Sarah Anne Jones, better known as Suranne Jones, is an actress and producer from England. She has garnered fame for playing the role of Ruth Slater in the miniseries ‘Unforgiven’, Detective Rachel Bailey in the police procedural drama ‘Scott & Bailey’, and GP Gemma Foster in the medical drama ‘Doctor Foster’. Originally from Chadderton, Greater Manchester, Jones joined the Oldham Theatre Workshop and received her BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts from there. She started acting on stage when she was eight years old, portraying Gloria in a production of ‘Wait Until Dark’. She made her screen debut in 1997 in an episode of ‘Coronation Street’. In 2000, she returned to the show to portray Karen McDonald. After she left the ITV soap opera, she was cast in various roles in TV shows like ‘Vincent’, ‘Strictly Confidential’, and ‘Harley Street’. On the big screen, she has appeared in films like ‘Love and a Long Shot’, ‘Broken Hearts’, and ‘A Christmas Star’.
Childhood & Early Life
Born on August 27, 1978, in Chadderton, Greater Manchester, England, Suranne Jones is the daughter of Chris and Jenny Jones. Her mother was a secretary, while her father was an engineer.
She and her older brother Gary were raised in a Catholic household on Foxdenton Lane. Her father initially wanted to name her Suranne, after her great-grandmother, but he was told by their priest to christen her Sarah Anne, so she would have a “proper name”.
After studying at Cardinal Langley Roman Catholic High School in Middleton, Greater Manchester, Jones enrolled in the Oldham Theatre Workshop, from where she earned her BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts. However, she has always felt that her time at the workshop cannot be compared to attending a drama school.
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When Suranne Jones was eight years old, she got her start as an actress, playing the role of Gloria in a production of ‘Wait Until Dark’. She formally started her professional career at 16. After she became a member of the trade union Equity, she adopted Suranne, the name her father intended her to have as the birth name, as her stage name.
By the time she made her screen debut in the ITV soap opera ‘Coronation Street’ in 1997, she had already established herself as a stage actress. In her first appearance, she essayed the role of Mandy Phillips, a girlfriend of Chris Collins (Matthew Marsden).
In 2000, she came back to the show ‘Coronation Street’ to play Karen McDonald. She departed four years later, in 2004, after appearing in 260 episodes in total.
After declining several offers to star in reality shows following the end of her tenure in ‘Coronation Street’, Jones worked with Ray Winstone in the ITV crime drama ‘Vincent’ (2005-06).
In 2005, she performed in a West End production of Aaron Sorkin’s ‘A Few Good Men’, which garnered her the Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress. Over the years, she has also appeared in the productions of plays like ‘Blithe Spirit’ (2009-10), ‘Top Girls’ (2011), and ‘Frozen’ (2018).
In 2006, she was cast as a bisexual former police officer turned sex therapist in the ITV six-part drama series ‘Strictly Confidential’. In the ITV short-lived medical drama ‘Harley Street’ (2008), she played Dr Martha Eliot, a performance that was panned by the critics. However, she redeemed herself shortly after with her outing as the convicted murderer Ruth Slater in the miniseries ‘Unforgiven’ (2009).
She continued to deliver various memorable performances in shows like ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures’ (2009), ‘Single Father’ (2010), ‘The Secret of Crickley Hall’ (2012), ‘The Crimson Field’ (2014), and ‘A Touch of Cloth’ (2012-14).
In a 2011 ‘Doctor Who’ episode, she guest-starred as Idris, an outing that received overwhelmingly positive response from the critics.
From 2011 to 2016, Jones starred as Rachel Bailey opposite Lesley Sharp's Janet Scott in ITV’s ‘Scott & Bailey’. In 2018, she appeared in the Sky Atlantic series ‘Save Me’. She is currently portraying Anne Lister in the HBO and BBC One series ‘Gentleman Jack’.
Jones has been featured on the big screen only a handful of times. Her first cinematic appearance was in the 2009 comedy drama ‘Love and a Long Shot’, portraying a character named Sarah.
In 2012, she appeared as the protagonist Gemma Thompson in Anoosh Varda’s action adventure film ‘Broken Hearts’. In ‘Beautiful Thing’, she played a supporting role. Her most recent film is the 2017 family comedy ‘A Christmas Star’.
In BBC One’s ‘Doctor Foster’ (2015-17), Suranne Jones essayed the role of the titular character, a GP who starts to believe that her husband is being unfaithful to her. For her performance, Jones received the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress in 2016. She also produced several episodes of the show.
Family & Personal Life
Suranne Jones became acquainted with freelance screenwriter and former magazine editor Laurence Akers in 2013 at the wedding of her friend, actress Sally Lindsay, and drummer Steve White. They began dating sometime in the early 2014 and got engaged on May 23, 2014. The couple exchanged wedding vows on August 4, 2015. They have a son, who was born in March 2016.