|Suranne Jones Quick Info
|5 ft 7 in
|Date of Birth
|August 27, 1978
Suranne Jones is an English actress, writer, stage artist, and producer who shot to fame by playing Karen McDonald in Coronation Street from 2000 to 2004. The actress has also gained recognition with her roles like Sergeant Rachel Bailey in Scott & Bailey, Dr. Gemma Foster in Doctor Foster, Anne Lister in Gentleman Jack, Claire McGory in Save Me, Linda Nelson in Strictly Confidential, Beth Goddard in Vincent, Dr. Martha Elliot in Harley Street, and Ruth Slater in Unforgiven. Moreover, she has been cast in stage productions including Terms of Endearment, A Few Good Men, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Orlando, Blithe Spirit, and Frozen.
Sarah Anne Jones
Middleton, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Muswell Hill, London, England, United Kingdom
Suranne Jones studied at Cardinal Langley Roman Catholic High School in Middleton. She then got enrolled at Manchester School of Acting and completed a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts. However, she felt the school “[wasn’t] quite the same as drama school”.
Actress, Writer, Producer, Stage Artist
- Father – Christopher Jones
- Mother – Jenifer (née Knox) Jones
- Sibling – Gary Jones (Older Brother)
Jones has been signed with Shepherd Management, Talent Agency, London, England, United Kingdom.
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
55 kg or 121 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Suranne Jones has dated –
- Laurence Akers (2013-Present) – She met freelance scriptwriter and former magazine editor, Laurence Akers, at the wedding of Suranne’s long-term friend and actress Sally Lindsay to musician Steve White. Laurence and Jones married the following year and she changed her name legally to Sarah Anne Akers. In March 2016, they were blessed with a son.
Race / Ethnicity
- Long neck
- Usually sports short hair
She was raised as a Catholic.
Suranne Jones Facts
- It was her priest who suggested to her father that she be christened “Sarah Anne”, instead of “Suranne”, her great-grandmother’s name, as Suranne was not “a proper name”.
- She was raised in a house on Foxdenton Lane which was surrounded by two farms and their fields.
- Recounting her childhood, Suranne Jones once stated, “I think I always wanted to be different and felt very stifled at school”. She 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 once stated that one of her earliest memories is of “cows looking in the window as we ate our tea”.
- Growing up, she was a talkative child and has said that her priest would tell her, “I’m praying you can concentrate just a bit more”.
- She was 16 years old when she began acting professionally.
- Suranne Jones played the role of Joanne Galloway in the Theatre Royal Haymarket production of A Few Good Men in 2005 and this performance won her the Theatregoers’ Choice Award for “Best Supporting Actress”.
- During her teen years, her mother 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.”
- She has been friends with Sally Lindsay and Antony Cotton.
- Working with Christian Aid, Jones has traveled to Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo to help with projects concerning HIV, women’s rights, and child soldiers.
- She suffers from carpophobia which is a fear of wrists. According to her, it possibly developed from viewing imagery of Christ’s crucifixion and stigmata as a child.
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