Sheridan Smith is battling to lose weight after her 'Moorside' role

There’s no business like showbiz but it can be a tough calling, as Sheridan Smith has discovered.

There aren’t many careers out there that would demand you to pile on the pounds and then ditch them again on a whim and the 35-year-old actress has admitted that she is struggling to lose weight after she “bulked up” last year for her lead role in ‘Moorside’.

Sheridan Smith at the Olivier Awards (WENN)

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The star wanted to make her portrayal of Karen Matthews’ best friend Julie in the BBC drama, which is based on the shocking disappearance of Shannon Matthews in 2008, as real as possible so agreed to pile on the pounds in time for filming last year, but has admitted she’s finding it really tough to beat the bulge and she still has “a load” to lose.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, she said: “I put on some weight for ‘The Moorside’ and I’ve still got a load, but I’m trying to lose it.

“I wanted to get into the character and became very good friends with Julie. Julie is a lot taller than me so it was about bulking up.”

Sheridan Smith and her dad Colin in 2012 (Photo: Dan Wooller/REX/Shutterstock)

The blonde beauty has played numerous roles throughout the course of her career – including on television and on stage – but she prefers to take on “real life characters”.

She added to The Sun: “I really do like real life characters and I keep doing it. Everytime I get a script and it’s not a real life person I’m like ‘hmmm’.

Sheridan Smith has struggled to shed the weight she gained for ‘Moorside’ (Photo: Leslie Jones/WENN)

“I mean, I’ll still do those roles that are fictional but there’s something about getting under the skin and doing a role and getting to know them that I love. I know that sounds really weird and actory. I usually get a bit obsessed by the real person.

“I think maybe I just enjoy losing myself in other people rather than just being me. But that’s something that I love and I’m just so honoured that they would let me get to know them and play them. It’s a massive trust thing for them.”

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