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Emmerdale's Gennie to leave soap
Sian Reese-Williams is leaving Emmerdale
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, but has told Digital Spy that the time has come to move on.
She said: "I have absolutely adored my five years playing Gennie and being part of such an iconic show.
"My decision to leave has nothing to do with Emmerdale - it's such a special place and I will always cherish it - but I feel it's the right time for me to say goodbye and find new challenges.
"It was an incredibly difficult decision to make and I will miss my friends, the show and of course Genesis. But as an actor, my main passion has always been playing many different people, and I'm really looking forward to doing that again. I am excited about what the future holds."
Show 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.
She's also been involved in a popular partnership with Nikhil Sharma (Rik Makarem).
Recently, Gennie has been taking care of her adoptive mother Brenda who was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
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