Sheridan Smith has opened up on her struggles with substance abuse, revealing she was rushed to A&E in 2016 after coming off anxiety medication.
The actress admitted that she was addicted to anti-anxiety medication and suffered seizures when she stopped taking it after feeling “humiliated” by a joke at the 2016 TV BAFTA awards ceremony.
Sheridan Smith, 39, who was nominated for The C Word movie at the awards, claimed that she “went off the deep end” after host Graham Norton made a joke at her expense.
The West End star, who recently gave birth to her first child with fiancé Jamie Horn, has filmed a new documentary called Sheridan Smith: Becoming Mum, which is scheduled to air on ITV on 1 September at 9 pm, reports Independent.
In the documentary, Sheridan recalled the incident after the 2016 TV BAFTA’s, during which a joke made at her expense led to her immediately stopping taking the pills which she was addicted to, with dangerous consequences, reports HuffPost.
“Graham Norton was hosting and made a joke at my expense about me being a drunk… I was so humiliated. It’s a room full of your peers, people you want to work with or have worked with.,” Sheridan Smith explained.
“That night, for me, was like the final straw before my brain totally went off the deep end.”
She continued: “What people didn’t realize is that I’d become addicted to anti-anxiety tablets. That night I took myself off to a hotel on my own. In my crazy mind, I thought, ‘I’ll stop taking the tablets myself’. I went there and just stopped my tablets.”
“Weirdly, a friend of mine had rung me and she came to the hotel. It’s a miracle she did. It’s like someone was looking out for me because what I didn’t realize is that if you stop these tablets abruptly, you seizure,” she added.
“I seizured five times and got rushed to A&E and she’s the one who got me breathing again.”
Sheridan Smith, who welcomed her first child with fiance Jamie Horn earlier this year, says the aim of her documentary was to help women concerned about past mental health issues resurfacing during pregnancy.
The documentary reportedly follows her throughout her pregnancy, attending scans and pre-natal classes and her sessions with a specialist therapist.