Sheridan Smith will star in Cilla, a new three-part drama for ITV based on Cilla Black’s rise to fame. Sheridan will play the title character, who enters the Merseybeat music scene of 1960s Liverpool amidst stars including the Beatles.
“I am thrilled to be playing Cilla,” said the 32-year-old actress. “She is a British icon. In the 60s, as a young girl from Liverpool, she had numerous number ones and sang with The Beatles, her life story is fascinating.”
The series will focus on the star’s rise in the industry as she juggled a love triangle involving her future husband Bobby Willis and legendary manager Brian Epstein, the manager of the Beatles.
“What an era!” added Sheridan. “I can’t wait to get up to Liverpool (my favourite city) and start filming. I’m really honoured and just hope I do her story justice.”