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Sheridan Smith to play Lisa Lynch in BBC adaptation of 'The C-Word'

The actress will have the lead role in the screen version

Sheridan Smith will take up the role of journalist Lisa Lynch in an upcoming BBC adaptation of The C-Word.

Lynch, who died last year aged 33, documented her long battle against cancer on her blog Alright Tit. Based on her posts, The C-Word was released as a book in 2010, two years after Lynch's diagnosis.

According to reports, Lynch had asked Smith to play her in the BBC drama after the women formed a friendship on Twitter.

Smith took to Twitter on Friday to comment on the news. She tweeted to her followers "Look LL [Lisa Lynch]! Miss u, SS!" and directed readers to the BBC's article about her new role.

The Mrs Biggs actress said of her relationship with Lynch: "Lisa first contacted me via Twitter, and we quickly became friends. She called me SS and I called her LL. Her zest for life was infectious and I was moved and inspired by her courage and bravery."

The BBC described the upcoming film as a "defiant, ballsy account which captures the no-nonsense and witty style of Lisa’s writing and personality".

Lisa Lynch was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. She fought the first set of cancer and was told in 2009 that her mammogram was clear.

Unfortunately, when the cancer returned in 2011, it was terminal. Lynch continued chronicling her life on her blog.

On 13 March 2013, Lynch's husband wrote on the blog of her passing.

Lynch was editor of Real Homes by the age of 25, after having started as a subeditor for interior magazines. After her diagnosis, she went freelance, and worked on her blog and book projects.