She was left distraught after losing her father Colin to cancer back in 2016 and felt unable to celebrate Christmas because he passed away around that time.
And actress Sheridan Smith, 39, has said her baby boy Billy, seven months, has brought back the magic of Christmas to her as she looks forward to celebrating his first one.
She told OK!: ‘I think for the last couple of years, since my dad passed away, I didn’t enjoy Christmas because it happened around that time.
‘I couldn’t enjoy Christmas after my dad died… but now I have my son’: Sheridan Smith revealed her baby boy Billy has given her a reason to celebrate again after battling grief
Grief: Sheridan admitted she ‘lost the plot and had a massive meltdown’ when her anxiety ‘snowballed’ after her father’s death in 2016 (pictured in March 2011)
‘But now, to be able to have it for my little boy, it’s all so exciting again. I can’t wait. I’m going to dress up as Fairy Christmas.’
She also said: ‘It’s all about being together and I just can’t wait to celebrate Billy’s first Christmas. He won’t remember much of it but it doesn’t matter. It makes you enjoy Christmas again when you’ve got a little one.’
In October 2018, Sheridan admitted losing her father made her ‘run away’ from her problems.
Family: The actress and singer, 37, was left devastated when her beloved dad Colin passed away in 2016 (pictured in November 2011 with Colin and her mother Marilyn)
Lovely: Sheridan and her fiancé Jamie Horn welcomed their first child, a son called Billy, in May (pictured in September)
Speaking on upcoming one-off ITV documentary Sheridan Smith: Coming Home, the former Gavin And Stacey star explained: ‘I kind of lost the plot after that and had a massive meltdown. I ran away.
‘There’s that kind of northern, “Keep calm and carry on” vibe – we’re all like that. I feel I’ve come out the other side now.’
Sheridan and her fiancé Jamie Horn welcomed their first child, a son called Billy, in May.
And the couple enjoyed a child-free date night on Thursday after the second national lockdown was lifted.
Taking to Instagram, the Cilla star shared a video of herself and Jamie out a local eatery with leather sofas, candles and plush cushions.
Date night! Sheridan and Jamie enjoyed a child-free date night on Thursday after the second national lockdown was lifted
Sheridan opted for a fun filter of a straw hat, blonde waves and pink sunglasses as she put on an animated display to the camera.
The award-winning actress then panned the camera onto a reclining Jamie, who grinned while wearing his baseball hat back to front.
Sheridan, who was recently doing press for her new show Pooch Perfect, captioned the video with: ‘Out with the fella!’ followed by a heart emoji.
The star also asked her fans if they knew of anyone who could provide Christmas decorations to make her son Billy’s, seven months, first Christmas extra special.
Smitten: Taking to Instagram, the Cilla star, 39, shared a fun video of herself and Jamie out a local eatery with leather sofas, candles and plush cushions
She said: ‘Does anyone know of a Christmas decoration company please?! It’s Billy’s first Christmas and I want to make it extra special.’
Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts stepped in to save the day after recommending her friend who also took care of her own festive decorations.
She said: ‘Yes. My friend ‘early hours’ has done all of ours. I will message you details xx’ to which Sheridan replied: ‘I love you.’
It comes after Sheridan reportedly landed a role as a judge on the rebooted version of Stars In The Eyes.
Festive fun! The star also asked her fans if they knew of anyone who could provide Christmas decorations to make her son Billy’s, seven months, first Christmas extra special
Pals: Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts stepped in to save the day after recommending her friend who also took care of her own festive decorations
The much-loved classic, formerly hosted by Matthew Kelly, is set to return to ITV, with a revamped celebrity judging panel, and according to reports, the actress is set to take the helm.
The role would be Sheridan’s first major TV gig since she became a mother.
The talent show, which last aired in December 2006, sees members of the public undergo an impressive transformation, before coming out to impersonate their favourite singers.
The new version is set to be renamed as Starstruck and filming kicks off in May 2021.
Starry eyed: It comes after Sheridan reportedly landed a role as a judge on the rebooted version of Stars In The Eyes (pictured in 2019)
The series was initially set to get underway this year, but thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, filming has been delayed and the show is not expected to air until the autumn.
A source told The Sun: ‘Starstruck is a new take on telly classic Stars In Their Eyes and will see the public living out their dreams on stage as their idols.
‘Sheridan is the perfect fit for the show as one of the judges. Her job will be to critique the acts and then give them advice after they have performed.’
They continued: ‘Along with being a fantastic actress, Sheridan is a talented singer and after playing Cilla Black in the ITV show about her life, she knows a thing or two about impersonating amazing singers.’
MailOnline have contacted representatives of Sheridan Smith and ITV for comment.
Stars In Their Eyes remains one of Britain’s most successful shows of all time, attracting around 13 million viewers for the live grand final at the end of each series.
The show has one of the most memorable catchphrases in TV history: ‘Tonight Matthew, I’m going to be…’
The show premiered on 21 July 1990 and ran until 23 December 2006.
Popular: Stars In Their Eyes remains one of Britain’s most successful shows of all time, attracting around 13 million viewers for the live grand final at the end of each series (presenter Matthew Kelly pictured)