Sian Reese-Williams: 'I'm nothing like Gennie'

Sian Reese-Williams: 'I'm nothing like Gennie'
Sian Reese-Williams: 'I'm nothing like Gennie' (Image credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima)

Emmerdale star Sian Reese-Williams talks to TV Times magazine about why her character Gennie’s pregnancy has gone to her head... What’s it been like acting as a pregnant Gennie? “I think wearing the bump has fooled my brain into thinking I’m pregnant! I constantly feel hormonal and even when I take the padding off, I feel bigger. It’s certainly not making me feel broody. I don’t think I like the idea of another human being growing inside me.” Why hasn’t she told Nikhil about the pregnancy? “They have a communication problem and can’t tell each other anything. He keeps going on about not wanting kids and it’s putting her off telling him.” Many of your fellow cast members do charity runs. Will you be joining them? “They keep asking me, but it’s not my thing!” Are there many similarities between Gennie and yourself? “We are totally different, which is why I love playing her. She’s a very girly girl and I’m not. I never wear dresses or paint my nails or do anything of those things. I am very low maintenance.” Do you have any hidden talents? “I am from Brecon and speak fluent Welsh. I only speak it to my family. It is always a talking point if they hear me speaking Welsh at work. They find it hilarious!”

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.