Pregnant Sheridan Smith weeps and cradles her baby bump in an emotional new trailer for ITV’s hardhitting drama Isolation Stories inspired by the coronavirus pandemic
- Sheridan Smith, 38, takes a starring role in ITV’s new drama Isolation Stories
- In a trailer for new series, the heavily pregnant actress weeps and cradles bump
- Plays Mel, a mother-to-be stuck in lockdown without married father of her child
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A heavily pregnant Sheridan Smith weeps and cradles her baby bump in an emotional new trailer for hardhitting ITV drama Isolation Stories.
The actress, 38, takes a starring role in Isolation Stories, a collection of four brand new stand-alone episodes born out of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, which has so far claimed 227,638 lives across the world.
Sheridan – who is expecting her first child with Jamie Horn – stars in the first of the four 15-minute episodes from BAFTA-winning executive producer Jeff Pope, which tells the stories of four different families, inspired by true people, coping through the crisis.
In a new trailer for the drama, Sheridan, who plays Mel in the TV short, can be seen weeping as she video-calls family and discussing her upcoming motherhood.
heridan Smith can be seen weeping and cradling her baby bump in a new trailer released for hardhitting ITV drama Isolation Stories
In the trailer for the drama, which starts tomorrow night, Sheridan’s character Mel can be seen video calling loved-ones from her home.
Upon asking how many people are staying together, she is gutted to learn that there are 11 people isolating together, while she remains alone.
Emotionally, she says: ‘You’ve got 11 people there and you didn’t even ask me.’
And later, she is seen crying while speaking on the phone with someone about motherhood.
Uncertain times: Expectant mum Sheridan plays Mel, a heavily pregnant young woman stuck in lockdown without the married father of her child, while preparing for the imminent birth of her own baby with fiancé Jamie Horn
In another scene in the ITV drama, Sheridan can be seen lounging around her home while trying to comfort herself
Director Jeff previously told how viewers will find her episode very emotional as the actress reveals her baby bump on camera for the first time.
He said: ‘She had an enormous bump which makes an appearance at the end of the… She unveils this amazing… Then you see it – then she pulls it up, and it’s a very emotional moment at the end.’
Of Sheridan’s decision to take the role while heavily pregnant herself, he added: ‘She’s in very good health. She’s not got pre-eclampsia or any of those conditions that would be dangerous.’
Reflecting on the shoot, which took place in the home she shares with her insurance broker fiancé, Sheridan admitted it was left to him to set up the production equipment and handle the cameras while she filmed her scenes.
In another moment, Sheridan’s character video calls a loved-one while isolating alone in her apartment
She explained: ‘They dropped off lots of camera, lighting and sound equipment at the gate, all disinfected. Jamie was then talked through how it all worked.
‘We had a crew of people on Zoom with us at all times during filming, explaining to Jamie where to place the cameras and lighting, he was amazing and isn’t in the industry so I was so proud of him.
‘He was so good and turned out to be a natural cameraman. They were so impressed that they trusted him to do camera shots that are even tricky with a whole crew.
A heavily pregnant Sheridan is left devastated as a loved-one tells her that they are isolating with 11 people in the house
‘I couldn’t help much with lifting, currently being so pregnant myself, so I was in charge of costume, make up, continuity etc.’
The actress admits she immediately said yes to the project after an initial approach from Oscar nominated writer and producer Pope, who laid the foundations for the series after watching wife Tina struggle with coronavirus symptoms.
She said: ‘I am heavily pregnant and have been isolating at home so I jumped at the chance to make a drama about the massive drama going on all around us right now.
Unusual: Reflecting on the shoot, which took place in the home she shares with her insurance broker fiancé Jamie Horn, Sheridan admitted it was left to him to set up the production equipment and handle the cameras
‘I think it’s really important to try and reflect what’s happening to us whilst it is still.’
Six weeks of government mandated lockdown has also made Sheridan acutely aware of her good fortune in having Jamie, while character Mel faces an uncertain future without the father of her child, and without her family – who have abandoned her.
‘I’m lucky I have the baby coming soon so it’s been a focus for me,’ she said. ‘I think it would be hard for people like the character I play in the drama, as she is on her own. And obviously it’s hard for all the families being kept apart at the minute, so I count myself lucky and we have adapted to this new “normal” for now.
Inspiration: Sheridan was approached by Oscar nominated writer and producer Jeff Pope, who laid the foundations for the series after watching wife Tina struggle with coronavirus symptoms
‘Clapping for the carers and watching all the beautiful situations happening have put things into perspective. It’s a terribly sad time for so many.
‘But people coming together encouraging each other to stay strong has been a wonderful thing to witness.’
Robert and Tom Glenister, Eddie Marsan, Angela Griffin, Darren Boyd, David Threlfall, Michael Jibson, Leanne Best and Philip Jackson will also feature in the new four-part series.
Isolation Stories will air at 9pm for four consecutive nights on ITV1 from Monday May 4th.
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