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Sheridan Smith Sports Shaved Head As Cancer Blogger Lisa Lynch In First 'The C Word' Photo (PICS)

13/04/2015 08:49 BST | Updated 13/04/2015 08:59 BST

The first image of Sheridan Smith sporting a shaved head for her latest role in ‘The C Word’, has been released.

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In the upcoming BBC drama, Sheridan plays Lisa Lynch, who touched the lives of many with her blog, before sadly dying of cancer in March 2013.

Before her death at the age of 33, the blogger had become close friends with Sheridan, after she reached out to her on Twitter to ask if she would play her in the TV film about her book, ‘The C Word’.

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Sheridan Smith as Lisa Lynch

The book is largely centered around Lisa's experiences with breast cancer, first written about in her blog ‘Alright Tit’.

Sheridan - who won a National Television Award for her performance as Cilla Black in the biopic, ‘Cilla’, earlier this year - shaved her head especially for the role, which she admits she found daunting at first, but claims it was worth it to accurately portray Lisa’s story.

She tells The Telegraph: “It did upset me a little bit at the time, but it’s just hair – it’ll grow back. And ‘The C Word’ is about such an amazing woman.

“Everyone is affected by cancer and I lost my eldest brother to it, so although of course you feel like you’ve lost a bit of your femininity, I feel it’s the least I could do.

“And actually, shaving my head has been liberating. I know I’ll never do it again, so I can enjoy all the different styles it’ll go through before I’m back to being me.”

The 90-minute drama will air on BBC One later this year.

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