In my mind, de­men­tia is the cru­ellest dis­ease there is

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leave a tod­dler in the home all day on their own, you’d be pros­e­cuted for it, but that is what’s hap­pen­ing to peo­ple in the com­mu­nity. “We need more nurs­ing homes, and it’s not the fault of the NHS be­cause 24% of their beds are taken with peo­ple over the age of 65 with de­men­tia. It can’t carry on.” LINCOLNSHIREBORN Sheri­dan, and her co-star, Ir­ish ac­tress Sinead, are asked if they tried to laugh in be­tween takes on set for Care, to de­tract from how dark the ma­te­rial was. “I think ev­ery ac­tor takes it dif­fer­ently and does their own thing,” sug­gests 40-year-old Sinead, who plays Mary’s other daugh­ter, Claire.

“My­self, if I’m do­ing heavy scenes, you go, ‘Oh, this is go­ing to be a fun day’,” she quips.

“You keep your­self to your­self. You’re not ex­u­ber­ant, you’re not bounc­ing around in be­tween takes.”

“Sinead is in­cred­i­ble at stay­ing in the zone, so to act op­po­site her was a dream,” gushes Sheri­dan, known for her in­tense roles in shows such as The Moor­side and Cilla.

Dis­cussing the chal­leng­ing role fur­ther, she says: “In my mind, de­men­tia is the cru­ellest dis­ease there is.

“I can only go on be­ing a carer for a par­ent (her fa­ther lost his bat­tle with cancer in 2016) and try­ing to put my ex­pe­ri­ences into it. But it doesn’t re­ally come close to how I imag­ine that must feel.

“You don’t tell jokes (in be­tween takes), es­pe­cially when this is the sub­ject mat­ter, and Gil­lian’s been through it, and so many peo­ple have been through it. You stay in it when you’re in those mo­ments.”

How­ever, the out­go­ing star con­fides she finds it re­ally dif­fi­cult to stop cry­ing once the tears start fall­ing.

“I’m a night­mare, be­cause I cry at ev­ery­thing!” how dif­fer­ently Jenny and Claire deal with their mum’s health is­sues.

“Claire’s moved away, and Jenny is the one who does the lion’s share of all the car­ing, which I think an aw­ful lot of peo­ple can em­pathise with, be­cause, more of­ten that not, peo­ple move away from their fam­i­lies,” Sinead – star of dra­mas such as Lit­tle Boy Blue and Be­ing Hu­man – notes thought­fully.

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