Sheridan played character Julie Bushby in BBC drama based on true events

Commitment to the craft has led plenty of actors in making some pretty drastic physical changes in order to fully realise the character they’re playing – from dropping in weight, to shaving their head completely bald.

Sheridan Smith knows exactly what adapting for a role is all about; for her well-received portrayal of The Moorside‘s Julie Bushby, she gained some weight – and has now revealed that she’s still shifting some pounds.

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The two-part BBC drama of February 2017 was based on the real-life disappearance of Shannon Matthews in 2008, and the fallout from the situation following. And stage and screen actress Sheridan had to have a fuller-figured appearance to play Karen Matthews’ best friend Julie – and she is still working to get back to her original weight.

‘I put on some weight for The Moorside and I’ve still got a load, but I’m trying to lose it,’ she admitted to The Sun at Sunday night’s (9th April) Olivier Awards.

‘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.’

Wearing a black, Twenties-inspired gown, she looked pretty darn fab on the red carpet:

Sheridan Smith at the Olivier Awards (Photo by Maja Smiejkowska/REX/Shutterstock)

Weight on, weight off – she always manages to look amazing with a smile on her face!

Elsewhere, Sheridan, 35, opened up about her choice of roles as she becomes more and more one of Britain’s top talents. Having played Cilla Black (Cilla) and Broadway star Fanny Brice (Funny Girl) as well as Julie, she has a knack for reimagining real-life characters – and she’s hoping to keep doing so.

‘Every time I get a script and it’s not a real life person I’m like “hmm”,’ she told the Mirror.

‘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…

‘I usually get a bit obsessed by the real person. I think maybe I just enjoy losing myself in other people rather than just being me. But that’s something that I love and I’m just so honoured that they would let me get to know them and play them.’