Sheridan Smith: ‘We might name our baby Colin’

As Sheridan Smith prepares for the birth of her son, she tells Closer about names, her fiancé Jamie Horn and going back to work

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by Julie Ann Trainor |
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She kept a low profile when she first confirmed her pregnancy but, at seven months, Sheridan Smith wowed fans with a rare public appearance last week.

Cosying up to her fiancé Jamie Horn at the launch of new show Pretty Woman in London, the actress – who has battled alcohol issues, depression and exhaustion, following the death of her beloved dad Colin from cancer in 2016 – was glowing in a chic all-black outfit.

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Sheridan says fiance Jamie is "the best" ©Getty Images

And speaking to Closer, Sheridan, 38 – whose son is due in May – revealed she hadn’t suffered any of the downsides of pregnancy so far, saying, "I’m feeling really good. I haven’t had any pregnancy cravings yet. I’ve had quite an easy ride. I had a bit of morning sickness in the beginning, but I’ve been quite lucky."

It’s the star’s first child with Jamie, who she met on Tinder in 2018. Revealing how she and her 28-year-old fiancé are busy nesting, she adds, "Honestly, Jamie has been looking after me so well – he’s the best. He does everything while I’m just sat at home with the dogs and baking a baby. I’ve got an easy life!

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She was glowing during a night out at the theatre last week ©Getty Images

"We’ve been discussing names. I think all the names we’ve got so far have been pretty traditional. We thought about naming him after my dad, but my dad’s called Colin, which is a bit… Well, as much as we miss him and love him, it’s like, ‘Storm, River… Colin?!’ But you never know."

And the Bafta award-winning actress reveals she suspects her son may take after her and be a performer, too. “I went to the theatre the other night and he did not stop kicking – he loves musicals,” she laughs.

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Mathew Horne - a.k.a Gavin, then

Viewers saw Mathew's character, Gavin, fall in love with Stacey pretty quickly - he drove all the way to Barry to surprise her after their night together. We saw the couple laugh, row and welcome a baby. N'aww.

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And this is him now...

Mathew's come a long way from playing good ol' Gav - he's now playing Young Mr Grace in Are You Being Served and continues to collaborate with James Corden on a number of projects which included hosting The Brits in 2009.

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Joanna Page - a.k.a Stacey, then

Joanna smashed it as Stacey; the bubbly girl from Barry who got engaged five (yes, five) times before she met the love of her life Gavin. Bless her.

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And this is her now...

Similar to her character Stacey, Joanna settled down in real life too and is now mum to three children - a daughter, Eva, and her two sons, Kit and Noah.

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James Corden - a.k.a Smithy, then

Err, James Cordon as Smithy was absolutely hilarious tbh. He kept us entertained with his dancing, love for Gavin and love/hate relationship with Nessa.

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And this is him now... (along with the star of one of his majorly successful Carpool Karaoke's, Selena Gomez)

Do we really need to fill you in on this one? No, probably not, because he's everywhere. But incase you've been in hiding under a rock for the past few years, James has been doing pretty much EVERYTHING and has a majorly successful US TV programme - The Late Late show.

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Ruth Jones - a.k.a Nessa, then

Oh, what's occurring? Need we say more? Ruth was brilliant as Nessa; fierce and hilarious and as much as we saw how happy she was with Dave, we always knew Smithy was the one that truly had her heart.

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And this is her now...

She is arguably one of the funniest Welsh people to have ever lived, and since Gavin and Stacey Ruth has lived in Cardiff with her husband and three grown-up stepchildren.The actress has also been appointed an MBE - go Ruth!

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Larry Lamb - a.k.a Mick Shipman, then

Larry is a prime example of a good actor. Despite seeing him play Archie Mitchell in EastEnders, we couldn't help but fall in love with Mick from Essex. Unlike Archie Mitchell, Mick actually loved his family...

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And this is him now...

Since Gavin and Stacey, Larry has embarked upon all kinds of work; he appeared in New Tricks and I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! alongside Scarlett Moffatt.

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Alison Steadman - a.k.a Pamela Shipman, then

Alison's character Pam was probably the most iconic of them all. We loved her that she made to pretend to be a vegetarian up until the Christmas special where she finally told everyone she was eating meat - they all (minus Gwen) knew.

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And this is her now...

Since Gavin and Stacey ended, Alison has appeared in Orphan Black in 2015 and currently lives in Highgate, London with her partner Michael Elwyn.

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Rob Brydon - a.k.a Bryn West, then

Ahh, Rob as Bryn was an absolute classic. There's so many hilarious moments of him to choose from but whenever we think of him our first thought is, of course, the Gavin and Stacey fishing trip...

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And this is him now...

Long gone are the days of Bryn as a humble telly actor. Rob has since gone on to star in Hollywood movies including The Huntsmen: Winter's War (he played Gryff) and he played Master Phineus in the real life version of Cinderella.

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With her late father Colin ©Getty Images

Sheridan has suffered a difficult few years. In 2016, she took a hiatus from the spotlight, including her role in the West End show Funny Girl, amid accusations she was drunk on stage.

She later admitted her dad’s cancer diagnosis led to her having a “massive meltdown”, and contributing to “mental health problems”.

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More recently, Sheridan – who played Rudi, the loudmouth sister of James Corden’s Smithy in Gavin & Stacey – was left out of the BBC show’s highly-anticipated Christmas special.

Yet she insists there’s no hard feelings between her and James – her ex-boyfriend who created the show – and joked she wants to reprise their famous on-screen rapping scene of Kanye West and Estelle’s American Boy.

“I loved the Christmas special of Gavin & Stacey,” she says. “I need to go back [on it] with a rap! James and I haven’t been in touch. He lives in America, but we wish each other well all the time. If I saw him – if he was here now – we’d hug each other. I’ve got a lot of love for him.”

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