As she turns 34, we look back at Sheridan Smith’s transformation from young hopeful to fully-fledged star

Sheridan Smith, one of our fave actresses and all-round nice gal, celebrates her 34th birthday today!

The actress has certainly come a long way over the years. Born in Lincolnshire in 1981, she’s transformed from a young hopeful to one of the country’s leading stars.

In honour of her special day, we’ve been taking a look at how Sheridan has changed her look over the years.

When she was still a teenager Sheridan landed one of her first telly roles in ITV’s Dark Ages, a 1999 sitcom about medieval villagers. As Matilda she sported cute curls and youthful enthusiasm.

Skip forward to 2005 and the actress had clearly grown up a lot. She was snapped in a daring low-cut top teamed with a cheeky smile at Cirque Du Soleil in London.

Over the years Sheridan has experimented with her hair. In 2007 she unveiled a sharp blonde bob to step out with then-boyfriend James Corden at a film premiere and in 2010 worked a wavy mane after becoming a huge hit on the West End in the musical Legally Blonde.

We loved seeing the bubbly star try out a vibrant red colour in 2012 ahead of her acclaimed role in ITV drama Mrs Biggs, a part which earned her a BAFTA TV Award.

By 2013, with her star increasingly on the rise, Sheridan worked gorgeously girly brunette curls during a visit to BBC Radio 1 – so pretty!

The Lincolnshire lass really hit the big time in 2014. After another award-winning performance in Cilla, Sheridan proved how confident she’d become by totally owning a punky purple mohawk. Wowzers.

This year has seen lots of changes for the successful star. She looked very grown-up when she collected her OBE in May but totes let her (now blonde) hair down last night for a star-studded birthday bash.

Celebs helping Sheridan celebrate her big day included Nicole Appleton, Gemma Oaten and of course Sheridan’s actor boyfriend Greg Wood.

Have a good one, Miss Smith!

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