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17/03/2014 11:19 GMT | Updated 17/03/2014 11:59 GMT

Sheridan Smith Reveals Cilla Black Makeover On ITV Drama Set (PICS)

Sheridan Smith has unveiled her makeover as a young Cilla Black on the set of a new ITV drama 'Cilla', which takes a closer look at the life and times of the Liverpool-born singer.

The show’s hair and make-up department have done a fantastic job of giving Sheridan a ‘60s makeover for her star turn in the show’s title role.

Seriously, hats off to Sheridan for (just about) managing to pull off that awkward bob cut and we can only imagine how much backcombing and hairspray was needed to secure Sheridan’s gravity-defying ‘do.

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Sheridan's dyed her hair red to play the role

‘Cilla’ will chart the Liverpudlian singer and presenter’s rise to fame, as well as her friendship with four of Liverpool’s most famous exports - The Beatles.

While many of Cilla’s happiest moments will be recreated by Sheridan and her cast mates, the drama will also recount the darker moments of her career and her rocky relationship with husband and manager, Bobby Willis.

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The cast and crew began filming in Liverpool earlier this week

Lincolnshire-born Sheridan has shared her excitement at getting to play the British icon.

“I’m so thrilled to be back at ITV for such an exciting project and to hopefully show a younger audience what a star Cilla has always been and for the older generation they can re-live those swinging 60s," she said. "What an era!”

“I can't wait to get up to Liverpool - my favourite city - and start filming," she added. "I'm really honoured and just hope I do her story justice."

Since finding fame on ‘Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps’, Sheridan has taken on a number of grittier roles including the title role in 2012 drama ‘Mrs Biggs’.

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We reckon the '60s look suits Sheridan

She’s also set to star in new drama ‘The Widower’, which airs on ITV later this month.

‘Cilla’ was created by Oscar nominated writer Jeff Pope while Paul Whittington, who directed ‘Mrs Biggs’, is in the director’s chair.

Most of the show’s filming will take place on location in Liverpool and the Cavern Club, which was rebuilt in 1984, will be one of the iconic landmarks used in the drama.

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