Sheridan Smith in The C Word: First Look
The BBC has released its first pictures of Sheridan Smith in The C Word.
The upcoming one-off drama for BBC One sees Smith take on the role of real life breast cancer sufferer Lisa Lynch, who wrote the book of the same name, on which the programme is based.
Lynch, who passed away in 2013 at the age of 33, asked Smith to play her in a Twitter message several years ago.
“Her zest for life was infectious. I was moved and inspired by her courage and bravery. I couldn’t help but love her. That’s why I want to tell her story,” said Smith of her inspiration.
“I’m so sad that Lisa won’t get to see the finished drama, having been so involved in the development of it. I’m honoured and humbled that she wanted me to play her on screen, and I hope that I will make her proud.”
Filming The C Word was particularly cathartic for the actress, who says she drew on memories of her own brother Julian’s death from cancer when he was eighteen and she was eight.
Speaking about a scene in which Lisa is carried out of a bath, too weak to get out by herself, Smith recalled: “We weren’t sure whether to put it in until the last minute because Lisa was so upbeat and light. But you have got to show it for real. I remember Mum and Dad carrying Julian up and down to the bath. So it is very real. You have to show that. But it was the therapy scenes I found the hardest. When I first read the script it was a different, happy ending”.
The C Word will air on BBC One in May.