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Sheridan Smith has revealed she almost gave up performing following the death of her dad Colin Smith.
In 2016, the 36-year-old actress was left devastated by the loss of her dad and pulled out of an appearance at the Royal Variety Performance shortly afterwards, sparking concern among her fans.
Her parents – Colin and Marilyn – formed the Country and Western duo, The Daltons, and Sheridan and her brother Damian, who is part of the band The Torn, often performed with them on stage.
On Tuesday night, during a show at the Royal Albert Hall as part of her sell-out tour which follows the release of self-titled album Sheridan, the tearful actress told the audience: "I did the album for my dad.
"There was a time, as everyone goes through, I kind of just lost it and I was totally going to give it all up.
"And the reason I didn’t is you guys. I’ve met so many of you guys and you’re the reason I get up. You’re so supportive."
Introducing a rendition of This Is Me from the film The Greatest Showman, she said: "This next song I would like to dedicate to my daddy. If my dad was here he would be saying shake every single one of your hands, he was so proud."
Sheridan opened her show with a rendition of Crazy by Gnarls Barkley and concluded it with an encore of I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor.
Throughout the performance she also treated fans to renditions of 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton and Shirley Bassey’s Big Spender.
Following the show, Sheridan was then joined at an after-party attended by a bunch of her celebrity pals.
Pictures show the smiling 36-year-old posing with the likes of Julien MacDonald and Meg Matthews.
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