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.”
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