Sheridan dons sea shells for movie

Sheridan Smith in The Harry Hill Movie.
Sheridan Smith in The Harry Hill Movie.
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There’s something fishy going on with Sheridan Smith’s latest film role - she’s dressed entirely in sea shells.

The Doncaster starlet donned seaweed, starfish and crustaceans for her role as ‘Shell Girl’ in The Harry Hill Movie, out tomorrow.

Sheridan Smith as Michelle in The Harry Hill Movie.

Sheridan Smith as Michelle in The Harry Hill Movie.

Her mum Marilyn Smith, of Station Road, Epworth, said: “She said she had great fun and she really enjoyed being with the whole crew including Harry Hill and Johnny Vegas.

“The shell costume was just amazing.”

Sheridan’s ‘under-sea shell person’ character steals Hill’s heart in the film, which also stars Julie Walters and Matt Lucas.

The 32-year-old wore different-sized shells all over her head and body, with bits of seaweed hanging down from her waist and orange starfish for hands.

The film is comedian Hill’s first leap from the small to the big screen.

He came up with the idea as TV Burp – his hit show which rakes through the week’s TV, digging out amusing blunders or inserting hilarious innuendos into scenes – reached its conclusion in 2012.

It sees Hill and his petrol-drinking grandmother, Nan, played by Julie Walters, taking pet hamster Abu voiced by Johnny Vegas to the vet, Simon Bird, who wrongly diagnoses him as terminally ill.

Thinking his hamster has only a week to live, they set off on a road trip to Blackpool pursued by the evil vet.

Harry Hill said: “At last I am so excited to be able to tell the world the true story of my hamster’s struggle on the big screen, and even more excited to be working with some of the comedy greats of the British film industry.”

He said he was delighted to get such big names, including Sheridan and Julie Walters, on board with his bizarre movie idea.

The premiere was held this week and Marilyn said Sheridan - who won a BAFTA for her role in Mrs Biggs earlier this year - was hoping to get home for Christmas afterwards.

“We’re hoping she will manage to get home for Christmas,” said Marilyn.

“She just relaxes when she comes home and plays with the dogs. We have a nice, family Christmas like everyone else. We just relax, chill out and have a laugh.

“She loves coming home because it’s so different to her life in London.”

Sheridan’s career goes from strength to strength

Golden girl Sheridan Smith has barely taken a break this year as directors of television, cinema and West End productions have fallen over themselves to get her name on their casting list.

The actress, known for her roles in the comedy series Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Gavin & Stacey and Benidorm, has gone on to win a BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress, for playing the title role in the 2012 five-part series Mrs Biggs. She is also a critically acclaimed West End theatre actress, having won two Laurence Olivier Awards in consecutive years - for Best Actress in a Musical for playing Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and Best Performance in a Supporting Role for her performance as Doris in Flare Path.