Sheridan Smith's 'overwhelming' Quartet role

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Dustin Hoffman makes his directorial debut with this 2012 British comedy-drama, which follows three residents at a retirement home for gifted musicians. Cissy, Wilf and Reggie (Pauline Collins, Billy Connolly & Tom Courtenay) get quite the surprise when one of their exes, a star soloist named Jean (Maggie Smith), shows up to join them during the annual concert held for Giuseppe Verdi's birthday.
October 17th, 2012

Sheridan Smith felt like she had to ''curtsy every morning'' on the set of 'Quartet'.

The 31-year-old actress appears alongside a star-studded cast including Dame Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Sir Michael Gambon and Pauline Collins in the indie drama movie - which sees Dustin Hoffman make his directorial debut - and the 'Mrs. Biggs' star was ''overwhelmed'' by her talented colleagues during filming.

She told BANG Showbiz: ''It was overwhelming, just to be part of the film was an absolute honour for me. Being on set every day with these amazing people, I felt like I had to curtsy every morning because I was so overwhelmed by it.

''It was just an incredible experience. I tried to be like a sponge and take it all in.''

'Quartet' tells the story of a group of retired opera singers who are gearing up for their annual concert when Maggie's alter-ego Jean, the ex-wife of Tom Courtenay's character, makes an unwanted return to the home they all reside in - and Sheridan admits she had to pinch herself ''every day'' after landing the part.

Speaking at a London Film Festival press conference for her latest movie 'Quartet', she added: ''The film is so special, all the cast are actually retired opera singers and retired musicians and in between scenes they would be jamming.

''It was such a special film and obviously working alongside these guys and the stories they told me, I just had to pinch myself every day.''

'Quartet' is released in the UK on January 4, 2013.