SHERIDIN SMITH

Star told to pipe down after she goes into cin­ema to see her­self

Irish Sunday Mirror - - STYLE ON SUNDAY - BY GRACE MACASKILL BY PA­TRICK HILL

Choudary and wife Rubana leave the Mcdon­ald’s and stroll on his out­ing from the hos­tel where he is stay­ing It turned out the an­noy­ing woman talk­ing dur­ing a spe­cial screen­ing of new West End mu­si­cal Funny Girl was its star – Sheri­dan her­self. The ac­tress had sneaked into a lo­cal cin­ema dis­guised un­der a base­ball cap to watch her own per­for­mance Star Smith in the lead role as Brook­lyn mu­sic hall singer Fanny Brice.

But Katie Bruce-green failed to recog­nise her as she shushed her – and didn’t be­lieve her when she apol­o­gised and told her who she was. She only found out who she had told off when the 37-year-old HATE preacher An­jem Choudary tastes free­dom – as he pre­pares to tuck into a Mcdon­ald’s meal.

Choudary, 51, was freed from prison last month after be­ing jailed for invit­ing sup­port to the Is­lamic State.

On Fri­day he was spot­ted or­der­ing a burger and fries be­fore tuck­ing in at the restau­rant with his wife Rubana.

An on­looker said: “I couldn’t see if it was a Happy Meal, but it cer­tainly made An­jem smile. Given his ap­par­ent ha­tred for the West, it seemed ironic to see him in­side one of its most cel­e­brated sym­bols.”

Choudary – who once headed the al-muha­jiroun net­work, an ex­trem­ist group banned un­der ter­ror laws – is stay­ing at a North Lon­don bail hos­tel.

Choudary is on li­cence after serv­ing half of a five-and-a-half-year sen­tence. star men­tioned it on Twit­ter. Sheri­dan tweeted: “I snuck into a lo­cal cin­ema so I could watch it with u all and some­one told me to shush and sit still. “To­tally rained on my pa­rade!” Red-faced Katie replied: “I am so sorry! That was me. Just didn’t recog­nise you! The base­ball cap is a de­cep­tive dis­guise in the dark and when you apol­o­gised I was too em­bar­rassed to look at you prop­erly even when you said: “I’m Sheri­dan.”

“My friends might ac­tu­ally kill me as we are huge fans.”

The Cilla and Gavin & Stacey star thanked fans for sup­port­ing the one-off show­ings at Vue Cin­e­mas, say­ing: “You have no idea how much it means.”

grace.macaskill@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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