Aug. 27th, 1978
Oldham, Greater Manchester, England, UK
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Suranne Jones (born Sarah Anne Jones; August 27, 1978) is an English actress. She first rose to prominence playing the role of Karen McDonald in ITV1's soap opera Coronation Street over a period of four years.
In 2004, she left Coronation Street, finding herself looking to experience different roles and present herself as a more capable actress. Upon leaving, Jones took on roles in drama series broadcasts on ITV1, including Vincent, Strictly Confidential and Harley Street. Jones's role as a woman convicted of the murder of two police officers in Unforgiven garnered her critical acclaim and her subsequent roles in the BBC One dramas Five Days and Single Father were also well received. Since 2011 Jones has starred in Scott & Bailey as DC Rachel Bailey, with the television series being an original idea conceived by Jones herself and fellow actress Sally Lindsay.
Jones also received acclaim for her portrayal of a humanoid incarnation of the iconic TARDIS in a 2011 episode of long-running BBC science fiction series Doctor Who. In addition to her television career, Jones is also a stage performer, having acted in productions of Caryl Churchill's Top Girls and Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit among others.
Born in Chadderton, Greater Manchester, the daughter of Chris and Jenny Jones, an engineer and a secretary, respectively. She also has a sibling, an older brother named Gary. Jones was raised a Catholic; her priest suggested to her father she be christened Sarah Anne, instead of Suranne, her great-grandmother's name, as Suranne was not "a proper name". Jones grew up in a house surrounded by two farms and their fields and commented that one of her earliest memories is of "cows looking in the window as we ate our tea". As a child she was talkative, and later recounted that her priest would say "I'm praying you can concentrate just a bit more". Jones suffers from carpophobia (fear of wrists), which she believes possibly developed from viewing imagery of Christ's crucifixion and stigmata as a child. Talking of her childhood, Jones commented that "I think I always wanted to be different and felt very stifled at school". Jones also stated, "I was bullied at school and I let that get hold of me and withdrew into myself — I regret letting that happen".
She became a member of the Oldham Theatre Workshop, where she befriended Antony Cotton, who now plays Sean Tully on Coronation Street. She completed a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts, though she felt "that quite the same as drama school".
Jones remains in Manchester and lives in a "150-year-old cottage", though stated in 2010 she was searching for a flat in London too, due to her career requiring that she spend most of the week there. She lives with her Jack Russell Terrier, Baxter. Whilst playing Karen McDonald in Coronation Street, Jones became engaged to Jim Phelan, an IT consultant, however, the couple separated. Politically, Jones describes herself as a Labour Party supporter, though she has expressed doubts over the leadership of Ed Miliband. Jones has been involved with various charitable organisations; as a teenager, Jones's mother Jenny 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". Jones also has worked with Christian Aid, travelling to Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo (the latter accompanied by Sally Lindsay), helping with projects concerning HIV, women's rights and child soldiers.
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