'Daddy's girl': Sheridan Smith shows off new tribute tattoo in shimmering gold dress as she takes to the stage for the first time following the death of her beloved father
Sheridan Smith was given a rousing reception on Thursday evening after returning to the stage for the first time following the death of her father Colin.
The actress and singer, 35, showed off a brand new inking which read 'Daddy's Girl' down the side of one arm as she stood out in a striking gold dress as she celebrated the opening of intimate Italian bar, club and pizzeria Bunga Bunga in London’s Covent Garden.
In high spirits throughout the night, Sheridan entertained guests with performances of two songs from her West End show Funny Girl – People and Don’t Rain on My Parade.
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'Daddy's girl': Sheridan Smith showed off a new tribute tattoo as she took to the stage for the first time at Bunga Bunga on Thursday night following the death of her beloved father
Welcome return: Sheridan Smith was given a rousing reception on Thursday evening after returning to the stage for the first time following the death of her father Colin
Keeping him close: Sheridan's new inking was the perfect tribute to her beloved father
The versatile star also indulged in some light cabaret with the venue’s in-house drag act Johnny Sizzle.
Her appearance served a dual purpose, with Sheridan taking the opportunity to tease her return to Funny Girl – in which she takes the lead as army wife Fanny Brice – and an ensuing national tour.
The celebrated actress has been largely absent following the tragic death of her father Colin, who lost his battle with cancer at the age of 80 in December.
Centre of attention: The British actress, 35, commanded attention in a striking gold wrap dress
Delightful: In high spirits throughout the night, Sheridan entertained guests with performances of two songs from her West End show Funny Girl – People and Don’t Rain on My Parade
Banter: The versatile star also indulged in some light cabaret with the venue’s in-house drag act Johnny Sizzle
And in a fitting tribute to her father, Sheridan sported a new wrist tattoo bearing the words 'Daddy's Girl' as she worked her way through the two song set.
Colin and Sheridan's mother Marilyn performed together as a Country and Western musical duo called The Daltons, with a young Sheridan later joining her parents in their performances.
The actress originally pulled out of a performance of her sold out West End show in March following her father's cancer diagnosis.
Comeback: Her appearance served a dual purpose, with Sheridan taking the opportunity to tease her return to Funny Girl – in which she takes the lead as army wife Fanny Brice – and an ensuing national tour
Here we go: The versatile star turned in a typically accomplished performance on Thursday evening
Back with a bang: The celebrated actress has been largely absent following the tragic death of her father Colin, who lost his battle with cancer at the age of 80 in December
Talented twosome: Sheridan cosied up to X Factor runner-up Saara Aalto backstage at the star-studded event
Sheridan also lost her 18-year-old brother Julian to cancer when she was eight years old.
She later spoke of his loss when she played cancer sufferer Lisa Lynch in ITV drama The C Word.
She said at the time: 'Of course I've been affected by my brother's death… It makes me value life, cherish my loved ones and be grateful for every day I have with them.
'Cancer affects one in three of us and every single one of us either knows someone who has been affected by it or has experienced it first-hand. And yet it's treated as a taboo subject.
'It's never on telly. We should talk about it. It's a hideous disease and we need to try to fight it.'
Happy to be here: The star beamed while working her way through two popular West End hits
Say cheese: Sheridan beamed as she posed for photos backstage at the Covent Garden launch party
She's a Funny Girl! Sheridan is back after taking temporary leave from her popular West End role last year
Going for gold: Sheridan shimmered beneath the backstage lights as she modelled her striking dress on Thursday evening
Busy girl: The actress has hinted at a national tour after reprising her Funny Girl role as army wife Fanny Brice
Other guests to attend the Bunga Bunga launch on Thursday evening included model Lottie Moss, who suited up for a fun night out at the new venue.
The 19-year old sister of Kate Moss looked super chic in her wine-coloured suit, flashing a hint of skin underneath as she partied at the club opening.
Lottie showed off her trim figure in the fitted tailoring, with the claret blazer teamed with matching cropped trousers.
She added a simple black camisole underneath with a plunging neckline to show off her cleavage.
Looking chic: Lottie Moss suited up for a fun night out at the launch of Bunga Bunga in London's Covent Garden on Thursday
She's got the look: A beautiful leather handbag completed her look perfectly as she channelled office chic
Let's celebrate: Made In Chelsea star Jess Woodley (L) and fashion stylist Grace Woodward (R) let their hair down at the Covent Garden launch paty
Party time: (L-R) Donna Air, Edward Taylor, Asrid Harbord and Martha Ward rubbed shoulders as Sheridan took to the stage
Hear her roar: Made In Chelsea's Jess looked fashion forward in her leopard print jacket
Elsewhere Princess Eugenie attended with boyfriend Jack Brooksbank after returning from a romantic winter break in snowy Verbier.
Cuddled up together, the pair showed no signs of fatigue after their ski break as they watched Sheridan perform.
Looking effortlessly glamorous for the outing, Eugenie donned a two-tone dress with a grey boucle skirt and collar.
Cute couple: Princess Eugenie was back out with boyfriend Jack Brooksbank as they headed to the launch of Bunga Bunga on Thursday evening
Let's celebrate: Former The Wanted star Jay McGuiness (L) enjoyed a drink with fellow guests at the event
Nipping in at her slender waist, the eighth in line to the throne hinted at her enviable frame whilst remaining demure.
Other guests to attend included onna Air, Edward Taylor, Asrid Harbord, Martha Ward, Georgia Toffolo, Jess Woodley and Grace Woodward.
Sponsored by Martini, the event saw attendees enjoy Martini Prosecco and a range of Martini cocktails, amongst them the Don Silvio Bunga.
Bunga Bunga Covent Garden is the most ambitious project from Inception Group partners Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling.
The partners have quickly established themselves as London’s leading restaurant and bar proprietors and own other award-winning venues including Mr Fogg’s Residence, Mr Fogg’s Tavern, Cahoots, Maggie’s, Barts and Beaver Lodge.
On the site of the old Drury Club, the 280-cover restaurant features acrobats, an in-house band and magicians every night of the week.
Glamorous: Made In Chelsea star Georgia Toffolo also made an appearance at the Martini sponsored event
Good times: Sarah-Jane Mee, Natalie Pinkham and Adam Bidwell enjoyed some backstage fun
Hell for leather: Donna Air was also present and looked sartorially chic in her pencil skirt and jacket
Model mermaid: Olivia Inge wore a pair of unique sequin leggings which made her stand out from the crowd
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