Sheridan Smith will star in BBC One drama, "The Moorside Project" (working title) which is due to commence filming this Spring.
Sheridan will star as Julie – chair of the Moorside residents and tenants association and prominent in the desperate search to find Shannon Matthews. Sheridan will be joined by Sian Brooke as friend and neighbour Natalie, Siobhan Finneran who will be playing Christine Freeman, and Gemma Whelan as Karen Matthews. This drama will give a fresh perspective on a front page story we all remember, focusing not on the crime itself but on the community that lived through it.
The two-part drama will reveal how a group of women brought their community together in their attempt to find a child who disappeared in their midst. The focus of the drama is on the spirit and determination of the women at the forefront of the campaign and the impact on them when the truth about Shannon's disappearance was finally revealed.