Sian Reeves was scary-crazy Sally Spode in Emmerdale from 2009-2010 and, as she reveals to Soaplife, her new stage character is also bonkers.
So, what are you up to, Sian?
“I’m about to embark on a four-month national tour of Love Me Tender, with singer Mica Paris and Shaun Williamson, who played Barry in EastEnders. The musical is set in 1950s America and features Elvis’s greatest hits.”
Who do you play?
“My character is a lady mayor, who’s uptight and a bit crazy! I get to sing Devil in Disguise, too, and it’s sooo exciting.”
Have you done many musicals?
“I was in the original cast of Les Miserables, 30 years ago. But once I had my daughter, Bessie, who’s now nearly 20, I tended to opt for TV roles. Bessie’s about to start drama school herself now, so Love Me Tender is a gentle step back into theatre.”
Are you not playing ‘Skimpy Knickers’ Bianca in Mount Pleasant this year?
“No. I did four series and it was wonderful, but I wanted to do something different. And this is very different.”
Are you still in touch with any of the Emmerdale cast?
“Yes. John Middleton [Ashley] and Charlotte Bellamy [Laurel]. I can’t believe Laurel is a raging alcoholic now! I’ve also become very friendly with Gemma Oaten, who plays Rachel.”
How do you look back on your time playing psycho Sally in Emmerdale?
“It was a happy time. I loved playing Sally. She was so unhinged. It must be about time she was released from the psychiatric hospital she was admitted to… What do you think Ashley would say if she turned up with triplets?”