This is so lovely!

Sheridan Smith made a dazzling return to the stage following her beloved father’s passing late last year, and now the star is set to be honoured for her performance. The 35-year-old actress is currently still playing the role of Fanny Brice in ‘Funny Girl’ on tour around the UK.

See you soon @liverpool_empire 💋❤️

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Despite glittering reviews and sold out performances of the show, Sheridan’s dream stage role was shattered when her father Colin was diagnosed with cancer last year. Sheridan took a break from performing after the diagnosis to be with her family. Then, at the end of 2016,Colin Smith lost his battle with cancer at the age of 80. Following his passing, Sheridan pulled out of a spot at the Royal Variety Performance. The strain of his death is said to also have contributed to a two-month break from the hit musical.

Despite the devastating loss, Sheridan has since retuned to the stage. Now, the star has been honoured for her incredible performances, with a nomination for a coveted ‘Olivier Award’. Sheridan is up for the award for ‘Best actress in a musical’ for Funny Girl at the Savoy theatre. The talented actress has dedicated the nomination to her late father. Taking to Instagram in an emotional post, Sheridan described how her father would always insist he was her ‘date’ for the prestigious awards show, proudly escorting her down the red carpet.

Watching ‘Funny Girl’ was the last time Colin saw his beloved daughter performing on stage.

Eagle-eyed fans also spotted another, permanent, tribute to Sheridan Smith’s late father Colin in the form of a new tattoo for the actress.

A tattoo bearing the words ‘Daddy’s Girl’ are inked across her right forearm in loving memory of devoted dad. The star has since shared the new artwork with fans on her Instagram account.

Sheridan has previously talked about the close relationship she enjoys with her family. Speaking to the The Telegraph she described their bond as being “a bit like The Waltons”. Tragically the star also lost her brother Julian to cancer when she was just eight years old. She said at the time:

“Of course I’ve been affected by my brother’s death… It makes me value life, cherish my loved ones and be grateful for every day I have with them.”

Her groundbreaking role as a cancer sufferer in hit BBC drama the C-Word revealed just how much the actress had learnt from her experiences with the disease.

Despite her grief the actress has gone on to secure a role as harrowed single mum in new drama Clean Break, which is set to hit screens this Autumn. Commenting on her role ITV drama boss Polly Hill said:

“Sheridan is perfect for the role of Sam and I’m thrilled she’s returning to ITV to play her.

“It’s a wonderful script that finds real humour and joy in the human struggle to survive.”

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