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Award-winning actress Sheridan Smith has opened up about her battle to shift the weight she gained while playing Karen Matthews’ best friend in the BBC drama Moorside.

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Speaking at last night’s Olivier Awards – where she was up for a Best Actress gong – the 35-year-old told The Sun:

“I put on some weight for The Moorside and I’ve still got a load, but I’m trying to lose it.

“I wanted to get into the character and became very good friends with Julie. Julie is a lot taller than me so it was about bulking up.

“We spoke lots and I tried to get her accent, she’s an incredible woman and we still speak a lot.”

‘Becoming Julie’

And it seems that getting into role is a serious business for Sheridan, as she likes stepping into the shoes of characters like Julie so she can become “obsessed” by them.

“I mean, I’ll still do those roles that are fictional but there’s something about getting under the skin and doing a role and getting to know them that I love. I know that sounds really weird and actory,” she added.

Despite feeling conscious about her figure, Sheridan dazzled on the red carpet in a floor length LBD that gave a sizeable nod to twenties glamour.