Sheri­dan: I was too over­awed for Cilla chat

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AC­TRESS Sheri­dan Smith has re­vealed she was too “star-struck” to take up Cilla Black’s of­fer of a friendly chat for ad­vice on play­ing her on-screen.

She re­ceived high praise for her star­ring role in ITV’s drama series Cilla in 2014, but ad­mit­ted she was over­whelmed when meet­ing the Scouse en­ter­tainer, who died a year later, age 72.

But Sheri­dan ( above) has man­aged to forge a friend­ship with an­other per­son she is de­pict­ing on the small screen – Julie Bushby, the mum who led the com­mu­nity search for nine-year-old miss­ing school­girl Shan­non Matthews back in 2008.

The 35-year-old said she loved to get “lost” in real-life char­ac­ters and cited both Cilla and train rob­ber Ron­nie Biggs’s wife Charmian – whom she por­trayed in 2012 TV series Mrs Biggs – as those who left the great­est mark.

Smith said: “I did get a bit tongue-tied meet­ing Cilla and I was too star-struck to take up her of­fer of ring­ing her any time if there was any­thing I wanted to ask her.” A KISS on the lips can trans­fer 80 mil­lion bac­te­ria into an­other per­son’s mouth in 10 sec­onds

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