Sheridan Smith stars as her own mum in Little Crackers!

by Lynn Connolly

Former Gavin and Stacey and Two Pints star Sheridan Smith is starring in Sky1’s Little Crackers series of short festive shows, playing the role of her own mum!

Sheridan’s mother Marilyn is a real life Country & Western singer, and in Little Crackers, we’ll see how at the tender age of six, Sheridan got her first taste of being on stage when she sang with her mum and her father, who is in The Dalton Johns band.

Click ‘Read more’ to see a clip of Sheridan singing with her dad’s band…


In Little Crackers, Sheridan is reunited with her Royle Family and Two Pints co-star Ralf Little, who’ll play the role of her dad.

Of that, Sheridan told the Sun, “When this came up I thought, ‘Wow, Ralf could play my dad.

“He’s Northern, he’s funny and he can play the guitar.’ He jumped at the chance.”

And while speaking to Sky about the show, Sheridan explained, “It’s a crazy little story told from my perspective and it’s a bit Roald Dahl-esque in places.

“It’s set when I was six and that’s when I first joined my mum and dad on stage, and it was quite unusual to have parents who were country and western performers.

“That was their living, they gigged seven nights a week while they brought up me and my brothers.

“I remember that when they went to work I’d be so sad and would watch at the window and I wanted to go with them so badly.

“I remember the baby-sitter being horrible, which I’m sure she wasn’t really, but through the eyes of a six-year-old who wanted to be with her parents she was pretty awful.”

And when asked, “What was it like growing up with parents who were/are quite legendary on the local circuit?” Sheridan said, “It was brilliant and bonkers, which is why I wanted to tell the story.

“Everyone in the village knew who my mum and dad were and they’ve built quite a following over the years.

“When everyone back at home watches this, they’ll have a bit of a giggle.

“My mum and dad still gig every Wednesday, so they’re rushing back from set tonight to go and do the club, while me and Ralf are performing as them on stage here. It’s mad.

“And then next week, we’re filming me performing with my them up north at home, so that will be an exciting experience for them to have the film crew at the club.

“The punters will love it.”

Sheridan’s episode of Little Crackers airs on Sky 1 on Wednesday, December 21st at 9.15pm, and you can see a preview clip, here.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.