Sheridan Smith’s role as Cilla Black has been nominated for an International Emmy

The actress' performance as the late Liverpudlian star was nominated for a Bafta and won a National Television Award — and now Smith is being honoured across the pond...

Sheridan Smith has been nominated for an international Emmy for her role as Cilla Black in ITV’s drama about the late singer’s journey to fame.


Set in ’60s rock and roll Britain, when the Beatles had just been signed, the Jeff Pope-scripted Cilla followed the one woman to come out of the Liverpool music scene during this time.

In her role as the Blind Date presenter, who died in August this year, Smith also sang her classics including Anyone Who Had a Heart and You’re My World during the three-part series, receiving a Bafta nomination and a National Television Award in Britain.

And it’s a good year for British nods at the US awards, which honour excellence in TV programming outside the US, with Rafe Spall nominated for his role in the Christmas episode of Charlie Brooker’s dystopian Black Mirror and Channel 4’s My Mad Fat Diary up for best drama.

Sky’s 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy, a six-part series in which TV presenter Baz Ashmawy takes his mum on extreme adventures around the world, is also nominated in the Non-Scripted Entertainment category while Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes will receive the International Emmy founders award at the ceremony in New York on 23 November.


Other British programmes nominated are the BBC’s Growing Up Down’s, up for best documentary, and Messiah at the Foundling Hospital, nominated for arts programming.