On the set of Murder on the Blackpool Express July 2017
15 July 1976
Siân Gibson (née Foulkes, born 15 July 1976) is a Welsh stand-up comic, actress, impressionist and writer. She is known for her collaborations 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 was born and raised in Mold, Wales. Her father was a builder and her mother a housewife. She did not consider herself an arty child, but did join 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, celebrities and sexual-themed jokes. Her comic influences include Rik Mayall, Cannon and Ball and Ronnie Barker.
Gibson's credits include Peak Practice, Hospital People, Emmerdale and The League of Gentlemen. From 1998 until 2000 Gibson appeared in four episodes of Hollyoaks playing Tessie Thompson. She also appeared in an episode of Phoenix Nights ("Singles Night") as the daughter of one of the main characters, Mary. Gibson's character also goes by the name Mary, though several characters during the episode 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 along side her mother behind the bar during the episode.
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 Kay's opinion. Although Kay loved the script he initially had no intention of even 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.
|1997||Peak Practice||Sandra||one episode|
|1997||Where the Heart Is||Cheese Counter Girl||one episode|
|1997||The Grand||Florence||one episode|
|1998–99, 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||Two episodes entitled "Lust for Royston Vasey" & "The One-Armed Man Is King" (Credited as Sian Foulkes), plus one other episode “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 Movie (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|
|2015–18||Peter Kay's Car Share||Kayleigh Kitson||Main role; co-writer and co-creator (with Peter Kay)|
|2016||Do Not Disturb||Sheila|
|2017||Hospital People||Hillary||Series 1 Episode 2 "The Security Threat"|
|2017||Murder on the Blackpool Express ||Gemma||Supporting role|
|2018||Inside No. 9||Leanne||one episode - "Bernie Clifton's Dressing Room"|
|2018||Death in Paradise||Gilly Wright|
|2018||Would I Lie to You?||Herself||Lee's team with James Acaster|
|2018||Murder on the Tyne||Gemma||Supporting role|
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- "Sian Gibson: From call centre worker to Peter Kay's Car Share". The Independent. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
- "North Wales actress Sian Gibson admits 'no one knew who I was before Car Share'". DailyPost.co.uk. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
- whatsontvstars (15 January 2016), Sian Gibson: 'I'm ready for a second series of Car Share when Peter is!', retrieved 4 June 2016
- Bolger, Keeley (18 January 2016). "Sian Gibson goes from a Car Share with Peter Kay to Do Not Disturb with Catherine Tate".