Suranne Jones on Gentleman Jack


Suranne Jones on her thrill at playing a completely modern day true-life Regency heroine in BBC1 period drama Gentleman Jack

Suranne Jones has produced her name playing sturdy females. But effective 19th century lesbian landowner Anne Lister in BBC1’s correct-life drama Gentleman Jack is her most spirited and irrepressible character to date.

Penned and directed by Satisfied Valley and Scott & Bailey writer Sally Wainwright, the star-studded eight-aspect series, inspired by Anne’s coded diaries, explores how the shrewd businesswoman, who was dubbed ‘Gentleman Jack’ by her neighbours, romanced a string of lady like troubled but wealthy Ann Walker (Bodyguard’s Sophie Rundle).

Suranne Jones tells Television Instances why she couldn’t say no to Gentleman Jack

Television Instances: What do you adore about playing Anne Lister?

Suranne Jones: “There’s so considerably to adore! It feels seriously modern day and fresh for the reason that she’s a lady in a man’s globe. She’s a 1-off character who is eccentric, unknowable, flawed, but correct to herself.”

Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle as Anne Lister and Ann Walker in Gentleman Jack

Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle as Anne Lister and Ann Walker in Gentleman Jack

TVT: How do you see her connection with Ann Walker?

SJ: “There is a joyfulness about her adore of females but there is such sadness when her heart gets broken a lot. Their connection is so up and down all the time, but they have lovely scenes collectively exactly where Anne is unguarded.”

TVT: What do you make of Anne’s distinctive style?

SJ: “Her top rated half is incredibly male and each new cast member who saw me with my collars and top rated hat on went, ‘Wow!’ I like to rehearse dressed as her for the reason that I  hold myself differently. Other people’s performances alter as well for the reason that she and the costume are so imposing. She is unaware of people’s individual space as well. I can see other actors considering, ‘Why is no one telling her she is incredibly close?!’”

TVT: You worked with Sally on Unforgiven, Dead Clever and Scott & Bailey, have you enjoyed teaming up once more?

SJ: “I wanted to perform with Sally as a director for the reason that I’d only worked with her as a writer. She’s so clever. From time to time she has to inform me, ‘That’s direct from the diary,’ for the reason that her writing is so seamless. I’ve had to somehow be a sponge to all of her 20 years of perform on this.”

Gentleman Jack airs on Sunday 19 May perhaps on BBC1 at 9pm


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