Sheridan Smith to play Cilla Black

Sheridan Smith to play Cilla Black

Sheridan Smith has been cast as Cilla Black in a new TV mini-series.

The actress will play singer-turned-TV star Black in director Jeff Pope's new drama, which will chronicle the entertainment industry veteran's early career and her links to the Beatles.Black was a friend of Ringo Starr when he replaced Pete Best in the band and urged manager Brian Epstein to sign the young talent.She celebrated 50 years in showbusiness in 2013.Sheridan says: "Her life story is fascinating. I'm so excited and can't wait to start filming."

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