‘I cried when I read the script’

Sheri­dan Smith, 37, stars as the daugh­ter of a stroke vic­tim – who goes on to de­velop de­men­tia...

Closer (UK) - - Tv - SHERI­DAN SMITH:

Tell us about your char­ac­ter… She’s a sin­gle mum of two girls. She’s still mar­ried to her ex, but they’ve been through a messy break-up and you can tell it’s awk­ward for her. In the open­ing min­utes, Jenny’s mum Mary [Ali­son Stead­man] suf­fers a stroke. She goes on to de­velop de­men­tia… What re­search did you do? A num­ber of my friends have had par­ents and grand­par­ents with de­men­tia and speak­ing with them taught me a lot about it. Ali­son Stead­man was also hugely help­ful – she’d done a lot of re­search her­self, so a lot of the time I’m purely re­act­ing to her per­for­mance. What made you want to take on this role? Jimmy Mcgovern has writ­ten the script. He’s a ge­nius and when I re­alised what it was about and I read it, I cried all the way through. It re­ally moved me and I thought it was a re­ally im­por­tant story to tell. Lots of peo­ple will be go­ing through the same sit­u­a­tion. Were there any par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing scenes? At the start, when Jenny’s mum has the ac­ci­dent, Jenny’s out look­ing for her and she doesn’t know where her kids are. I’m get­ting all pan­icky just think­ing about it! I was re­ally shak­ing af­ter that scene, and I was cry­ing a lot. It took me a while to calm down af­ter­wards. I re­ally en­joyed the whole drama.

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