Former BBC breakfast host Sian Williams has called for a day of silence for all people killed by COVID-19.
The 56-year-old television journalist, back on the screens of Channel 5’s Secrets of Your Supermarket Food, is best known to many for her role on the BBC One-Day Show.
On Twitter this week, Sian responded to a tweet about coronavirus pandemic victims when she said people could use “a full day of quiet reflection”
Sky journalist Nick Stylianou tweeted after it was revealed that the UK had seen more than 100,000 deaths from the fatal error: “If we were to keep a second of silence for every person who has died so far, it would be 27 hours, 49 Minutes and longer last 22 seconds. “
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Sian shared the tweet for her own followers, writing next to it, “Maybe we should … a full day of silence. A whole day of quiet reflection. “
Maybe we should … a whole day of silence. A whole day of quiet reflection. https://t.co/Equ9beVfg6
– Sian Williams (@ sianwilliams100) January 26, 2021
Who is ex-BBC breakfast host Sian Williams?
Sian is a journalist, author and television presenter.
Born in London to Welsh parents, she studied English and history at university before starting her television career on BBC News in the late 1990s.
Sian is married to journalist Paul Woolwich and has two children, son Seth and daughter Evie. Sian also has two grown sons from her first marriage to Neale Hunt and a stepdaughter named Emily.
What shows was Sian Williams on and why did she leave BBC Breakfast?
Sian joined the BBC Breakfast line-up in 2001 and has been on the program for 11 years. But she left in 2012 when the studio moved north from the television center to the BBC’s Salford headquarters.
According to the BBC, both she and presenter Chris Hollins have decided not to stay on the show for “personal reasons”.
In 2015, she left the BBC to become the main presenter of Channel 5 News. In a statement made at the time, she said, “As Channel 5 is committed to improving its coverage even further, this is a great opportunity and an exciting challenge to join this talented and impressive team.”
Sian has also appeared in Doctor Who as herself and in the celebrity editions of programs such as Antiques Road Trip, Pointless, Eggheads, and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
The star has been working on Channel 5’s Secrets of Your Supermarket Food since the show started in 2019 – which is back for a new series.
Did Sian Williams have cancer?
Yes, doctors diagnosed Sian with breast cancer in 2014.
It came just a week after her 50th birthday and she had a double mastectomy.
Speaking to Woman and Home magazine, she discovered that her greatest fear was not being there for her children.
She told the publication, “My biggest fear was not being there as a mother – and for some unfathomable reason I couldn’t stop thinking that I wanted to be here for my daughter Evie to see her get married.”
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Heartbreakingly, her daughter Evie asked if she would get cancer herself after asking if all mothers had the disease.
Excerpts from her diary published by the Daily mailShe wrote, “I want you to know that cancer isn’t always a death sentence like it was for your grandma.
“I want them to know that you can have cancer and still be you, even if part of you has been taken away. I want them to understand that hospitals are not full of fear. “
– Secrets of Your Supermarket Food airs on Channel 5 Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
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