Sheridan Smith plays Cilla Black in the TV series Cilla.
She is seen here using a Remington SJ standard manual typewriter, built in Glasgow under Alex Ferguson's supervision. Almost all of her workmates/fellow actors use Imperial 65s.Priscilla Maria Veronica White was born in Liverpool on May 27, 1943, grew up in the Scotland Road area and attended St Anthony's junior and secondary schools before beginning a shorthand typing course at Anfield Commercial College at age 15 (Anfield is famous as the home of the Liverpool soccer club). At 20 Cilla was working as a full-time Dictaphone typist in the typing pool at British Insulated and Callender's Cables Ltd on Stanley Street, Liverpool, just around the corner from The Cavern. She supplemented her wages from BICC by working her lunch hours as a hat-check girl at The Cavern. A friend of Ringo Starr, then with Rory Storm and The Hurricanes, she soon got a gig on stage at The Cavern, and in time was championed by The Beatles.
(My eldest son, Simon Messenger, also later appeared on stage at The Cavern in Liverpool, in a group called The Cut).
Below, the real Cilla Black moonlighting in a poultry factory in 1960.