Sranne Jones says her mother Jenny’s legacy lives on as she opens up about all things Gentleman Jack ahead of the BBC return
When Suranne Jones returned to the set of Gentleman Jack to play lesbian icon Anne Lister in the hit BBC drama, one person weighed heavily on her.
Suranne, who plays the strong-willed, stomping, groundbreaking Anne, has revealed that when she steps into the role of a character, she can’t help but think about the woman who was the ultimate powerhouse in her own life – she passed away mother jenny
Jenny sadly passed away in 2016 after a heartbreaking battle with dementia. But Suranne says her legacy lives on in her own family life and she will always be grateful that Jenny inspired her to follow her dreams and pursue an acting career.
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The 43-year-old former Coronation Street Star, who was born and raised in Manchester by Jenny and her late father Chris, explained: “There are different icons [in my life]. I had many women in my family, my mother and her sisters, who in different ways were always very strong women, good northern women.”
Suranne, who has a six-year-old son with her husband of four, magazine editor Laurence Akers, continued, “My mother was very shy but with a true strength of character that I hope to be able to share with my son.”
The actress, who has been candid about the devastating impact her mother’s death has had on her, added, “She is no longer with us but I think of her often. I had a really good relationship with my mother.”
Suranne also revealed the inspirational actresses who have influenced her life.
She said, “I think Julie Walters, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep — women actresses who can shape themselves and aren’t afraid of characters.”
That’s something Suranne is certainly pursuing in her portrayal of Anne – a formidable feminist
Icon who paved the way for the LGBTQ+ community when she broke gender norms and vowed to marry the woman she loved.
“I think this was an opportunity for me to make it big or go home,” Suranne said of her scenestealing part in the series, written by acclaimed author Sally Wainwright and her co-stars Peaky Blinders “Sophie Rundle.
“These women that I loved growing up all have physical comedy, physical presence and
using their bodies, and I think those are the reasons I loved them growing up — because it comes out and definitely comes in somewhere in your life mr jack .”
“I trampled around Shibden [Hall in Yorkshire, where the show is filmed] and I walked through the rehearsal room and went from upright to Liam Gallagher,” she laughed, poking fun at the Oasis frontman’s gait she’d adopted.
And there’s much more of Anne’s unique charm for viewers to look forward to when the show returns for eight new episodes.
Anne and her new wife, Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle), settle into married life just a month after tying the knot in a private ceremony. Ann is being cared for by a doctor in York for her frail mental health while Anne is busy putting the finishing touches on her home, Shibden Hall, so the two can move in together.
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But like any relationship, not everything goes smoothly, especially since Ann’s protective family is concerned about the nature of their relationship and their plans to put each other in their respective wills. In addition, Anne’s past love life casts a large shadow
on their romance.
After Anne texts her former lover Mariana Lawton (Lydia Leonard) to tell her she’s moving on, Mariana’s jealousy rears her head and leads to a complicated and passionate love triangle.
Suranne said: “Anne has always had great emotional connections. She falls fast and hard. With Mariana
It was up and down and emotionally draining and draining.
“With Ann Walker, she questions herself. But what viewers will discover is that it’s love, but it is
a very different kind.”
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