Suranne Jones is an English actress and producer who is well-known as “Karen McDonald in Coronation Street” between 2000 to 2004. She is also well-recognized for starring as Detective Rachel Bailey in the police procedural “Scott & Bailey” and in “Doctor Foster” (2015–2017) as Gemma Foster, a successful GP who suffers personal betrayal. Jones garnered further attention for her roles in Single Father, Five Days (both 2010), and The Crimson Field (2014), as well as stage work including productions of A Few Good Men (2005), Blithe Spirit (2009), Top Girls (2011), Beautiful Thing (2013) and Orlando (2014). Additionally, she has also starred in Save Me (2018) and Gentleman Jack (2019-present).
I Am Victoria: Suranne Jones’s ‘staggering’ performance in Channel 4 drama
Viewers have shared their praise after the return of Channel 4’s acclaimed drama series I Am… last night (5 August). Each episode of I Am… tells a standalone female-led story, with yesterday’s episode (“I Am Victoria”) focusing on a character called Victoria, played by Suranne Jones. On Twitter, other viewers expressed their praise for Jones. “Suranne Jones doesn’t need to say anything for you to be immediately hooked. She is a staggering actress,” wrote one viewer.
What is Suranne Jones Famous For?
- Being an actress as well as a producer from England.
- For her work in “Doctor Foster” (2015-2017), “Scott & Bailey” (2011-2016), and “Coronation Street” (2000-2004).
Who are Suranne Jones Parents?
Suranne Jones was born on 27th August 1978 in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England, the UK with the birth name of Sarah Anne Jones. She grew up in a house on Foxdenton Lane, surrounded by two farms and their fields, and commented that one of her earliest memories is of “cows looking in the window as we ate our tea”. Her father’s name is Christopher Jones who is an engineer and her mother’s name is Jenifer Jones who was a secretary. Her mother passed away in the year 2016. She also has a sibling, an older brother, Gary Jones. She was brought up as a Catholic; her priest suggested to her father she be christened Sarah Anne instead of Suranne, her great-grandmother’s name, as Suranne was not “a proper name”. As a child she was talkative, and later recounted that her priest would tell her, “I’m praying you can concentrate just a bit more”. Virgo is her Zodiac sign. Suranne celebrated her 42nd birthday as of 2020. She is British by nationality and her ethnicity is British-White.
Regarding her education, Suranne Jones studied at Cardinal Langley Roman Catholic High School in Middleton. She then got enrolled at Manchester School of Acting and completed a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts. However, she felt the school “[wasn’t] quite the same as drama school”.
Suranne Jones Career Timeline
- Suranne Jones began acting at the age of 16. She revealed that her first role was at the age of 8, in “Wait Until Dark” as Gloria. Having obtained an agent at 15, she began to act in the theatre.
- Her TV career began in 1997, with a small role in “Coronation Street” in April 1997 as Mandy Phillips. Similarly, she guest-starred in episodes of series such as “City Central” and had a small role in My “Wonderful Life”.
- Then, she took on the role of Karen Phillips (no relation to Mandy), making her first appearance on 21 June in “Coronation Street”.
- She also began modeling for men’s magazines such as FHM and Loaded, saying: “I was 21, and within three weeks of me joining Corrie I was in Barbados doing a bikini shoot […] I was quite impressionable and I’d just say yes to everything because I wanted to keep my job. The press officer is saying: ‘Do this and you’ll be the new young funky sexy girl.’ We were all doing it at that time, but I realised quite quickly that I needed to concentrate on what I was doing”.
- In May 2004, it was announced that Jones was to leave Coronation Street after four years of playing Karen. She made her last appearance as Karen on Boxing Day 2004.
- After that, she starred in an ITV’s detective drama series “Vincent”, with Ray Winstone in the title role in 2005. In the same year, she starred on the West End stage in “A Few Good Men”.
- Later, she appeared in the musical special Celebrate Oliver! which was screened on BBC1. She also starred as Snow White in the pantomime “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” in 2006.
- Furthermore, she even appeared in Kay Mellor’s “Strictly Confidential” in which she played a bisexual sex therapist.
- She next starred in a Yorkshire and London-based black comedy, “Dead Clever” on New Year’s Day 2007.
- She undertook a national tour in the stage run of the film “Terms of Endearment” in 2007 playing the role of Emma.
- After a year, she played Martha, one of the female leads, in the ITV medical series “Harley Street”.
- She appeared in “Unforgiven”, a three-part drama on ITV1 in January 2009 as Ruth Slater.
- She played the role of the Mona Lisa in the two-part episode “Mona Lisa’s Revenge” in ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures’ in 2010. She also starred in the Manchester Royal Exchange’s production of “Blithe Spirit”, by Noël Coward, which ran until late January 2010.
- In March 2010 she starred in “Five Days” and starred as Sarah in “Single Father” on BBC1.
- Not only this but she has also played the central character of Idris in the Doctor Who episode “The Doctor’s Wife” in May 2011.
- She played DC Rachel Bailey in ITV’s detective series, “Scott & Bailey”.
- She starred as Marlene, a career-woman living in Thatcher’s Britain, in the Minerva Theatre’s production of “Top Girls” in July 2011. After then, she appeared in “A Touch of Cloth” which aired in August 2012 on Sky1.
- She then began filming “The Secret of Crickley Hall” in March 2012.
- Next, she returned to the London stage in 2013 in a 20th-anniversary revival of Jonathan Harvey’s play, “Beautiful Thing”. She starred as herself in Playhouse Presents: “Stage Door Johnnies” in 2013.
- In August 2013, it was announced that Jones was cast opposite Hermione Norris and Oona Chaplin in “The Crimson Field”.
- She starred as the title character in the BBC One thriller “Doctor Foster” in September 2015. As of September 2017, the second series of Doctor Foster premiered, garnering positive critical reception.
- She returned to the West End in a revival of Bryony Lavery’s stage play “Frozen” from February to May 2018 portraying Nancy.
- She appeared in the Sky Atlantic drama “Save Me” in February.
- She began filming BBC and HBO co-production “Gentleman Jack” in May 2018. Premiering in April 2019 in the US, and a month later in the UK, James Poniewozik of The New York Times wrote: “Jones’s performance is a marvel, exuding vitality, charisma and sexual confidence. But she also brings Anne an empathy, humanity and glimpses of vulnerability that make her more than simply a flawless Regency-era Mary Sue.”
- On 31st July 2019, she received the script for the second series of “Save Me”, entitled “Save Me Too”.
- On 1st November 2019, a collaborative cover of “Symphony” by Jones and the Half Moon Theatre was released as a part of the BBC Children In Need album “Got It Covered”.
- She has also provided uncredited vocals on the album’s cover track “It Must Be Love”.
Awards and Achievements
- Won British Soap Award for Best Actress, National Television Award for Most Popular Actress, British Soap Award for Best Actress for her work in Coronation Street in 2004
- Won Theatregoers’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in ‘A Few Good Men’ in 2005
- Won Royal Television Society Regional Award for Best Performance in a Single Drama or Drama Series in 2011 for her work in Scott & Bailey
- Won National Television Award for Best Drama Performance, Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actress, Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor-Female, British Academy Television Awards for Best Actress in 2016, TVTimes Award for Best Actress in 2017, National Television Award for Best Drama Performance in 2018, TVTimes Award for Best Actress in 2019 for her work in ‘Doctor Foster’
Who did Suranne Jones marry?
Suranne Jones is a married woman. She is happily married to her husband, Laurence Akers who is a freelance scriptwriter and former magazine editor by profession. They met in 2013 at the wedding of Jones’s long-term friend, actress Sally Lindsay, to musician Steve White. After dating for a couple of years, the duo announced their engagement on 23rd May 2014. They tied their knot on 4th August 2015. Their wedding was held in a private ceremony in Islington. After she got married, she changed her name legally to Sarah Anne Akers. The couple welcomed their first son in March 2016. Currently, Jones lives in the London district of Muswell Hill, with her husband and their son. Her sexual orientation is straight.
Suranne Jones has also been involved with various charitable organizations. When she was a teenager, her mother Jenny was diagnosed with breast cancer, with Jones saying, “At the time we did a breast cancer campaign together. I still do a lot of charity runs.” Additionally, she even worked with Christian Aid, traveling to Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo to help with projects concerning HIV, women’s rights, and child soldiers.
What is Suranne Jones Net Worth?
Suranne Jones is a very talented and successful actress whose net worth is estimated to have $5 Million as per sources. Her main source of wealth comes from an acting career and she is living a lavish lifestyle as of today. Jones’s exact salary and career earnings till now have not been revealed yet but there is no doubt in the mind of her followers that she is receiving a considerable amount of paycheck from her work.
How tall is Suranne Jones?
Suranne Jones is a beautiful actress. Her body type is slim. She stands tall at a perfect height of 5 ft 10 inches or 1.74 m and her weight consist of 56 kg or 123 lbs. She has a body measurement of 34-28-35 inches. Her hair color is brunette and her eye color is dark brown. She wears a 34D size bra, 8 (US) size of shoe, and 6 (US) size of the dress. She has long hair with a long neck. She suffers from carpophobia which is a fear of wrists. According to her, it possibly developed from viewing imagery of Christ’s crucifixion and stigmata as a child.