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Tuesday 22 July 2014

Smith channels inner Angelina Jolie

Sheridan Smith channels Angelina Jolie for her latest role

Sheridan Smith has been channelling her inner Angelina Jolie for new film Tower Block.

The former Legally Blonde actress, 30, has been doing her own stunts in the thriller - despite admitting she is actually a "big wimp".

Sheridan has been shooting the film for the past four weeks in east London alongside Being Human's Russell Tovey, Jack O'Connell from Skins and Ralph Brown (Withnail And I).

"I do all my own stunts. Look at me, like Angelina Jolie," she said.

Sheridan said she has had to face some of her fears.

"It's really good fun but it is quite scary though. I'm scared of heights and spiders, and I can't swim - I'm actually just a big wimp - so it is quite terrifying. But I am determined to do it," she added.

After winning the Olivier Award for her performance in the West End production of Legally Blonde and appearing in TV shows like Gavin & Stacey, Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps and Benidorm, Sheridan is thrilled about showing audiences a different side to her.

In Tower Block, directed by first time feature film-makers Ronnie Thompson and James Nunn and written by Doctor Who and Torchwood writer James Moran, Sheridan plays Becky, who comes under attack after she witnesses the murder of a teenager.

"It's so out of my comfort zone, a character like this, and that drew me to the part really. I've never been seen as an action girl," she said.

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