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Sheridan Smith burst into tears over role in ITV’s chilling new drama No Return: ‘This has never been done’

Sheridan Smith was in tears rehearsing No Return (Picture: ITV)

Sheridan Smith was in tears while rehearsing her latest role as mother desperately fighting for her son’s freedom in ITV drama No Return.

Written by Shameless and Brassic scribe Danny Brocklehurst, No Return follows a family holiday taking an unthinkable turn when Kathy (Smith) and her husband Martin (Michael Jibson) spend some much needed time together.

However, when their 16-year-old son Noah (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) accepts a seemingly innocent invitation from fellow holiday go-er Rosie, the trip swiftly becomes the holiday from hell.

Suddenly Kathy and Martin’s world spectacularly falls apart when they are left fighting for their son’s freedom against an arrest, an expensive and alien legal system, looming media coverage and resistance from fellow holidaymakers.

Ahead of No Return’s launch, Smith said she’d never read anything like this script before.

‘I read it and was gripped,’ she said. ‘I had to know what happened. And it instantly gave me that jelly belly feeling of, ‘What would you do in that situation?’”

 ‘It’s ordinary people in an extraordinary situation. And Kathy is an amazing lead role. I was just instantly like, ‘Wow’, and was very honoured to be asked.

Kathy and Martin’s holiday from hell takes chilling turn (Picture: ITV)

‘She’s a great character. Fiercely loyal; fiercely protective, and someone I could relate to.’

She continued: ‘I instantly thought that this has never been done. I’ve never read anything like this before. And from the minute [Kathy’s 16-year old son] Noah was arrested, that’s it.

‘Four hours of intense, high drama.’

‘I’ve never read anything like this before’ (Picture: ITV)

Smith said she’s never experienced a rehearsal like this one and was moved to tears.

‘There’s a huge pressure to then bring it to life once you get on set,’ she said. ‘I cried all the way through the read-though.

‘There’s a pressure there and I really wanted to do my best for [producer Nicola Shindler] and Danny.’

Executive Producer, Nicola Shinder, said: ‘I am delighted to be working with Danny again on these fantastic scripts.

‘He makes the audience ask, “what if that were my holiday, my child?” in a thrilling way. And we are so lucky to have Sheridan and the rest of this very talented cast to bring this story to life.’

No Return airs on ITV later this year.

Credit: Original article published here.

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