First picture! Doctor Foster star Suranne Jones looks almost unrecognisable as the ‘first modern lesbian’

Suranne Jones dressed in black at red carpet event
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Suranne Jones stars in Gentleman Jack

Suranne Jones looks a million miles away from her Doctor Foster character in the first snap of her in a big new BBC1 drama.

The 39-year-old stars as Regency landowner Anne Lister, who has been dubbed the “first modern lesbian”, in Gentleman Jack, which has been penned by Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright.

Dressed in black, Suranne is snapped with Peaky Blinders actress Sophie Rundle, who plays wealthy heiress Ann Walker, Lister’s lover, who she wants to marry.


The whole drama is based on historical fact, recorded in the millions of words of Lister’s diaries containing the most intimate details of her life – which were once hidden in secret code that has now been cracked.

The BBC has said that the eight-part series decodes many of the secrets in the diary for the first time.

Suranne previously 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!”

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David Hollingsworth

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