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Hollyoaks and Doctor Who star Bruce Montague dies aged 83 as tributes pour in

READ MORE: Pop Idol star Darius Campbell Danesh found dead in US apartment aged 41The sad news was announced by his agent who wrote a heartfelt statement that said: "We are very sad to report that the glorious Bruce Montague has passed away."Such a gentleman and he will be sorely missed. What a talent and what a career on stage and screen! From Butterflies to more recently Funny Girl and 42nd St.

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Sheridan Smith quits judging job on ITV talent show Starstruck after just one series
Sheridan Smith has reportedly quit the talent show Starstruck. The actress and singer was a judge on the first season of the ITV series, which debuted this year and was a big hit with viewers.But according to the Daily Mail she will not be back for another run of the show, which sees members of the public getting makeovers and performing as chart superstars.READ MORE: Sheridan Smith raked in almost £300,000 starring in major lockdown showsThe publication said Sheridan, 41, had left because of a clash with an acting job.An ITV spokesperson was quoted as saying: "We would have loved Sheridan to have returned to the show but she has sadly had to decline due to scheduling conflicts with a new acting project."The team absolutely loved working with her, she was a fantastic judge and provided some invaluable feedback to the contestants.""We wish her all the best," they added.Starstruck started earlier this year and went down a storm with viewers.The show, which was modelled on the old Stars In Their Eyes format, was hosted by Olly Murs and the judges were Sheridan, comedian Jason Manford and singers Beverley Knight and Adam Lambert.So far it isn't known whether the other panellists are returning to the contest.ITV did not say which acting project Sheridan would be busy with, but the star is certainly in demand.The blonde - who is mum to a two-year-old son - successfully juggles a music career with big screen and TV roles and theatre work.For more of the latest showbiz news from Daily Star, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.She has worked on several television shows of late, including BBC drama Four Lives and Channel 5 series The Teacher.
Cilla Black's tragic death- eery prediction, alone for hours and star-studded funeral
Cilla Black was one of the most iconic British celebrities ever to grace our airwaves and screens.Born in Liverpool on May 27 1943, the legend started out as a singer in 1963 before going on to enjoy an incredible career of over 50 years in showbiz - where she received an OBE in 1997 for her services to entertainment.In the later years of her career, she became a famous TV presenter, hosting hit shows like Blind Date, Surprise Surprise and The Moment of Truth. Read More: Cilla Black and Ken Dodd gravestones vandalised with 'offensive' graffitiAfter securing multiple number one singles during her career, she also cemented her status as a beloved TV personality amid appearances on ITV's Loose Women.Sadly, Cilla passed away on August 1 2015 at the age of 72 - after being found dead by her eldest son Robert on the terrace of her luxury Spanish holiday home in the Costa del Sol, Spain.A haunting BAFTAs speech in 2014 saw Cilla predict her own death as she joked with the crowd while discussing Sheridan Smith's role in her life documentary: "Maybe I should die next year".She was honoured with the BAFTA Special award in 2014 and got a standing ovation as she stepped up to accept it from friend Paul O'Grady.At the time Cilla said: "My life is flashing before me. It's a great honour, as is getting the BAFTA, that somebody in your own lifetime plays you."Sheridan Smith is a BAFTA-winning actress herself and I feel so honoured and so pleased.
Two Pints of Lager 'most politically correct comedy BBC in 20 years', says writer
Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps is the most politically correct BBC comedy of the last 20 years, according to writer Susan Nickson.The laddish sitcom, which starred Ralf Little, Will Mellor, Sheridan Smith, Natalie Casey and Kathryn Drysdale, aired between 2001 and 2011.And screenwriter Susan has revealed that the BBC Archive department has revisited every episode of the programme to remove any jokes that could be deemed offensive to a modern audience.READ MORE: Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps star Will Mellor says reboot is 'revamped'It is part of a project by BBC Archive to check all culturally significant programming from the last 20 years to ensure any offensive material is omitted from those shows.Susan, 40, has been told that Two Pints has been left intact because “they can’t find anything offensive to take out”, despite its reputation as a “reassuringly offensive” comedy.She said: “The BBC are going through the archives at the minute and having to fillet out anything that’s offensive.“Our brand was, I think the publicity department at the time came up with ‘reassuringly offensive’ to replicate a certain beer brand’s advert.“They’ve gone through an awful lot of comedy programmes over the last 20 years to put in the archives and they’ve taken out things that people might find offensive in 2022 and Two Pints is one of the only shows where they can’t find anything offensive to take out.“Because there’s no racism, there’s no sexism, there’s nothing.”Susan previously revealed that she has an idea for a new series of Two Pints which will focus on ageing best mates Gaz Wilkinson and Jonny Keogh - played by Will and Ralf respectively - and how they are coping in a world where toxic masculinity is being
Sheridan Smith’s ‘jewellery stolen as thieves target trailer on latest sitcom set’
Sheridan Smith has reportedly had jewellery stolen after he trailer was broken into by thieves while she was filming. The actress, 40, is said to be ‘very upset’ by the theft, with items believed to be worth several thousands of pounds being taken. According to reports, Sheridan is thought to have been targeted by a gang of thieves nicknamed the Movie Takers, who are alleged to have committed a string of similar robberies. Police were called on Thursday night to the set of Rosie Molloy Gives Up Everything in West London after Sheridan’s trailer was ransacked while she was filming for the Sky show. An insider told The Sun: ‘This was a very upsetting incident and everyone involved is shocked — but Sheridan is understandably very hurt.‘Fortunately, it wasn’t hugely expensive items, more day-to-day things, but she had left them in her trailer for safety while filming in character and came back to find the place had been turned over.’The source added that similar incidents have happened on other sets, including a high-profile theft of expensive props from the set of Netflix’s royal drama, The Crown.They added that the film and television industry is protected by security guards and people tend to know one another in the industry, so most people are recognised when on set, which means several incidents in quick succession is ‘very unusual’. A spokesperson for the Met Police told the publication: ‘The offence happened at about 11.50pm on May 5.‘Items of jewellery were stolen from trailers in Surbiton.
'Disgraceful!' Sheridan Smith 'very upset' after 'jewellery is robbed' on set of new drama has contacted representatives for Sheridan for comment.The publication also reported that the gang is nicknamed the Movie Takers, claiming the criminals have previously raided other film sets and are thought to have stolen thousands of pounds worth of jewellery.In the new show, Sheridan has the lead role as Rosie, who suffers from anxiety and depression, and the plot follows her efforts to ditch booze and drugs and start afresh.The hotly-anticipated series is expected to hit screens this winter.Sheridan is known for Gavin and Stacey, The Royle Family and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.The star will next be seen on the big screen in The Railway Children Return, an eagerly-anticipated sequel to the 1970s classic.This comes as Sheridan recently revealed that her young son Billy was "the best thing that ever happened to her".She welcomed her son in May 2020 with her ex-fiance Jamie Horn.The pair split in July last year and are believed to be co-parenting their young son.Speaking to Notebook magazine, she said: "I try to take him everywhere with me, he's like my little shadow."We're like two peas in a pod, he's the best thing that's ever happened to me.So long as I keep working and have my little boy with me then I'm happy."She admitted, however, that although she tries to take her son "everywhere" sometimes her gruelling work schedule makes that very hard.But that doesn't mean she is going to quit working, because it keeps her "focused".Sheridan continued: "'Now I’ve got a son, he's always my priority, but things have really changed."Production companies are great and they allow your little ones to come out and stay with you."If work meant I couldn’t see Billy I’d probably cut back, but I love