Doctor Foster star Suranne Jones will play a Victorian lesbian who ‘loved sex’ in BBC One drama Gentleman Jack

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SURANNE Jones is playing a Victorian lesbian who “loved sex” in her next BBC1 drama.

The Doctor Foster star, 40, is playing land owner Anne Lister in the Beeb’s adaptation of Gentleman Jack by award-winning Sally Wainwright.

Anne Lister in Sally Wainwright's forthcoming BBC drama Gentleman Jack
Suranne Jones as Anne Lister in Sally Wainwright’s forthcoming BBC drama Gentleman Jack

Suranne said: “She absolutely loved sex. She loved women and she loved sex. Talking to our advisor, the pool of women that she could choose from is quite small cause you have to be very careful who you’re talking to.

“The women she had affairs or dalliances or fell in love with, often they went on to marry men for love or to keep up appearances or for money.”

Suranne also told how she suffered from painful “welts” after acting in a corset for long periods of time during the shoot.

She added: “I started to get welts cause underneath all that costume there’s the corset and then we built on top.

“I had so many clothes on and the summer was very hot.”

Suranne told how she suffered from painful 'welts' after acting in a corset for long periods
Suranne told how she suffered from painful ‘welts’ after acting in a corset for long periods
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The Doctor Foster star, 40, said of her character: ‘She loved women and she loved sex’


Anne Lister (1791–1840) was a diarist, mountaineer, traveller and wealthy landowner of Shibden Hall, Yorkshire
Anne Lister (1791–1840) was a diarist, mountaineer, traveller and wealthy landowner of Shibden Hall, Yorkshire
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Suranne said the work of trailblazer Anne had still not been finished.

“Even in 2019, women have to behave in a certain way, to a point, to get what they want. We’re getting there and we’re having this great conversation at this time. But I think when people see her (Anne) in a certain lights, it’s because she had to behave that way.”

The eight-part drama is out on BBC1 next month.

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