Four Lives viewers have praised Sheridan Smith on her strong performance in the BBC One drama, describing her portrayal as ‘haunting’.
In the three-part series, the actor plays Sarah Sak, the mother of Anthony Walgate, one the young gay men killed by Stephen Port, otherwise known as the Grindr Killer, played by Stephen Merchant.
The families of the victims sought justice when the police failed them, with Port receiving a life sentence in November 2016.
Sheridan recently opened up about the emotional toll the role had on her, saying that ‘every night I was going home in bits, crying’.
‘I have so much respect for her and what she must have gone through. I really beat myself up with it because I want to do a good job for them,’ she said.
Viewers were in awe of her powerful portrayal of Sarah, with whom she formed a ‘connection’ in real life.
One person described Sheridan as ‘brill’, while another commended her on her ‘powerful performance’.
‘Sheridan Smith is an amazing actress there isn’t a role she can’t play,’ someone else remarked, while another stated: ‘Once again @Sheridansmith1 is superb.’
One viewer tagged Sheridan in a message on Twitter, writing: ‘Your portrayal of Anthony’s mam is haunting. The pain the poor woman suffered and the families of those who followed.’
With Port receiving a whole-life order six years ago, an inquest into the four deaths concluded with a jury ruling that failings by the Met Police contributed to the deaths of Port’s final three victims.
Four Lives writer Neil McKay told Metro.co.uk that it was an ‘enormous privilege’ to talk to the victims’ families.
‘I have to pay tribute to the courage they showed in telling their stories so openly and frankly,’ he said.
‘You meet them at moments in their lives where difficult things were going on. Part of the tragedy is that those secrets become exposed.
‘What was so brilliant about the families was that they didn’t try to censor us. They wanted us to tell the stories truthfully and accurately because, in the end, there was nothing to hide.’
Four Lives returns tomorrow at 9pm on BBC One and is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
Credit: Original article published here.