King Richard Biopic: Are the Actresses Playing Venus and Serena Williams Sisters in Real Life?

Published 11/11/2021, 6:00 AM EST
1992: Serena Williams and her sister Venus Williams ride with their father Richard Williams at a tennis camp in Florida. Mandatory Credit: Ken Levine /Allsport


Warner Bros’ ‘King Richard’ is hooking up on everyone’s mind with the release date inching closer. The biographical drama is exclusively based on the lives of the Williams family. The movie revolves around Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena Williams, and his determination towards them.

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The famous actor, Will Smith, is playing the lead role of Richard Williams. Aunjanue Ellis is acting as Oracene “Brandy” Price, Serena and Venus’ mother. Notably, two rising actors are playing the roles of young Serena and Venus. Demi Singleton will be seen as Serena Williams. On the other hand, Saniyya Sidney will be playing Venus’ role.

LONDON – JULY 02: Richard Williams, father and coach of Serena Williams, show his emotion during her Women’s Singles fourth round match between Serena Williams of USA and Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia during day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Are Demi Singleton and Saniyya Sidney sisters in real life?

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Unlike Serena Williams and Venus Williams, Demi and Saniyya are not sisters in real life.

Saniyya Sidney

Saniyya Sidney is a 15-year-old American actress and is working in the film industry since 2012. Her breakthrough came with the horror series American Horror Story: Roanoke and the historical drama picture Fences, for which she received Critics’ Choice and SAG Award nominations.

Moreover, she has also worked in some noteworthy movies like Hidden Figures, Fast Color, and FOX’s Passage. In the biopic, ‘King Richard’, Saniyya is playing the role of seven-time Grand Slam winner, Venus Williams.

Demi Singleton

The 14-years old American Demi Singleton is an actor, dancer, and singer originally from New Orleans. She then moved to New York and began her journey in the film industry.

Her noteworthy works include School of Rock- The Musical, The Lion King, and Godfather of Harlem. In the biopic of Richard Williams, Demi Singleton is getting in the shoes of the 23-time Grand Slam champion, Serena Williams.

When actresses found out Venus and Serena Williams loved the movie

Just recently, at the Tamron Hall show, Demi Singleton and Saniyya Sidney revealed Serena and Venus’ reactions when they first saw the movie. Surprisingly, both the actresses were not present there to capture Venus and Serena’s overwhelming responses.

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Singleton, who’s playing Serena Williams’ role, said,We weren’t there when they (Serena and Venus) saw the film, but we found out that they enjoyed it and they were happy about it.”

While talking about the exciting moment, Singleton added, ” I think we were just in outer space. We were so happy because we had worked so hard and that was the whole goal. We really wanted the family to watch the film and kind of see themselves on that screen. So when they said they loved it we’re so excited.”

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Following the Williams sisters’ reaction, it’s pretty certain that both the actresses must have worked extremely hard for ‘King Richard’. Both Serena and Venus appreciated the efforts of all the cast who have worked on the special biopic. Are you excited to watch ‘King Richard’? Let us know!

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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