And Titania is also a role that has given us one of the funniest scenes in Shakespeare, when the fairy queen falls in love with a donkey. He tweeted me at the start asking me if I’d learnt my lines and I tweeted back, “I’ll see your ass in the morning.” We’re getting all the jokes going.’ Smith says they’ve been working on their love scene.‘The thing is, she doesn’t just fall in love with him,’ she says.‘I don’t think men like dogs.’ Then she adds, ‘But dogs are more loyal, they’re less trouble.
Jordan ‘The Hulk’ Ring was on the show a few years ago and caught the eye of The Cilla actress, he claims.
Jordan said that they pair started speaking over social media after he left the dating series, when the 36-year-old tweeted her support for him on the hit ITV show.
'I’m so scared I’m going to be that batty actress who has loads of dogs and smells of wee.
I hope that’s not going to be me, but I’m heading that way.’ So says Sheridan Smith, 32, the Bafta- and double Olivier-winner about to appear as Titania in Michael Grandage’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the West End.
It was thought that it would continue in spite of Aherne's absence, but Ricky Tomlinson also quit the series, to ensure that it did not continue without creator and co-star Aherne's input.
Both Aherne and Tomlinson returned in 2006 for the special "The Queen of Sheba", which Aherne co-wrote.
She played the pink-loving, pooch-cuddling heroine Elle Woods – a part created by Reese Witherspoon in the film from which the show was adapted – so enchantingly that she won her first Olivier for it, in 2011.
Elle hailed from California, whereas Smith comes from ‘a little village called Epworth, right bang between Doncaster and Scunthorpe’; both Elle and Smith are seemingly flighty on the outside, yet possess heart and a steely resolve.
After a few private messages, Jordan claims that the pair swapped phone numbers and they became friends on Twitter and Facebook.
The pair hooked up while Sheridan was staying in London and enjoy a fun night together, he has said.
Although if there was any typecasting in that instance, it was the exception that proves the rule: Smith’s versatility is one of her key assets. But she does have a common denominator, I think: she is a sensual actress. It’s a part of her she seems to be proud of and she brings it to all her work, so audiences get treated to the emotional impact of a part as well as the intellectual.’ It is the versatility combined with the intense emotional depth that explains why this untrained actress, who played the Cheshire chav Janet in BBC Three’s Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps for nine years, is now conquering pinnacle parts of classical theatre such as Hedda Gabler and Titania, queen of the fairies.