Sian Reese-Williams

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Sian Reese-Williams
Born (1981-11-18) 18 November 1981 (age 38)
Brecon, Wales
Occupation Actress
Years active 2008–present
Television Emmerdale (2008–13)

Sian Reese-Williams (born 18 November 1981)[1] is a Welsh theatre and television actress and singer, best known for playing Genesis Walker in Emmerdale.

She was awarded the BBC London Theatre Award for outstanding performance in a musical in 2001 for her role in the National Youth Music Theatre's production of The Dreaming.

She graduated in Drama from the University of Hull and trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.[2]


Reese-Williams was cast to play the role of Genesis Walker. The character was created by series producer Kathleen Beedles, although by the time Reese-Williams's first episode aired on 1 April 2008, Anita Turner had taken over from Beedles.[3] Theatre actress Sian Reese-Williams was cast in the role and started filming in the week beginning 3 March 2008. The character was described as "not your typical Dingle" and Turner said that "we’ve got some exciting storylines planned" with Gennie in "for a real culture shock when she meets her biological family".[4]

In an interview in May 2008, Anita Turner said that "the character [Gennie] could be brilliant and it's about her finding that inner Dingle". Turner said that Gennie has "really hidden depths – it’s more about her future in Emmerdale, rather than her past".[3] In May 2013. It was announced that Reese-Williams was to leave the soap later in the year. Her character was killed off on 25 July 2013.


Following her stint in Emmerdale, Reese-Williams returned to theatre and in November 2013 played "Marta" in 'Children of Fate' at the Bussey Building in Peckham.

In May/June 2014, she played 'Linda' in Alan Bennett's 'Enjoy' at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Recently she has been touring in three plays as part Paines Plough's Roundabout pop up theatre tour. The plays, 'Lungs', Our Teacher's a Troll', 'The Human Ear' and 'The Initiate'. The plays received some great reviews and are were enjoyed by both critics and theatregoers.

Personal life

Reese-Williams is a native speaker of Welsh, though her theatre and television work tends to be in the English language. She is very musical, can play the acoustic guitar and the ukulele, and has an excellent singing voice. Reese-Williams has reported her singing inspirations include Dolly Parton and Elvis Presley. She is from Brecon, mid-Wales.

Filmography: Television

Year Title Type Role Notes
2008–13 Emmerdale TV Genesis Walker Series Regular, 597 episodes
2009 Loose Women TV Herself Guest, 1 episode


  1. "BBC Mid Wales Showbiz". Retrieved 31 January 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. BBC Wales Hall of Fame Sian Reese-Davies
  3. 3.0 3.1 Green, Kris (27 May 2008). "Bonus Scoop: 'Emmerdale' Series Producer Anita Turner". Digital Spy.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Green, Kris (3 March 2008). "'Emmerdale' welcomes Genesis Dingle". Digital Spy.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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