SHERI­DAN SMITH: ‘God knows when my wed­ding will hap­pen!’

Af­ter a tur­bu­lent time bat­tling men­tal health is­sues, ac­tress Sheri­dan Smith has bounced back – and she cred­its coun­try liv­ing with help­ing her find hap­pi­ness I

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t’s been six months since Sheri­dan Smith re­vealed she was “fi­nally in a good place” fol­low­ing a se­cret men­tal health bat­tle that threat­ened her im­pres­sive ca­reer.

Fol­low­ing the heart­break­ing death of her beloved dad Colin from can­cer in 2016, re­ports of Sheri­dan’s volatile re­la­tion­ships and out-of-con­trol par­ty­ing emerged. A year later, she suf­fered a break­down and was forced to pull out of a num­ber of shows for West End mu­si­cal Funny Girl, later say­ing she “just couldn’t con­tinue – I’d lost my mind”. Thank­fully, af­ter re­ceiv­ing the rest and care she needed, the 37-year- old star re­turned to Funny Girl to crit­i­cal ac­claim.

TY­ING THE KNOT

Sheri­dan then down­loaded dat­ing app Tin­der last year and met her prince. Fol­low­ing a whirl­wind ro­mance with for­mer in­surance bro­ker Jamie Horn – who is eight years her ju­nior – they got en­gaged in May.

When we meet up with the star ahead of her new TV show, Clean­ing Up, she can’t help show­ing off her sparkly en­gage­ment ring – but she tells us, “There’s no big day yet. I’ve got quite a lot on un­til 2020, and at the minute I’m just try­ing to get through all these next jobs. But I’m ex­cited about ev­ery­thing, and I’m also ready to get back into act­ing af­ter do­ing the al­bum [A North­ern Soul, re­leased late last year].

“There’s no chance yet of be­ing able to fit in a wed­ding and I’m still just go­ing, ‘Ooh, I’m en­gaged to be mar­ried!’ God knows when it will hap­pen. It will prob­a­bly be with the don­keys some­where, one day…”

“The don­keys” is ref­er­ence to Sheri­dan’s new life on a farm in the Buck­ing­hamshire coun­try­side with Jamie and their res­cue an­i­mals. In her ITV doc­u­men­tary, Sheri­dan Smith: Com­ing Home, in Novem­ber, she in­sisted the dark times were be­hind her, cred­it­ing the love of Jamie and their coun­try liv­ing.

TOXIC RO­MANCES

Although she’s one of the na­tion’s best­loved stars and was hon­oured with an OBE in 2015 for her ser­vices to tele­vi­sion, she’s also be­come known for her dra­matic love life.

She dated her Gavin & Stacey co-star James Cor­den for two years un­til 2009, and called him “the love of [her] life” be­fore their split. Then, in 2014, Ge­ordie Shore bad boy Ricci Guar­nac­cio claimed he’d en­joyed a steamy week­end with Sheri­dan. Later that year, she be­gan an on/off re­la­tion­ship with Hol­lyoaks ac­tor and dad-of-three Greg Wood while he was di­vorc­ing wife Catherine Mil­burn – but their ro­mance fiz­zled out in 2016 af­ter Sheri­dan ac­cused him of be­ing in­volved with his Hol­lyoaks co-star Tamara Wall.

In 2015, it was re­ported that she’d had a fling with The En­emy rocker Andy Hopkins – although he de­nied it. Then her last re­la­tion­ship, with model Gra­ham Na­tion, col­lapsed in 2017 af­ter six months to­gether.

Look­ing back, Sheri­dan be­lieves she wasn’t in the right headspace for those ro­mances. She re­cently re­flected, “I kissed a lot of frogs. But I guess I wasn’t in the right place to give any­thing. I didn’t even love my­self, so I wasn’t able to love any­one prop­erly. They were al­ways toxic, those re­la­tion­ships, be­cause of drinking or what­ever… But Jamie, he’s re­ally to­gether.”

SAFE HAVEN

She also ad­mits that be­ing away from her old manic city life­style has helped her to re­cover.

“I wanted to get away from London so I moved away to the coun­try­side,” she tells

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