Sian Reese-Williams is best known for her five years spent acting on Emmerdale.
Sian played the role of Gennie Walker in the Dales until 2013 when she made the decision to leave the soap and the character was killed off, meaning a return wasn’t likely.
Since then, the actress has landed roles in the likes of Holby City, Line of Duty and Hidden. Let’s take a look…
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At the time of her Emmerdale departure, Sian vowed she wanted to ‘find new challenges’.
“My decision to leave has nothing to do with Emmerdale – it’s such a special place and I will always cherish it – but I feel it’s the right time for me to say goodbye and find new challenges,” she explained.
Sian began auditioning for roles and soon had stacked up credits far beyond Emmerdale.
In 2019, Sian landed the role of ambushed police officer Jane Cafferty in Season 5 of Line of Duty.
In Holby City, Sian plays the part of Jodie Rodgers, a dangerous ex-patient who grows suspiciously close to Sacha Levy played by Bob Barrat.
Sian also currently stars in Welsh BBC psychological thriller Hidden which also airs on BBC America and is on its second season.
Here she plays DI Cadi John who is investigating a body that is found in a lake in Snowdonia. It turns out the young woman had gone missing five years prior when she was 16.
While Season 2 focuses on three teenagers who are accused of murder after a retired teacher turns up dead.
“It’s not a classic detective drama in that it deals with the whodunit and the police catching the bad man,” says Sian
“It’s more of a personal drama. It takes time to delve into the lives of everybody that gets caught up in the crime – the detectives, the victims, the family of the victims and even the bad guy. You’re trying to understand him.
“It really plays with the idea of nature versus nurture and almost tries to twist you into sympathising against your better judgement. It’s exciting and thought-provoking.
“The characters are really interesting and it covers a lot of human emotion.”
Welsh native Sian also relished the chance to showcase her home soil.
“Oh, it’s gorgeous,” she adds. “The landscapes and scenery were amazing. North Wales is an incredible place to film.”
The actress is a keen advocate of Welsh film making and has been vocal about this on her Twitter feed.
Sian lives alone and has been locked down on her own at home, which she has admitted has been a struggle at times.
“It’s grim eh?” she recently wrote in a tweet aimed at “fellow solo lockdowners”.