Wednesday 23 October 2019

Sheridan Smith: I don’t know if I have ‘the assets’ to play Dolly Parton

The actress and singer won rave reviews for her role as Cilla Black in the TV biopic.

Sheridan Smith (Chris J Ratclife/PA)
Sheridan Smith (Chris J Ratclife/PA)

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Sheridan Smith has said she would love to play Dolly Parton – but “I don’t know if I’ve got the assets”.

The actress and singer, who won rave reviews for her role as Cilla Black in the TV biopic, has named one of her many pet dogs after the US singer-songwriter.

Asked whether she would like to play Parton, the 37-year-old told ITV show Lorraine: “I’d love to but I don’t know if I’ve got the assets. Is it too early to say that?”

“Not at all,” host Lorraine Kelly replied.

Dolly Parton performing on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury (Yui Mok/PA)

Smith also told the TV show that she was too busy to plan her wedding to insurance broker Jamie Horn.

“I don’t think I’ve got time at the minute … I’m going straight back into filming and doing filming all next year,” she said.

“It’s on hold at the minute. I’m just enjoying saying ‘I’m engaged’.”

The actress has previously struggled with her mental health.

“I totally had a breakdown, because I was spiralling out of control, making mistakes, wasn’t in the right frame of mind,” she told Lorraine.

“I’m in a really good place … I was getting out of control a bit and now I feel really settled.”

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