Sheridan Smith's Mrs Biggs 'meltdowns'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 May 2013
Sheridan Smith with her Leading Actress BAFTA

Sheridan Smith with her Leading Actress BAFTA

Sheridan Smith often told 'Mrs Biggs' bosses to "re-cast" her titular part because she thought she was "s**t" at the role, which she won the Leading Actress BAFTA for last night (12.05.13)

Sheridan Smith had frequent "meltdowns" on the set of 'Mrs Biggs' and often told bosses to "re-cast" her part.

Despite her crippling self-doubt, the 31-year-old beauty picked up the prestigious Leading Actress BAFTA at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards last night (12.05.13) for her titular role in the gripping ITV drama about the wife of the Great Train Robber, Ronnie Biggs, and she paid tribute to her "supportive" co-stars and crew.

Speaking at the event at London's Royal Festival Hall, the stunning blonde - who beat off competition from Sienna Miller, Anne Reid and Rebecca Hall to win her first ever BAFTA - told BANG Showbiz: "I can't really explain the self-doubt that I'm completely filled with daily and that's why the 'Mrs Biggs' lot were so supportive.

"I did have meltdowns on set quite a lot and say, 'I'm s**t, just re-cast, I'm awful. I'm going to let you all down.'

"It's just believing in yourself I guess. This award has helped a bit.

"I was even on set today thinking, 'Oh God, I'm being s**t, I'm being s**t.' And they were good luck, 'Good luck tonight. Imagine if you came in with a BAFTA tomorrow.' But I was like, 'Yeah, as if. There's not a chance.' "

Sheridan - who is best known for comedy roles in 'Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps' and 'Gavin and Stacey' - insists the show is the "happiest job" she has ever done, but didn't even think she would land the role because she hadn't starred in many dramas at the time.

She added: "I didn't think I'd get the role because I had mainly done comedy so I think they took a risk on me. But we became like a family. It is the happiest job I've ever done and me and Mrs. Biggs, me and Charmian, have become really good friends."

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