Sheridan Smith has reportedly pulled out of this year's 'Strictly Come Dancing' Christmas special.

Sheridan Smith was set to perform with Gary Barlow

Sheridan Smith was set to perform with Gary Barlow

The 40-year-old star was set to perform a festive duet with Take That singer Gary Barlow, but it's said she won't be taking part in filming at Elstree Studios on Tuesday (07.12.21).

An insider told The Sun newspaper: "The Beeb were given notice quite late in the day that Sheridan wouldn’t be able to film on Tuesday after all.

“So it’ll just be Gary performing on his own. They’re gutted.”

Sheridan had been set to join Gary for a rendition of their single 'How Christmas Is Supposed To Be', which the BBC had previously announced as one of two 'very special performances' on the Christmas Day (25.12.21) special.

Last week, Sheridan was said to be "lucky to be alive" after allegedly being involved in a car crash near her home in Essex due to bad conditions caused by extreme weather.

Although the 'Gavin & Stacey' star is yet to publicly address the crash, a police spokesperson previously said there were "no offences" and "no one was arrested or seriously injured".

Meanwhile, the 'Strictly' Christmas special is set to feature the likes of singer Anne-Marie, former 'Great British Bake Off' host Mel Giedroyc, broadcaster Moira Stuart, 'The Repair Shop' star Jay Blades and 'First Dates' favourite Fred Sirieix.

They will be competing to impress viewers voting at home, as well as the judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Anton Du Beke and Motsi Mabuse.

Mel recently said: "I don’t think I’ve been this excited about Christmas since I got my first guinea-pig from Santa in 1978."

While Fred added: "I hope my dance moves bring some Christmas joy to everybody watching at home and don’t make the judges say 'Bah, Humbug!'"