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Suranne Jones says playing a lesbian character in Gentleman Jack ‘changed people’s lives’

Suranne Jones said her character as a lesbian landowner in Gentleman Jack has changed people’s lives, which she describes as ‘extraordinary’. The historical drama will air on BBC One tomorrow night

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Suranne Jones says it’s ‘extraordinary’ that her character has changed people’s lives

Suranne Jones likes the fact that her character Jack has become a global gay icon and “changed people’s lives”.

And she’ll be back as lesbian landowner for a second series on BBC One tomorrow night.

Suranne, 43, said: “The fact that it has changed people’s lives is phenomenal. This is something that can start conversations with people that they probably didn’t have the tools to do before. So it’s a great thing to be a part of it. ”

The historical drama, written by Happy Valley creator Sally Wainwright, is based on the eerie diaries of posh Yorkshire businesswoman and adventurer Anne Lister, who dresses as black as a man and is popular with the people. Locally known as Mr. Jack.

In her diary, she details her secret affairs with nobles, her “wedding” to heiress Ann Walker in the 1830s, and their life at Shibden Hall near Halifax.







Sophie Rundle as Ann Walker and Suranne Jones as Anne Lister in Gentleman Jack
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“I think when we first talked about what Sally’s Mr. Jack was going to be, it was almost like a historical drama,” Suranne said. There is no other historical drama like this. “

The show has been an international hit since the first series debuted in 2019, and Anne is often described as Britain’s first modern lesbian.

During the second series premiere in London, Suranne heard from an audience member who became transgender after seeing her role.

The former Coronation Street star replied: “Thank you for loving us and appreciating us and bringing us into your life.

“I think you’ll find out in season two what love is for Anne Lister but for her it was a shock to her what love was and it wasn’t what she thought it was.”

Suranne’s personal icon is her late mother and she is also inspired by actresses including Julie Walters and Meryl Streep.







Suranne plays a lesbian character in historical drama
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She also revealed her character’s swagger based on Liam Gallagher.

“I would walk around the gym from straight and straight to Liam Gallagher,” she said.

“In season two, she has a wife, she arranges her life, she runs a business, she spends her money. She’s not just on fire – she’s dangerous.”

In addition to being the first gay character of its kind, the gay possessive Anne is also the first Tory of her kind, Suranne said.

“We’ve never seen a Tory like this that we’ve all been fascinated with,” she said.

“We shouldn’t like her all the time. Whatever your politics, I think it’s fascinating to see a character like this with her own politics.”

Gentleman Jack starts on BBC One at 9pm tomorrow

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