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Sheridan Smith: ‘So sorry’ Joseph star reveals health issue as she is forced to cancel gig

Sheridan Smith, 38, caused concern amongst her fans today as she revealed she was “on vocal rest”. The actress, who is currently starring in a West End production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, opened up about a health issue she was suffering from in view of her 673,000 Twitter followers. Sheridan wrote: “So I’ve lost my voice due to laryngitis and not sure when it will be back. “So sorry to car fest where I am meant to be gigging today and just hope it comes back so I can finish Joseph.”

The star apologised once again as she added: “On vocal rest for now until it gets better so sorry guys.”

Fans took to the comments section to share their get well wishes with Sheridan.

One person wrote: “Oh no, so close to the end of Joseph. You’ve been amazing, get well soon.”

Another fan added: “There’s nothing worse than being too poorly to perform in a show that you have worked so hard on. Rest up, there’s only one of you x.”

“I saw you last night in Joseph you were incredible! So sorry you have been struck down with laryngitis hope you make a speedy recovery,” a third person commented.

Sheridan has received impressive reviews for her performances in the show, which she stars in alongside Jason Donovan and Jac Yarrow at the London Palladium.

Back in 2016, the performer pulled out of her starring role in West End show Funny Girl due to stress and exhaustion. 

Sheridan’s admission about her health comes after she spoke out about Graham Norton making a joke at her expense.

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The former Gavin & Stacey actress spoke out about the quip, which Graham made while he was on stage at the BAFTA TV Awards in 2016.

At the time, Graham told the crowd: “We’re all excited for a couple of drinks tonight. Or, as it’s known in theatrical circles, a few glasses of technical difficulties.” 

The Graham Norton Show host’s swipe took place just days after Sheridan denied being drunk after a showing of Funny Girl was halted 15 minutes in.

Sheridan’s spokesperson told The Telegraph: “I have spoken to my client and this is categorically not true.” 

Reflecting on Graham’s joke, Sheridan recently divulged to Stella Magazine:  “That tipped me over the edge. I lost it. 

“I was in unbelievable distress, trying to keep it all together and then a room full of people in my industry were just laughing at me.”

Shortly after the BAFTAs, Sheridan pulled out of the remaining Funny Girl dates and was replaced by her understudy, with a statement explaining: “The entire team at Funny Girl is thinking of Sheridan, and know she is getting the rest and support she needs during this very difficult and stressful time.” 

Sheridan was struggling with her father Colin’s cancer diagnosis while she played the lead role in the show.

Colin died later that year and the actress told the publication she “couldn’t cope” with her dad’s illness and went to see specialists to help her with stress and anxiety.


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