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Gibson on the set of Murder on the Blackpool Express in 2017
Siân Foulkes

(1976-06-30) 30 June 1976 (age 47)
Occupation Comedy actress, writer
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Ian Gibson
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Siân Gibson (née Foulkes) is a Welsh comedy actress and television writer. She has collaborated with Peter Kay, including starring in and co-writing the comedy series Peter Kay's Car Share, for which she won the 2016 BAFTA TV Award for Best Scripted Comedy and the National Television Award for Best Comedy.

Gibson has also appeared as Gemma in the Gold original film series Murder on the Blackpool Express which was followed by, Death on the Tyne, Dial M for Middlesbrough and the three-part series Murder They Hope (2017–2022).

Early life

Gibson was born and raised in Mold, Wales. Her father was a builder and her mother a housewife. She joined the local youth theatre in Theatr Clwyd. She studied performing arts at Salford University where she met fellow students Peter Kay and Steve Edge. Gibson also performed stand-up comedy early in her career. Her subjects of choice include impressions. Her comic influences include Victoria Wood, Julie Walters, French and Saunders.


Gibson's credits include Peak Practice, Hospital People, Emmerdale and The League of Gentlemen. From 1998 until 1999 she appeared in Hollyoaks playing Tessie Thompson and returned in October/November 2007 in four further episodes. She also appeared in two episodes of Phoenix Nights as the daughter of one of the main characters, Mary. Gibson's character also goes by the name Mary, though several characters refer to her as "Young Mary", Paddy (Paddy McGuinness) – who works with Max (Peter Kay) as security on the door at the Phoenix Club – takes a shine to her and can be seen chatting her up as she works alongside her mother behind the bar at the titular working men's club.

In 2006, Gibson, along with Peter Kay, appeared in the music video to the Texas song "Sleep".

In 2008, Gibson appeared in Peter Kay's music video for the Geraldine McQueen song "Once Upon a Christmas Song" as her Britain's Got the Pop Factor... and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice character Wendy.

Before landing a role in Peter Kay's Car Share in 2015, Gibson had not auditioned for any acting roles for over a year and was working in a call centre in Chester. Kay had received the script from Paul Coleman and Tim Reid, who sought his opinion. Although Kay loved the script he initially had no intention of appearing in the series. He later asked Gibson if she wanted to work with him and they set to work rewriting the script to fit themselves, since John and Kayleigh as originally scripted were meant to be slightly younger. The success of the series brought Gibson to wider prominence and opened the door for other roles. She returned for the second series of Car Share in April 2017.

In January 2018, she appeared in Inside No. 9 and an episode of Death in Paradise.

In 2019, Gibson participated in the eighth series of Taskmaster.

Personal life

Gibson is married to Ian Gibson, a gas fitter. They have a daughter, Gracie, who was born in 2013.



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Peak Practice Sandra one episode
Where the Heart Is Cheese Counter Girl one episode
The Grand Florence one episode
1998–1999, 2007 Hollyoaks Tessie Thompson four episodes
1998 Comedy Lab Alison "The Services"
1999 That Peter Kay Thing Yvonne one episode entitled "Eyes Down"
1999–2000, 2017 The League of Gentlemen Trish Three episodes - "... for Royston Vasey", "The One-Armed Man Is King" (credited as Sian Foulkes) and “Return to Royston Vasey” (credited as Sian Gibson)
2001 Phoenix Nights (Young) Mary three episodes
2002 Emmerdale Suzie Brown two episodes
2005 Marian, Again Fiona TV film (Credited as Sian Foulkes)
2008 Britain's Got the Pop Factor... and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice Wendy from the group 2 Up 2 Down
2015–2018, 2020 Peter Kay's Car Share Kayleigh Kitson Main role; co-writer (with Peter Kay, Paul Coleman and Tim Reid)
2016 Do Not Disturb Sheila
2017 Hospital People Hillary Series 1 Episode 2 "The Security Threat"
Murder on the Blackpool Express Gemma Main role
2018 Inside No. 9 Leanne one episode - "Bernie Clifton's Dressing Room"
Death in Paradise Gilly Wright
Would I Lie to You? Herself Lee's team with James Acaster
Death on the Tyne Gemma Main role
2018–2019 The Reluctant Landlord Natasha Supporting role
2019 Taskmaster Contestant Series 8
Dial M for Middlesbrough Gemma Main role
Cinderella: After Ever After Cinderella
2020 The Grand Party Hotel Narrator BBC One documentary
2021 Murder They Hope Gemma Main role
Johnny Vegas: Carry On Glamping Narrator Channel 4 mini-series
Beauty And The Beast: A Pantomime for Comic Relief Ma Television pantomime
2023 The Power of Parker Kath Main role
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