Monday 5 December 2016

Sheridan Smith pulls out of Royal Variety Performance after father dies

Published 02/12/2016 | 11:16

Sheridan Smith, pictured with her father Colin in 2011
Sheridan Smith, pictured with her father Colin in 2011

Sheridan Smith has withdrawn from performing at this year's Royal Variety Performance following the death of her father, Colin.

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The singer and star of hit productions such as Funny Girl was due to perform at the annual event alongside other celebrities such as Sting and Robbie Williams.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be in the audience at this year's star-studded event, which will take place at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on December 6.

A statement issued on Smith's behalf said: "Sheridan's much-loved father sadly passed away this week.

"We can confirm that she will not be performing at the Royal Variety Performance this Tuesday.

"At this difficult time for Sheridan and her family we would ask that you please respect their privacy."

Smith's parents - Colin and Marilyn - formed the Country and Western duo, The Daltons, who describe their sound on their Facebook page as being inspired by the work of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Dolly Parton.

Sheridan, 35, and her brother Damian, who is part of the band The Torn, have often performed with their parents on stage.

In an interview with in 2010, she described her family as being "a bit like The Waltons".

She told The Telegraph: "My parents are a Country and Western duo called The Daltons. They used to perform seven nights a week and when I was four I joined them on stage doing little dance routines. It wasn't long before I was standing on a stool joining in the singing.

"They don't often have gigs at weekends now, but if they do I'll be there joining in. I love to perform. But these days it's more likely we'll all go to support my brother Damian's gig. He is a guitarist in the band Torn."

The Gavin and Stacey star revealed in M arch this year that her father had been diagnosed with cancer.

Following the news, she pulled out of a performance of the West End musical, Funny Girl.

She wrote on Twitter: "Had shit news 2day, sorry I can't make the show for u loyal fans, if u ask they give u tix to the Savoy!''

She added: ''it's one, hate missing shows but pappa needs me x''

Her eldest brother Julian died from cancer at the age of 18.

The Royal Variety Performance is staged in aid of the Royal Variety Charity, formerly the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, of which the Queen is patron.

This year's show will be hosted by David Walliams and money raised helps people from the world of entertainment in need of care and assistance.

The event will be broadcast on ITV.

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