Sheridan Smith has started filming new ITV event drama, No Return, in her first work project since splitting from her fiancé Jamie Horn.
The award-winning actress, who has starred in television dramas such as Cilla, Mrs Biggs and The C Word, will be joined by Louis Ashbourne Serkis who is best known for his role in the 2019 fantasy adventure film The Kid Who Would Be King.
The 2022 drama focuses on themes such as parental love, guilt and grievances with Sheridan and Louis set to play mother and son, Kathy and 16-year-old Noah, and shooting has come shortly after news of the split broke.
New role: Sheridan Smith has started filming new ITV event drama, No Return, in her first work project since splitting from her fiancé Jamie Horn (pictured in May)
Also joining the cast is Olivier Award winning actor Michael Jibson, who won Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his performance as King George III in Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. He will play Martin, Kathy’s husband and father to Noah.
The series is directed by John Alexander, with the plot centred on a family looking forward to an idyllic all-inclusive luxury break in Turkey to enjoy the sun and sea.
However, due to the current travel restrictions in place for Turkey, the production team will be filming the drama in Spain, Manchester and Bolton.
‘It’s great to be working with the wonderful John Alexander again and we’re excited to be starting production.’
Breakup: The star is reportedly ‘devastated’ by her split from fiancé Jamie Horn
Family members, Kathy and Martin, their son Noah and younger daughter Jessica (Lily Sutcliffe) are blissfully unaware of the horrific ordeal about to unfold.
Kathy and Martin’s world spectacularly falls apart when they are left desperately fighting for their son’s freedom against extremely challenging circumstances.
Richard Fee, who is co-producer of the series along with Nicola Shindler and writer Danny, said: ‘We are thrilled to be making for ITV. Danny has such a brilliant way of making an extraordinary situation feel completely relatable, and finding warmth and humour in even the most difficult circumstances.
Sheridan expressed her excitement with fans via Instagram: ‘Day 1 today! This is an AMAZING drama, so grateful to be part of it! #NoReturn @itv’.
Duo: The actress will be joined by Louis Ashbourne Serkis (pictured above) who is best known for his role in the 2019 fantasy adventure film The Kid Who Would Be King
Sarah Doole, CEO of Red Production Company added: ‘With holidays off the cards for most people for the last 18 months, you would think this story would be a dream holiday, but Danny succeeds in delivering a gripping and heart-wrenching script of the holiday from hell. We can’t wait to bring it to life for ITV viewers.’
The upcoming series reveal comes as it was reported that Sheridan has been left ‘devastated’ by her split from Jamie.
She recently revealed that she parted ways from her husband-to-be Jamie, 31, ‘with great sadness’, just over a year after they welcomed their first child Billy together.
A source told OK! magazine: ‘Sheridan is struggling to get through the split. She put him out there for everyone to see and she really thought he was The One.’
Co-star: Also joining the cast is Olivier award winning actor Michael Jibson, who won Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his performance as King George III in Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton
It was also claimed the split from back the pain Sheridan felt after losing her father Colin who passed away in 2016 following a battle with cancer.
They said: ‘She had the public falling out with his mother and they got through all of that, but sadly it hasn’t worked out. She’s devastated. This has brought back all the feelings of missing her dad because he was her tower of strength.
‘In her heart she’s hoping they can make it right, but it doesn’t look like there’s any way back. They have a baby together and it’s tough. She’s heartbroken.’
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Sheridan for comment.
Day 1: The mother-of-one took to Instagram to share her excitement at being part of the new drama
The couple met on the dating app Tinder in 2018 and reportedly got engaged just three months later.
The couple told The Sun: ‘It is with great sadness that we have decided to have some time apart. We both remain completely committed to raising our beautiful boy Billy together. We ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time. Thank you.’
The pair appeared in a one-off ITV documentary last year called Sheridan Smith: Becoming Mum which followed her pregnancy.
Jamie reportedly proposed to Sheridan in May 2018 with a £10,000 ring, and the couple have been residing in a rented property in North London together since.
The couple were first spotted together in March 2018, and Sheridan revealed she had a new man in her life during her country-wide tour soon after.
Spit: She recently revealed that she parted ways from her husband-to-be Jamie, 31, ‘with great sadness’, just over a year after they welcomed their first child Billy together (pictured in 2020)
Crooning out Rufus Wainwright’s Dinner at Eight on stage in Cardiff, she told the crowds: ‘Right that song — that was my fella’s favourite. Oh, did I not tell you? I’ve got a fella.
‘Don’t act so f***ing surprised, thank you. I know, you think it won’t last — it probably won’t. Anyway, that was his favourite song.’
The couple then reportedly got engaged in May 2018, with a source telling The Sun at the time that she was ‘head over heels in love.’
The insider said: ‘Jamie is very serious about her. He has introduced Sheridan to his mum already. She doesn’t wear the ring on her finger, she’s got a necklace. She wears it there because she doesn’t want people to see that she’s got a ring.’
Close: The couple were first spotted together in March 2018, and Sheridan revealed she had a new man in her life during her country-wide tour soon after (pictured in 2019)
MailOnline contacted a representative for Sheridan for comment at the time.
The source continued: ‘Sheridan wants to be with him whenever possible, including at work. They’ve even bought a dog together, which shows how serious she is about marrying him.’
In an interview with Vogue in March 2016, Sheridan lamented her failed pursuit at finding love, admitting she doesn’t pick men well.
Speaking to Emily Sheffield for the monthly glossy about her chequered romantic experiences with men, the blonde starlet is quoted: ‘What can I say? I don’t pick them very well.’
New parents: The actress and former insurance broker Jamie welcomed their first son Billy, in May 2020
It comes after Sheridan recently revealed that her and Jamie were ‘in a daze’ following the birth of their boy last year as they struggled with a lack of sleep.
The actress also told how a shortage of outside help due to the restrictions of the pandemic made things slightly harder as new parents, as she joked that the pair were ‘walking around like zombies.’
Speaking to the i newspaper about parenthood, she said: ‘It’s surreal. You’re kind of walking around in a bit of a daze. If it hadn’t been a pandemic we would have had more people to rely on so we could both go and get some rest; but thank goodness we had each other.’
She went on to saw that her insurance broker beau Jamie, 31, ‘took a lot of time’ to care for their little one too, meaning she got to sleep in between breastfeeding.
Meeting: The couple met on the dating app Tinder in 2018 and reportedly got engaged just three months later
But she noted that despite their teamwork, they were still extremely tired, stating: ‘We were walking around like zombies and we didn’t really know what day it was. When there’s this bundle of joy, though, the good times make up for the bad.’
She added that at the time, it was just the three of them together and they didn’t have others to ‘rely on’, so they simply ‘got on with it’.
The Two Pints Of Lager favourite, who has recently started filming for The Railway Children remake, also told how partner Jamie had taken over night duties so that she can head back to work.
Sheridan said: ‘I’ve been working, so Billy’s dad does the nights at the minute. When I was gradually going back to work I was finding that not sleeping and then heading into work was hard.’
The star added that she’s been ‘lucky’ and has been attempting to get a ‘good night’s sleep’ while caring for her 13-month-old boy.
Candid: In an interview with Vogue in March 2016, Sheridan lamented her failed pursuit at finding love, admitting she doesn’t pick men well