Sian Reeves nearly landed Gina Seddon role in Coronation Street

Sian Reeves nearly landed Gina Seddon role in Coronation Street

Sian Reeves was nearly cast as Gina Seddon in ‘Coronation Street’, before landing the part of Charlie Wood.
The 53-year-old actress initially auditioned for the role as Sally Metcalfe’s (Sally Dynevor) sister – who was last played by Connie Hyde – and while she missed out on the role, she went on to be cast as Charlie.
Revealing how the role came about, Sian said: "I’ve been flirting with ‘Coronation Street’ for a quite a while, actually.
"I’ve always wanted to be in it. I got down to the final screen test to play Gina, Sally’s sister, and Sally [Dynevor] and Michael [Le Vell] were so lovely that when this part came up I was thrilled.
"The character of Charlie Wood has ticked every box for me and I still get to work with Sally."
Sian was delighted to claim her spot on the cobbles after watching the ITV soap opera since she was a little girl, and the star admitted she got emotional during her first time on set.
She recalled: "I’ve watched ‘Coronation Street’ since I was a little girl so I was a bit emotional when I walked into the Rovers bar for the first time.
"There are so many memories attached for me from watching with my grandparents, I remember Ena Sharples, Annie Walker, all the black and white episodes with William Roache, so it was a very emotional time for me. I’ve had a very warm welcome, it’s been lovely."
Now, the former ‘Emmerdale’ star is able to tick something off her bucket list after meeting her idols and pouring a pint at the iconic ‘Corrie’ pub.
She added: "I’d love to work with David Neilson (Roy), get my hair done with Audrey and I didn’t get to meet Barbara Knox, which I would have adored. I did however get to meet the lovely William Roache and I had a great scene with Bev Callard who was so welcoming.
"I did well, I got on the cobbles and I got behind the bar of the Rovers, so I ticked a lot of boxes. It’s emotional in the Rovers, Betty is there on the wall and it’s full of nostalgia, I’m very proud to have been a little part of it."