West End star Sheridan goes back to her roots

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A SOUTH Yorkshire working men’s club was packed to the rafters when a top West End musical star went on stage to be filmed for a TV show.

Sheridan Smith, who won an Olivier Award for her theatre performances in Legally Blonde, and has had many television roles, joined her parents in appearing as themselves for a Sky TV programme to be screened this Christmas.

Bentley Top Club was taken over by the film crew for the final scene of one of the Little Cracker series, which gives stars the chance to tell how they did something for the first time.

The Top Club in Millgate was chosen as a location because Sheridan first performed there - standing on a stool - as a youngster with her parents, Doncaster-based country and western due The Daltons.

Last week the crew filmed the final scenes at the venue where Sheridan’s parents still appear at a country and western music nights every Wednesday.

In the TV film dad Mark is played by former Royle Family star Ralf Little, while mother Madeleine is portrayed by Sheridan herself.

Her brother Damian, frontman with rock band the Torn, takes the part of a working men’s club chairman, while two young actors Tom Rolinson and Mark Flanagan play Sheridan’s brothers Julian and Damian.

Completing the line-up is six-year-old Frankie Taylor, from Finningley, who beat competition from across the UK to win the role of the young Sheridan.

The local flavour continued with Doncaster’s Fern Creative providing technical support, and Balby-based session musicians Clive Johns and Matt Ferguson on the film’s backing tracks.

Neil Dougal, steward of Bentley Top Club, said: “We were full that night, with at least 150 in.”