Gentleman Jack’s Suranne Jones says lesbian romps in the upcoming series are full of ‘tenderness’ and ‘intimacy’

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SURANNE Jones has insisted the lesbian romps in Gentleman Jack are more “intimate” and “tender” than other sex scenes.

The 40-year-old actress plays the role of Anne Lister in the BBC One period drama, alongside Sophie Rundle, who portrays her on-screen lover and neighbour Ann Walker.

Suranne Jones opens up about the lesbian sex scenes in new show Gentleman Jack
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The pair enjoy a string of intimate moments together, but the Doctor Foster star has insisted those moments are not “gratuitous” and were “beautifully” directed.

Asked how she found filming the lesbian sex scenes to the Daily Star on Sunday newspaper, she said: “It’s the psychological, the intimacy and the tenderness that we went for, so there were a lot of looks we could do that spoke volumes.

“It didn’t need to be too gratuitous in any way.”

Suranne has revealed when filming the moments in a bed, her and her colleague were fully dressed to keep their composure, which she believes “worked so well”.

Suranne believes the intimate romps were “beautifully done”
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Suranne believes there is “intimacy and tenderness” in the sex scenes
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She continued: “Even with the bed scenes, we’re fully clothes, as if someone walked in on the two of us, we’d have to very quickly pull our nightgowns down and pretend we were friends.  So actually it worked so well without showing too much.  It’s beautifully done.”

The eight-part series, which will air tonight, are based on Anne Lister’s real diaries.

In the series, Anne is a wealthy landowner and industrialist who returns to Shibden Hall in West Yorkshire after an extensive period of travelling.

Upon her return, she’s determined to transform her faded ancestral home – as well as find herself a wife.

The Doctor Foster star insists they were fully clothed in the intimate scenes in case she was ever caught in the act
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Gentleman Jack is based on real diaries of Anne Lister
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Suranne insists Anne could have had a “straight relationship” and married a man but she didn’t want to
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Suranne explained her character wanted all the things couples enjoyed in a “straight relationship”.

She added: “Anne was so convinced that she wanted a relationship in the same way that she looked at straight relationships.

“She wanted a marriage, she wanted to live with a woman, she wanted all the things that a straight relationship could bring her and find happiness in that.

“She could have got married to a man, she could have had more money … but she didn’t want to do that.”

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The clip shows the two women tangled up in their bed sheets together as they enjoy the passionate encounter.

Game of Thrones star Gemma Whelan, Last Tango in Halifax actor Timothy West and former Doctor Who Peter Davison join Suranne and Lydia in the star-studded cast.


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