Pixie Lott backs Sheridan Smith over Funny Girl break

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Pixie Lott has defended her friend Sheridan Smith's decision to take up to a month off from her stage show.

Actress Sheridan - who revealed earlier this year that her dad is battling cancer - has pulled out of West End show Funny Girl for up to four weeks because of "stress and exhaustion".

Sheridan Smith on the red carpet
Sheridan Smith (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Pixie is also starring on stage in London, as Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany's, and told The Sun that she understands Sheridan's decision.

"Sheridan must be going through a terrible time," she said. "Family is number one and doing a show is so full-on. She's an amazing actress.

"I didn't know whether I could keep performing for the next six weeks because playing Holly is such an emotional role."

Sheridan's understudy Natasha J Barnes is replacing the actress in the role of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.