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Sheridan Smith To Star As Cilla Black In ITV Three-Part Series
By SP_COP on February 18, 2014 | From www.contactmusic.com
Sheridan Smith To Star As Cilla Black In ITV Three-Part Series Sheridan Smith has signed on to play Cilla Black in an upcoming three-part drama for ITV.

The 32 year-old actress will portray the Liverpool native's "rocky rise to fame and will capture the essence of 1960s Liverpool."

The upcoming series, which was penned by BAFTA winner and 'Philomena' writer Jeff Pope, will focus on her younger years, emerging on the famed Merseyside music scene when she went by her real name, Priscilla Black.

It will also highlight several of Cilla's early relationships, including one with music icons The Beatles, and how their influence and contacts in the industry helped her rise to unexpected heights of fame.

The famous four-piece led Cilla to their manager Brian Epstein, who ultimately ended up falling in love and fighting over her with the 70 year-old's future husband (at the time), Bobby Willis.

Sheridan, who won a BAFTA television award for her role in 'Mrs Biggs', will reunite with the writer John Pope once again.

When speaking on being cast as the legendary TV personality, Smith said, "I am thrilled to be playing Cilla, as she is a British icon.

Adding, "In the 60s, as a young girl from Liverpool, she had numerous number ones and sang with The Beatles, her life story is fascinating."...
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