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Cilla Black back in charts after ITV biopic

Cilla Black in the 1960s when she started her career as a singer. Photo:

TV favourite Cilla Black has given us a "lorra, lorra laughs" during her decades-long career.

But it seems she might be having the last one after an ITV biopic of her life, in which she is played by actress-of-the-moment Sheridan Smith, has propelled her back into the UK music charts.

The three-part series, which concludes on Monday at 9pm, has so far pulled in more than seven million viewers.

And Cilla's first number 1, Anyone Who Had A Heart, is now set to climb its way back into the Top 40 - 50 years after it was released.

The track, which is performed by Smith, was written by legendary songwriting duo Bacharach and David and was originally a hit for Dionne Warwick.

It is currently at number 46 but if it moves up just six places it will be the first time Cilla has been in the charts for two decades.

Sheridan Smith and Cilla as she is now. Credit: PA

Later, Cilla went on to become one of TV's best-loved presenters fronting Blind Date and Surprise Surprise in the 1980s and 90s.

But here's 10 things you might not know about her.

  • 1. Well, first of all, Cilla was actually born Priscilla Maria Veronica White in Liverpool on 27 May 1943.
  • 2. Her stage name was "Swinging Cilla".
  • 3. Many of her first performances were at Liverpool's Cavern Club, which she now blames for her hearing loss.
  • 4. She often sang with The Beatles and in 1963 was the first female artists to be signed by their manager Brian Epstein.
  • 5. Her first number 1 was Anyone Who Had A Heart, which stayed at the top spot for 3 weeks in February 1963.
  • 6. The song went on to sell over 1 million copies worldwide as did her second UK number 1, You're My World.
  • 7. Cilla never managed to break the US but Elvis Presley had a copy of You're My World on his Graceland jukebox.
  • 8. She was married to her manager Bobby Willis for more than 30 years until he died of lung cancer in October 1999.
  • 9. The couple had three sons together; Robert, Ben and Jack. They also had a daughter, Ellen, in 1975 but sadly she only lived for 2 hours.
  • 10. This year Cilla was awarded a BAFTA 'Special Award' for her contribution to entertainment in a career which has lasted over 50 years.
Cilla with her BAFTA earlier this year. Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment