Star Interview: ex-Emmerdale villain Sian Reeves

Sian Reeves in rehearsal for God of Carnage
Sian Reeves in rehearsal for God of Carnage

Two little boys get involved in a playground punch-up. What happens when their parents get together in a meeting to discuss the matter over a few glasses of wine?

Summed up in two sentences, this is the storyline of Yasmina Reza’s Olivier award-winning black comedy, God of Carnage, to be performed at the Royal & Derngate from next week, with actress Sian Reeves in one of the starring roles, as Veronica.

And former Emmerdale actress Sian is excited about this latest stage project.

She said: “I had seen the film and thought I could really relate to this, having a child myself. It is hilarious.

“All the characters are so different and I’m really interested in Veronica and I’m hoping people will laugh at her ideas.”

Becoming an actress was a bit of an accidental detour for Sian, who grew up wanting to be a dancer.

But after drama school she ended up landing the part of Cosette in the original cast of Les Miserables.

She recalled: “It was an amazing start. It was amazing for me and I just thought that is how it would be, that there would be standing ovations every night. After that I went into the acting world.”

Now a famous face to many of the British TV viewing public, Sian has played a string of memorable characters, notably Sydney Henshall in the BBC drama, Cutting It, and one of Emmerdale’s most notorious villains, Sally Spode.

She also won the BBC singing competition, Just the Two of Us, in partnership with Russell Watson, and more recently has been seen in the Sky 1 sitcom, Mount Pleasant.

She said: “I have been so lucky with work as, having a beautiful daughter, I have to be at home.

“She is 17 and in the sixth form at the moment and I’m finding it really hard to see if she is doing enough work.”

Working is something Sian continues to do despite the pain she still experiences following a terrible accident in 2007 in which she fell down a theatre trap door and shattered her rib cage.

She said: “At the moment I’m taking a lot of ibuprofen and paracetamol and I’m going to see if I can have an anti-inflammatory jab.

“I’m always looking for other ways to help. There are all sorts of things coming out and this injection might be a good thing.”

Known for her sunny smile and flair for comedy, it was perhaps a surprise to some that she played an Emmerdale villain so well.

Sian said: “I really liked playing Sally Spode, although I did get gyp from people in the street as I was in their homes every night.

“I would like to play more of those seriously messed-up people. I would really love to be a detective in CSI but that probably will never happen. I have a funny face.”

Sian Reeves will appear in God of Carnage from October 19 until November 10.

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Sian will also be appearing in ITV’s Mr and Mrs on November 7.