Sheridan Smith will lend her voice to an ‘important’ Channel 4 documentary about homeless children in America airing a day before the United States presidential election.
The OBE winner will narrate American Nightmare: Trump’s Breadline Kids, which was filmed over the course of four months amid both the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests against racial injustice and police brutality.
‘I’m privileged to be narrating,’ the actress said.
‘It’s important to remember we live in a global world and we need to look out for each other. It’s therefore important that children and families are able to lift themselves out of extreme poverty.
‘It’s no good being a prospering world with the level of poverty that exists. I hope people will watch this film and be inspired by the children it features telling their own stories’
The heartbreaking doc follows five young people struggling to survive, including 13-year-old Shawn in Ohio, who lives in a small trailer with his mother Crystal, and one-year-old sister Dior, while his brother Edward, 15, lives with his grandparents due to a lack of space.
The family survive on food stamps to live but are hit by food shortages during the pandemic.
It also follows Kyah, 14, her sister Kelia, 18 and their mother Becky, who have become part of America’s hidden homeless.
Becky couldn’t pay the rent after losing her job at the start of the pandemic and, since then, the family have been sofa-surfing and many of their possessions were auctioned off when Becky could no longer afford to make payments to the storage company that had been holding them.
The TV special sounds like a must-watch, so make sure you have a box of tissues at the ready before tuning in on November 2.
American Nightmare isn’t Sheridan’s first foray into documentaries: she was flooded with praise in September for Becoming Mum, which followed her pregnancy journey.
She will also co-star alongside David Walliams in a twisted take on Jack and the Beanstalk this Christmas.
American Nightmare: Trump’s Breadline Kids is on Channel 4 on November 2 at 10pm.
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