Sheridan Smith ‘to judge Stars In Their Eyes revamp’ as iconic show returns

Sheridan Smith is set to have a busy 2021, with reports suggesting she is lining up a huge television stint.

The Cilla actress is believed to be back at work, just six months after welcoming her first child, son Billy, into the world with fiancé Jamie Horn.

Sheridan, 39, will star on a revamped edition of the hit nineties and noughties show, Stars In Their Eyes, previously presented by Leslie Crowther, Matthew Kelly and Cat Deeley.

The new series which is rumoured to begin filming in May will be named Starstruck, reports The Sun.

Guests on the show will still dress up as their favourite musicians and perform some of the music industry's biggest tracks.

A source told the publication: "Starstruck is a new take on telly classic Stars In Their Eyes and will see the public living out their dreams on stage as their idols."

The publication reports that Starstruck was supposed to get to work this year but the coronavirus pandemic abruptly brought things to a halt.

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"Her job will be to critique the acts and then give them advice after they have performed," the source added.

"Along with being a fantastic actress, Sheridan is a talented singer and after playing Cilla Black in the ITV show about her life, she knows a thing or two about impersonating amazing singers."

During its heyday, Stars In Their Eyes managed to rake in roughly 13 million viewers for the grand finale episodes.

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Sheridan, who has also appeared in Gavin and Stacey, also revealed she is getting to work penning her first autobiography after years of being asked.

The new mum will detail the highs and lows of her life and career.

She will also reveal all about her battles with anxiety and depression, which saw her rushed to hospital after becoming addicted to anti-anxiety medication.

Opening up on her documentary Sheridan Smith: Becoming Mum, she recalled being left humiliated following a joke about her West End performance in Funny Girl.

She said: "What people didn't know was that I had become addicted to anti-anxiety tablets. That night I took myself off to a hotel, in my crazy mind I thought I don't want to be in rehab I will do it myself. So I went there and just stopped my tablets.

"Weirdly, my friend had rung me and she came to the hotel. It’s a miracle that she did now like someone was looking out for me because what I didn’t realise is if you stop that medication, stop these tablets abruptly, you seizure.

"To cut a long story short, I seized five times, I got rushed to A&E and she [the friend] was the one who got me breathing again."

Daily Star has approached Sheridan Smith for comment.

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