Suranne Jones
British actress
Suranne Jones
Suranne Jones is an English actress. She first rose to prominence playing the role of Karen McDonald in ITV1's soap opera Coronation Street over a period of four years. In 2004, she left Coronation Street, later remarking: "I just thought, while [Karen Karen]'s brilliant and I'm enjoying her, I've got to get out".
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Disposable Bag Fee Likely
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The Boulder City Council appears likely to impose a 10-cent fee on all disposable grocery bags -- paper or plastic -- starting in July 2013. The council voted 7-1 Thursday night to approve an ordinance establishing the fee, which is half as much as the city staff originally suggested. Councilman George Karakehian voted "no," and Councilman Tim Plass was absent. However, council members had to change the reference in the ordinance to the amount of the fee that retailers will get to keep to cover their costs. The ordinance said retailers could keep 20 percent of the fee. However, that percentage was meant to refer to 4 cents out of the previously proposed 20-cent fee. The council had to change that to 40 percent because the fee is now just 10 cents. That change means the ordinance will have to come back for a fourth reading Nov. 15. Karakehian made a last effort to persuade his colleagues to reconsider the fee and change it to a ban on just plastic bags. He said a ban ...
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Tony on TV - 25th April
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THE facial gurnings that always accompanied Davina McCall on ‘Big Brother’ always made me thank that radio had been invented. However, everyone deserves a second chance, so it was good to see that community service does work as Ms McCall adopts normal mode in ITV’s ‘Long Lost Family.’ Dubbed ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ for mere mortals, this seven-part series, which continues on Thursday, is far more interesting as she and co-host Nicky Campbell preside over reunions and reconciliations among families that have seen happier days. Such good luck is not always the case for some other leading ladies on TV -- namely those playing hard-nosed detectives who seem to have their work cut out in a triple treat of cases featuring imported crimes and those nearer home. On Saturday, BBC4 has left the sunnier climes of Sicily’s ‘Inspector Montalbano’ and headed north to Scandinavia for a joint Danish-Swedish production of ‘The Bridge’ starring “cold fish” detective Saga Noren as she and her tea ...
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Brooker tackles 'sense of unease' - Belfast Telegraph
Google News - over 5 years
Charlie Brooker has cast Julia Davis, Rupert Everett and Suranne Jones in his new series, which he said will examine the "sense of unease" around the rise of technology. Charlie, who said the three-part series Black Mirror was "inspired" by the
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Sky stocks up with big reorder for Trollied - Televisual
Google News - over 5 years
Forthcoming shows include Spy starring Darren Boyd and Robert Lindsay; Craig Cash's The Cafe; Ruth Jones' Stella; Charlie Brooker's A Touch of Cloth starring Suranne Jones and John Hannah; Gates starring Joanna Page, Sue Johnston and Tom Ellis;
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Doctor Who Scoops TV Choice Awards - Doctor Who TV (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
For anyone out there that may be miffed that Single Father beat Doctor Who in the Best Actor category, bear in mind that David Tennant was acting alongside Suranne Jones (and also Neve Mcintosh!) Makes it feel a little more Who-ish
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Post Game TV Recap: DOCTOR WHO S6E10 'The Girl Who Waited' - Newsarama
Google News - over 5 years
The Mona Lisa makes a return to the Whoniverse, last seen on The Sara Jane Adventures in Mona Lisa's Revenge, where she was played by Suranne Jones, just seen in The Doctor's Wife. One wonders if Rory just destroyed the original Mona Lisa,
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Tough for women, says Jones - Sky News
Google News - over 5 years
Suranne Jones has claimed not much has changed for working women since the 1980s - and the TV industry is no exception. The former Coronation Street actress is currently starring in Caryl Churchill's Top Girls in the West End, which was written at the
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Boys' Night Out, Girls' Night Out, and 'The Faith Machine' - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
In a real gift for the all-female company, the two acts that follow show us the modern-day professional and private circumstances of the dinner party's host, Marlene (Suranne Jones), who remains a constant throughout while the rest of the able
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Charlie Brooker pens spoof crime drama for Sky1 - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Charlie Brooker has written a two-hour spoof crime drama for Sky1 starring John Hannah, Suranne Jones and Julian Rhind-Tutt. A Touch of Cloth has been co-written with Daniel Maier, a writer on ITV1's Harry Hill's TV Burp, and sets out to be a "spoof of ... - -
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2012 SFX Awards - The Doctor Who News Page
Google News - over 5 years
Matt Smith and Karen Gillan are suggested for the Best Sci-Fi Actor and Actress categories, with the latter also featuring Alex Kingston (River Song), Suranne Jones (Idris) and Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper/Torchwood); other nominees include Aidan Turner and
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Opening: Top Girls, Parade, BlueBirds & Potted Potter - WhatsOnStage.com
Google News - over 5 years
... (previews from 5 August), Max Stafford-Clark's revival of Top Girls, Caryl Churchill's seminal play about feminism in the 1980s, transfers from Chichester Festival to Trafalgar Studios 1 with a cast including Suranne Jones and Catherine McCormack
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Preview: Five Reasons to Love Top Girls - Spoonfed
Google News - over 5 years
Following in the footsteps of the likes of Gwen Taylor and Lesley Manville, small screen star Suranne Jones tackles the meaty lead role of Marlene. Her rather impressive CV includes recent appearances in TV dramas Single Father and Scott & Bailey,
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Top Girls are back at Trafalgar Studios for a strictly limited season - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
The cast includes Stella Gonet, Suranne Jones, Catherine McCormack and Lucy Briers. Extra members can buy top price tickets for £25 (usually £45). The offer is valid until 29 September (excluding 16 August)
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film crews put the focus on us! - Scarborough Today
Google News - over 5 years
And over the years Scarborough has featured in a number of high-profile productions including Little Voice, The Royal, Vincent starring Ray Winstone, and Five Days starring former Coronation Street actress Suranne Jones and David Morrissey
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Sally Lindsay joins the call for actresses to create their own TV projects - Stage
Google News - over 5 years
The actress, who created the ITV drama Scott and Bailey with Suranne Jones, follows Dervla Kirwan and Mad Dogs' stars Mark Warren and Philip Glenister in highlighting how performers should be developing their own TV dramas and comedies as vehicles for
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Suranne Jones backs future stars with the Truth About Youth - Manchester Evening News
Google News - over 5 years
Suranne Jones with some of the young people involved in the Truth About Youth at The Royal Exchange Theatre. Suranne Jones with some of the young people involved in the Truth About Youth at The Royal Exchange Theatre. 1/2 Play Slideshow Actress Suranne
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ITV Recommission A Host Of Cop Shows - OntheBox
Google News - over 5 years
Scott & Bailey was well received by both viewers and critics when it debuted earlier this year and the drama starring Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp regularly pulled in eight million viewers. A second series is expected to start filming this autumn
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Suranne Jones
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 37
    In January at the 2016 National Television Awards, Jones, visibly pregnant, announced she was expecting their first child.
    More Details Hide Details On 11 March at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, in a speech via video accepting an award, Jones alluded to having given birth. The following day a representative for the couple confirmed to the press that Jones had given birth to a baby boy the week prior. Jones has been involved with various charitable organisations. When Jones 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". Jones also has worked with Christian Aid, travelling to Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo (the latter accompanied by Sally Lindsay), helping with projects concerning HIV, women's rights and child soldiers. Politically, Jones describes herself as a Labour Party supporter, though in 2012 she expressed doubts over then leader Ed Miliband.
    For her performance, Jones received the National Television Award for Best Drama Performance, the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actress, the Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor (female) and the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress at the respective 2016 ceremonies.
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    For her portrayal of Gemma Foster, a successful GP who suffers personal betrayal, in Doctor Foster (2015-), Jones won several awards including a Broadcasting Press Guild award and the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress in 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Jones's stage credits include A Few Good Men (2005), Blithe Spirit (2009), Top Girls (2011), Beautiful Thing (2013) and Orlando (2014).
    Jones additionally served as an executive producer for the fifth and final series in 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 36
    The programme earned critical acclaim, with Radio Times noting that "a career-best Suranne Jones was unstoppably brilliant"; the magazine placed Doctor Foster second in a roundup of the Top 40 best television shows of 2015.
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    In September 2015, Jones starred as the titular character in the BBC One thriller Doctor Foster, as a GP whose life begins to unravel when she suspects her husband of infidelity.
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  • 2014
    Age 35
    Jones lives in London with her husband, magazine editor Laurence Akers. It was reported in 2014 that Jones had become engaged to Akers after meeting him at a wedding earlier in the year. In August 2015, it was reported that the pair had married at a ceremony in Islington.
    More Details Hide Details However, Jones later clarified that the pair had in fact married the previous year.
    The drama, which began filming in August and was broadcast in April 2014, marks Jones's first acting appearance in a period drama.
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    In February 2014, Jones started in Sarah Ruhl's stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Orlando at the Royal Exchange in Manchester.
    More Details Hide Details The play received generally positive reviews from critics, with Jones's performance being described as "superb" by Matt Trueman in The Guardian, though Quentin Letts of the Daily Mail gave a more mixed review, stating that Jones "perhaps lacks the necessary ethereal quality" for the role.
  • 2013
    Age 34
    Jones returned to the London stage in 2013 in a 20th anniversary revival of Jonathan Harvey's play, Beautiful Thing.
    More Details Hide Details The play is scheduled to run between 13 April and 25 May at the Arts Theatre, London followed by a short national tour. She is also due to appear in the second series of the television play anthology Playhouse Presents. Jones starred as herself in "Stage Door Johnnies", a comedy mockumentary about obsessive theatre fans. In June, it was announced that Jones is to play a judge "battling to keep her head above water in the murky depths of the justice system in Lawless. Lawless, a pilot episode, was broadcast on Sky1 as part of its Drama Matters pilot season. In August, it was announced that Jones was cast opposite Hermione Norris and Oona Chaplin in The Crimson Field, a BBC drama set in a field hospital in France during the First World War.
  • 2012
    Age 33
    In March 2012, Jones began filming The Secret of Crickley Hall, a BBC1 dramatisation of the 2006 best selling novel by James Herbert.
    More Details Hide Details She plays the lead role of Eve Caleigh, a woman who moves to Crickley Hall in an attempt to move on from the loss of her son, only to be haunted by supernatural occurrences. Jones described the series as a "classic haunted house spine-chiller with an emotional family story at its heart."
  • 2011
    Age 32
    In August 2011, it was announced that Jones would star alongside John Hannah in a spoof detective drama written by Charlie Brooker and Daniel Maier called A Touch of Cloth.
    More Details Hide Details The programme aired in August 2012 on Sky1. Jones plays DC Anne Oldman, the "plucky, no-nonsense sidekick" of DCI Jack Cloth (Hannah).
    In July 2011, Jones starred as Marlene, a career-woman living in Thatcher's Britain, in the Minerva Theatre's production of Top Girls by Caryl Churchill in Chichester.
    More Details Hide Details Michael Billington, reviewer for The Guardian, remarked that "Suranne Jones captures excellently the hidden regrets of the go-getting Marlene". The production was later transferred to the West End's Trafalgar Studios.
    In May 2011, Jones played the central character of Idris in the Doctor Who episode "The Doctor's Wife".
    More Details Hide Details Jones was cast due to writer Neil Gaiman wanting an actress, in the words of Jones, who is "odd; beautiful but strange-looking, and quite funny" to play the role of Idris. Dan Martin, reviewer for The Guardian, noted that "Suranne Jones arguably sets the standard by which all guest stars must now be judged here Jones was electrifying throughout". Later, Jones played DC Rachel Bailey in ITV's detective series, Scott & Bailey, opposite Lesley Sharp, who plays DC Janet Scott. The series is based upon an original idea by Jones and Sally Lindsay, her former Coronation Street co-star. Scott & Bailey returned in 2012 for a second series.
  • 2010
    Age 31
    In March 2010 Jones starred in Five Days, a non-connected sequel to the 2007 series of the same name, as the female lead DC Laurie Franklin.
    More Details Hide Details Later in the year, she starred as Sarah in Single Father on BBC1, a character who falls in love with a widower, Dave (David Tennant), who was married to her best friend before her death.
    Jones was nominated for the Times Breakthrough Award at the 2010 South Bank Show Awards, the last ever ceremony, but lost to David Blandy.
    More Details Hide Details When discussing her nomination she said, "You do question 'What am I breaking through?' Am I breaking through the perception of people who just thought I was a screaming banshee in Coronation Street? Is it that I've worked hard and I've got better? Is it that now it's alright to say that I'm alright? I don't know what I was breaking through, but I knew that it was nice to feel included and patted on the back for a lot of hard work". Jones was described by Andrew Billen of The Times as being in a category of "those brave, talented few who earn their wings on a soap and then fly gloriously beyond it".
    Later in the year, in November, she played the role of the Mona Lisa in the two-part episode "Mona Lisa's Revenge" in The Sarah Jane Adventures. In December, Jones starred in the Manchester Royal Exchange's production of Blithe Spirit, by Noël Coward, which ran until late January 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 30
    In January 2009, Jones appeared in Unforgiven, a three-part drama on ITV1, where she plays Ruth Slater, a woman released from prison after serving a 15-year prison sentence for the murder of two policemen.
    More Details Hide Details Naturally brown-haired, Jones dyed her hair "tobacco yellow" with "big roots"; Jones joked that whilst not filming she "really should have worn a wig". Additionally, the character of Ruth wore no make-up throughout, with Jones stating she was left feeling "quite exposed", but nonetheless saying "Ruth wouldn't have worn any make-up, I don't think". Jones received favourable reviews for her portrayal, with Brian Viner of The Independent writing: "a stunning performance, the stuff of Bafta nominations if ever I saw it. Heck, on the back of it she might even get propelled into the movies, and bring a bit of North Country sense to the Golden Globes". Viner summarised his review of Unforgiven by stating, "Five stars all round, and six for Jones". Jones later stated, "I loved that role. They don't come along that often. It was seen by the broadsheets as well as the tabloids. It gave me a little bit of credibility, I suppose".
  • TWENTIES
  • 2008
    Age 29
    In 2008 she played Martha, one of the female leads, in the ITV medical series Harley Street.
    More Details Hide Details Her performance drew mixed reviews, with one critic commenting on a "ludicrous" received pronunciation accent that the character possessed; the programme's tepid critical reception, combined with poor viewer ratings, signalled its end after just one series.
  • 2007
    Age 28
    In autumn 2007, Jones undertook a national tour in the stage run of the film Terms of Endearment, where she played Emma, opposite Linda Gray and John Bowe.
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    On New Year's Day 2007, Jones starred in a Yorkshire and London based black comedy, Dead Clever with Helen Baxendale and Dean Lennox Kelly on ITV1.
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  • 2006
    Age 27
    In 2006, she starred as Snow White in the pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarves at the Manchester Opera House alongside Justin Moorhouse and fellow Coronation Street actor John Savident.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared in Kay Mellor's Strictly Confidential in which she played a bisexual sex therapist.
  • 2005
    Age 26
    Ignoring reality TV offers, in autumn 2005, Jones starred in an ITV's detective drama series Vincent, with Ray Winstone in the title role; this was Jones's first television role since leaving Coronation Street the previous year.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, she starred on the West End stage in A Few Good Men opposite Rob Lowe and John Barrowman, which earned her the Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also appeared in the musical special Celebrate Oliver! which was screened on BBC1.
  • 2004
    Age 25
    She made her last appearance as Karen on Boxing Day 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Of her tenure as Karen McDonald on Coronation Street, Jones later remarked: "I just thought, while she's brilliant and I'm enjoying her, I've got to get out". Jones stated that upon her departure from Coronation Street, that she received numerous offers to appear in reality TV programmes, which she declined, quipping: "lots of money to go off and eat a crocodile's knob, or whatever".
    In May 2004, it was announced that Jones was to leave Coronation Street after four years of playing Karen.
    More Details Hide Details She described working on a soap opera as "exhausting", remarking, "I was living and breathing Karen McDonald".
  • 2000
    Age 21
    In 2000, some weeks after her unsuccessful audition for Geena Gregory, Jones was contacted by Coronation Street bosses, who offered her a part of a new character.
    More Details Hide Details Jones took on the role of Karen Phillips (no relation to Mandy), making her first appearance on 21 June. The character, after marrying Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson), took on his surname, and became Karen McDonald. Described as "a bulldog in hoop earrings" and a "Victoria Beckham wannabe", the role garnered Jones public attention, with episodes involving feuds between her and rival Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) receiving millions of viewers; the episode featuring Karen and Steve's (second) wedding, ruined by Tracy Barlow's revelation that her daughter Amy Barlow was Steve's love child, received 16.3 million viewers. Jones also began modelling 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".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1997
    Age 18
    Jones's television career began, however, in 1997, where she had a very small role in Coronation Street in April 1997 as Mandy Phillips, a girlfriend of Chris Collins (Matthew Marsden).
    More Details Hide Details She was then cast in a television advert for Maltesers, guest starred in episodes of series such as City Central and had a small role in My Wonderful Life. She auditioned for the role of Charity Dingle on the soap opera Emmerdale, becoming one of the final four actors considered for the part, though the role was eventually given to Emma Atkins. She also auditioned for the part of Geena Gregory on Coronation Street, though she felt she knew Jennifer James would win the role—which she did—upon seeing her at the auditions.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Born
    Jones was born Sarah Anne Jones in Chadderton, Oldham, on 27 August 1978, the daughter of Chris and Jenny Jones, an engineer and a secretary, respectively.
    More Details Hide Details She has a sibling, an older brother named Gary. Jones was brought up 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". Jones 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". As a child she was talkative, and later recounted that her priest would say to her: "I'm praying you can concentrate just a bit more". Jones suffers from carpophobia (fear of wrists), which she believes possibly developed from viewing imagery of Christ's crucifixion and stigmata as a child. Jones was educated at Cardinal Langley Roman Catholic High School. Talking of her childhood, Jones commented that "I think I always wanted to be different and felt very stifled at school". Jones also said: "I was bullied at school and I let that get hold of me and withdrew into myself — I regret letting that happen". She became a member of the Oldham Theatre Workshop, where she befriended Antony Cotton, who now plays Sean Tully on Coronation Street. She completed a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts, though she felt "that wasn't quite the same as drama school".
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