If looks could kill, Sheridan Smith would have a few casualties on her hands after last night’s Bafta Television Awards.
The Funny Girl star was said to be furious after Graham Norton joked about her recent troubled turn on the West End Show, which was cancelled 15 minutes in due to ‘technical difficulties’.
Graham singled her out during his opening monologue, saying jokily: ‘We’re all excited for a couple of drinks tonight. Or, as it’s known in theatrical circles, a few glasses of “technical difficulties”.’
Many of Sheridan’s fans were shocked by the ‘completely unnecessary’ and ‘harsh’ comments, taking to Twitter to defend her.
Sheridan also looked less than impressed to see her show, The C Word, lose out in the Best Single Drama category to fellow BBC show Don’t Take My Baby. A candid shot of the star showed her shooting a withering look at the stage shortly after the results were announced.
Sheridan was quick to turn it around though, with the next shot showing her celebrating her rival’s victory in an exaggerated fashion.
Many Sheridan fans again rushed to her defence, claiming she should have won the prize.
But other tweeters branded Sheridan a sore loser…
Has the pressure got too much for Sheridan Smith?
Reports have surfaced over the weekend that acclaimed actress Sheridan Smith is struggling to cope with the pressure of performing in her sold out West-End show ‘Funny Girl’, in London.
Last week a performance was cancelled just 15 minutes in to the show after beginning 40 minutes late, and although theatre bosses blamed technical difficulties, the audience suspected it was due to Sheridan being unable to perform.
One person watching the performance wrote online: ‘I don’t mean to sound nasty at all, but the show was really uncomfortable viewing from the start. Sheridan was slurring her words and forgetting her lines.’
A theatre source confirmed that the actress, 34, was struggling to fulfil the role at the moment, revealing to the Daily Mail there was “a lot of fear and terrible upset. The cast have been told to keep their mouths shut and support Sheridan”.
This isn’t the first time that Sheridan’s ability to perform has been called into question, as she had to pull out of a performance back in March, after receiving heartbreaking family news.
Sheridan couldn’t take to the stage for the hotly anticipated performance, which disappointed fans, because she found out her dad Colin has been diagnosed with cancer.
The TV and stage star took to Twitter at the time to personally apologise to her fans for pulling out of the performance at the last minute, and to respond to a few people who had criticised her on social media for not showing up, before they were aware of the reason. “If u just found out ur dad had cancer u wouldn’t be such a heartless human. Take care love (sic)” was one later deleted messaged from Sheridan to a disappointed and critical fan.
Sheridan Smith is incredibly close to both of her parents, and regularly takes to social media to express her love and admiration for the two people who inspired her singing and performing career. She even tweeted the below message about her beloved dad just weeks before the devastating diagnosis.
Despite the heartbreaking news, Sheridan only missed one show at the time, and the strong star bravely finished the run of performances that week. It may be that as her father continues to battle his illness, it is taking a toll on the usually resilient and strong star.
Our thoughts are with Sheridan and her family at this difficult time, and we wish her father Colin a speedy recovery.