Emmerdale’s Sian Reese-Williams has announced she will leave her role as Gennie Walker.

The actress has played Gennie for five years in ITV’s soap, and confirmed in a series of tweets that it was time to move on.

Sian tweeted: “Thank you all for being lovely. I’m having a little cry. I shall miss Gennie – annoying as she is – but I’m just ready for someone new!xxx”

She continued: “It’s been a ride, and I’ll take some amazing memories with me, but now’s the time. Maybe I’m mad, we shall see…. Scary, but exciting!”

Emmerdale bosses are lining up a dramatic exit plot for her character when she leaves in the summer to follow other opportunities.

It will bookend an equally explosive start to her time on Emmerdale, arriving in 2008 to meet her biological father Shadrach Dingle and immediately getting involved in a road accident.

One of Sian’s most memorable scenes was giving birth to Gennie’s daughter Molly during Emmerdale’s special 40th anniversary live episode in 2012.

She’s also been involved in a popular partnership with Nikhil Sharma (Rik Makarem), who she recently married, while taking care of her adoptive mother Brenda, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour.