Sheridan Smith has pulled out of her scheduled appearance at next Tuesday's Royal Variety Performance following the death of her father Colin from cancer.

Sheridan SmithSheridan Smith’s father Colin has died, aged 80

In a statement a representative for Smith said: “Sheridan's much loved father sadly passed away this week.

“We can confirm that she will not be performing at the Royal Variety Performance this Tuesday 6th December.”

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“At this difficult time for Sheridan and her family we would ask that you please respect their privacy,” the statement continued.

Earlier this year Smith revealed her father Colin had been diagnosed with cancer on Twitter, after being insulted by a fan when she pulled out of a performance of musical Funny Girl in London’s West End.

Smith tweeted: “If you just found out your dad had cancer you wouldn’t be such a heartless human. Take care love (sic).”

Hours earlier she had apologised for her absence and offered to reimburse fans. “Had s*** news today, sorry I can’t make the show for you loyal fans,” she tweeted. “If you ask they give u tickets to the Savoy (sic)!”

In May Smith took a two month break from the musical, to deal with stress and exhaustion, returning to the stage on July 8.

Smith previously lost her brother Julian to cancer when she was just eight-years-old and he was 18.

She later opened up about his death after playing cancer sufferer Lisa Lynch in ITV drama ‘The C Word’.

“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,” Smith said.

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“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,” she added.