for the first time since losing her father Colin, it was revealed on Thursday.

The actress, 37, will talk candidly about her mental health struggles in the one-off ITV show, and will also take part in a homecoming gig on same stage she performed on with her parents when she was a child.

Speaking about the film, the Funny Girl star said: ‘Filming this documentary has been an incredible emotional rollercoaster.’

 

Back: Sheridan Smith set to return to her hometown for first time since her father Colin’s tragic death from cancer in one-off documentary Coming Home, it was announced on Thursday

She added: ‘Re-visiting old haunts and finally performing at the Bentley Top Club where my parents featured regularly has been a very therapeutic experience and has made me realise just how important my roots, family and friends are.’

Directed by Tim Pope, the documentary will see the actress return to her hometown of Doncaster for the first time since her father tragic death from cancer in December 2016, and embark on one of her toughest personal challenges yet.

As well as her special concert, Sheridan will also explain how her experiences have influenced her songwriting and shaped her new album A Northern Soul, which is set to be released later this year.

 

Emotional: The actress, 37, will talk candidly about her mental health struggles, and will also take part in a homecoming gig on the same stage she performed on with her parents as a child

Of the show, ITV’s Head of Entertainment Siobhan Greene said: ‘We are chuffed to bits to be working with Sheridan again in Sheridan Smith: Coming Home.

‘She’s a very special and talented girl whose honesty and heart burns brightly through the screen.

‘It’s a never before seen insight into her real life and how that’s inspired her music. And how fab that viewers are going to see it all in Doncaster too.’

Sheridan revealed her battle with depression and anxiety last year, which was triggered by her father’s cancer diagnosis.

 

 Challenge: Of returning home, she said, ‘Re-visiting old haunts…has been a very therapeutic experience and has made me realise just how important my roots, family and friends are’

But things have steadily got better for the actress, after she began a blossoming romance with former insurance broker Jamie Horn who she got engaged to in May, after just two months of dating.

Jamie is said to have brought Sheridan back to her best – with the actress admitting she is in a ‘very happy place’ again, following a number of mental health woes.

Discussing her man, she said: ‘Where I’m at right now I feel like this is really good, I’ve got all that under control.

‘I’ve got doctors care, I’m feeling great, I got engaged, I’m in a very happy place (laughs) so I’m very happy and you know that’s it. I couldn’t ask for more really.’

 

Healing: Sheridan revealed her battle with depression and anxiety last year, but things have steadily got better as she got engaged to former insurance broker Jamie Horn

 

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