Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sheridan Smith's Little Cracker

Six year old Frankie Taylor from Finningley beat competition from across the UK to win the role of the young Sheridan Smith in Sheridan's episode of Sky's Little Crackers, a casting call that was posted on Screenterrier back in September.

Sheridan said of Frankie:
"She's gorgeous and she's acting us all off the screen. She's so talented. Frankie's actually from Doncaster and when I went to the auditions for the little ones, she was walking down the street and from behind with her long hair, I thought that she looked like I used to. Then there she was at the audition and she got the part - she's brilliant."

Due to appear on Sky before Christmas, Sheridan’s episode shows her as a child tired of being left at home with her big brothers and boring babysitter as her parents head out to perform their country and western gigs, so she devises a plan to escape the sitter and gate crash the gig  at a South Yorkshire working men’s club called Bentley Top Club, where her real parents really do appear at a country and western music night every Wednesday.

In the TV film, her dad Mark is played by former Royle Family star Ralf Little and her mother Madeleine is portrayed by Sheridan herself. Her brother Damian, who is front man with rock band the Torn, plays the part of a working men’s club chairman, while two young actors Tom Rolinson and Mark Flanagan (both represented by Scream Management) play Sheridan’s brothers Julian and Damian.

The episode was recently filmed at The Top Club in Millgate which 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.

After the success of last year's series which featured shorts from Stephen Fry, Dawn French, Jo Brand, and Catherine Tate amongst others, Sky  have secured another star-studded line-up for their cracking short film series.

The new series for this Christmas features along with Sheridan Smith, Jack Whitehall (star of Fresh Meat), Sanjeev Bhaskar, Jane Horrocks, Barbara Windsor, Shappi Korsandi, Johnny Vegas, Harry Hill, John Bishop, Alan Davies and Sally Lindsay. The series gives stars the chance to tell how they did something for the first time.

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