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Peter Kay’s Car Share: Devastating reason why Sian Gibson quit acting



Sian Gibson recalled the “final audition” of her acting career and the shocking moment that made her decide to leave the industry.

She said: “It was a part in Emmerdale – all I had to say was, ‘You all right?’ 

“I sat in the waiting room getting nervous and I was that desperate for the job [that] I couldn’t even deliver the line.

“I was too hyper because I wanted it so much. That’s when I realised it was over.” 

Soon after the future star started work at a call centre in Chester and buried her dreams of being on TV, a 2017 Radio Times article reported.

Years later, luck struck when when Peter – her friend from University of Salford – sent her a script to see what she “thought of it”.

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What she read was the pilot for ‘Car Share’, a show that would give rise to her becoming a nationally known name. 

Even weeks before film commenced for the TV show, Sian had doubts about whether she was good enough and offered Peter the chance to cast someone else in the role.

He refused and their success led to three award-winning series – which in the process, launched her career and presented her with other acting opportunities.

While she previously thought her career was over, she had an unwavering belief that Peter “would be the one who made it”.

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She said: “He was constantly making films. My mum has all these VHS at home of all the short films he made that I was in. 

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“He’d edit all of his meticulously while most people just banged it together.”

Long before ‘Car Share’, Sian had starred as an extra in a number of shows before her stint as an actress came to an end. 

She recalled: “Things were great at the beginning of my career. Because I’m short, I always played younger parts. 

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“I was in my 20s and always played teenagers. Then I hit 30 and that doesn’t work anymore. It all just dried up.”

The actress regularly maintains that both she and Peter “were surprised” by how successful their show became. 

Sian added: “I was back working part-time – then it came out and straight away I got an agent and it’s like I’ve got two different lives.”

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