Art imitates the life of pregnant Sheridan Smith in a hugely successful new ITV series based on & # 39; the current health crisis and its broader impact on & # 39; e British society.
The actress, 38, takes a lead role in Isolation Stories, a collection of four brand new stand-alone episodes born of a novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic that so far has 227,638 lives around the world has ashore.
Expected mother Sheridan plays Mel, a very pregnant young woman who doesn't fit in without her child's married father while she prepares for a threatening birth of her own baby with fiancé Jamie Horn.
Coming soon: Art imitates life for Sheridan Smith in isolation stories, a hard hit new ITV series based on & # 39; the current health crisis and its broader impact on & # 39; e British society
But she recognizes the unique film process needed for her to successfully shoot scenes, while following strict social distance that presented more of a problem than the character whose experiences run a little after mirroring her own.
Reflecting on the shoot that took place in the house she shares with her insurance broker's fiancé, Sheridan acknowledged that it was left to him to set up the production equipment and handle the cameras while they were filmed their scenes.
She explained: & # 39; They dropped off a lot of camera, lighting and sound equipment at the gate, all disinfected. Jamie was then talked through how & # 39; it all worked.
Uncertain times: expectant mother Sheridan plays Mel, a very pregnant young woman who's not in the slot without her child's married father, while preparing for & # 39; a threatening birth of her own baby with fiancé Jamie Horn
& # 39; We always had a crew of people on Zoom with us while filming, and explained to Jamie where & # 39; s the camera's & lighting needed to be placed. He was great and is not in & # 39; sector, so I was so proud of him.
& # 39; He was so good and turned out to be a natural cameraman. They were so impressed that they trusted him to make cameras that aren't even difficult with a great crew.
& # 39; I couldn't help lifting much, at the moment I'm even so heavy that I was in charge of costume, makeup, continuity etc. & # 39;
Unusual: Reflecting on the shoot that took place in the house she shares with her insurance broker fiancé Jamie Horn, Sheridan acknowledged that it was up to him to set up the production materials and the camera & # 39; s to treat
The actress admits she immediately said yes to the project after an initial approach by Oscar-nominated writer and producer Jeff Pope, who was the basis for the series after watching Tina wrestle with coronavirus symptoms.
She said, "I am very pregnant and isolated from home, so I jumped at the chance to create a drama about the massive drama that is happening around us right now.
& # 39; I think it's really important to try to reflect what's happening to us while it's still there. & # 39;
Inspiration: Sheridan was approached by Oscar-nominated writer and producer Jeff Pope, who laid the foundations for the series after seeing Tina's wife struggling with coronavirus symptoms
Six weeks of suspended mandates by government have also made Sheridan acutely aware of her happiness in having Jamie, while character Mel has an uncertain future ahead of her without the father of her children, and without her family – who's not her have left.
& # 39; I was lucky to get the baby soon, so it was a focus for me, & # 39; she said. & # 39; I think it would be difficult for people like the character I play in the drama to not be on their own. And it's obviously difficult for all families to keep separate at the moment, so I count myself lucky and we have now adapted to this new & # 39; normal & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Applause for the caregivers and seeing all the wonderful situations that have happened have put things in perspective. It's a very sad time for so many.
& # 39; But people who come together to encourage each other to stay strong have been a wonderful thing to witness. & # 39;
Robert and Tom Glenister, Eddie Marsan, Angela Griffin, Darren Boyd, David Threlfall, Michael Jibson, Leanne Best and Philip Jackson will also perform in & # 39; the new four-part series.
Relationship stories will air at 9 a.m. four consecutive nights on ITV1 from Monday, May 4.