Friday, 21 July 2017

Suranne Jones to star in new Sally Wainwright drama

Suranne Jones, who played Coronation Street's Karen McDonald, is one of TV's success stories. Since leaving Coronation Street she's gone to star in Doctor Foster and will soon be starring in the next Sally Wainwright drama set in Calderdale.

Sally Wainwright used to write for Coronation Street too.

In the new show, Surranne will play Anne Lister, a 19th century Halifax woman who embarked on a determined and passionate courtship with another woman.

Suranne Jones said: “I first worked with Sally 10 years ago and I remember the feeling of reading her scripts like it was yesterday. They were scripts for women; fresh, daring and bizarre in a wonderful, modern, fun, complex and challenging way. Now I once again get to speak the words of an almighty talent on a show I know she holds close to her heart.

"To have Sally direct me on this feels like I'll finally get to work on a project with her where the connection will be immediate, exciting and new each day, and we can enjoy that amazing ride together! I'm thrilled to be back at the BBC with this role and to be joining the Lookout Point and HBO family.”

Sally Wainwright, who also created Calderdale-based and filmed Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax, said: “I am delighted to be working with Suranne once again, not just as a writer this time, but as a director. Bringing Anne Lister to life with all her complexity, passion, brilliance and wit is an epic challenge that will require all the boldness, subtlety, energy and humour that I know only Suranne will bring to it.”

The series will start filming next year. It’s a Lookout Point production for the BBC and co-produced with HBO.

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Zagg said...

I can't wait for this. Suranne is a great actress. I can't get enough of Scott and Bailey.

Derelict Cucumberpatch said...

She was excellent in Doctor Foster too. Highly recommend it if you haven't seen it Zagg.

Suburban Princess said...

She is such a great actor! I will watch this for sure!
I love Scott & Bailey, Happy Valley, Last Tango....and she played my fave Corrie character!

Anonymous said...

^^^^ although Suranne wasn't in Happy Valley or Last Tango in Halifax...that was Sarah Lancashire. Excellent programmes though.

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