Suranne Jones: her age, husband and TV series

Find out more about English actress Suranne who rose to fame in Coronation Street.

Surrane Jones

by Emily Gilbert |

English actress and producer Sarah Anne Akers is best known by her stage name of Suranne Jones. She has starred in many popular tv shows including Scott & Bailey, Doctor Foster, and Gentleman Jack.

Suranne Jones age

Suranne was born on 27 August 1978, making her currently 43.

Early life

Suranne grew up with her parents and older brother Garry in Greater Manchester in a house surrounded by two farms and their fields.

She was educated at Cardinal Langley Roman Catholic High School in Middleton. Speaking about her time at school, Suranne said: "I was bullied at school and I let that get hold of me and withdrew into myself — I regret letting that happen."

Interestingly, Suranne suffers from carpophobia, a fear of wrists, which she believes potentially may have developed as a result of viewing imagery of Christ's crucifixion and stigmata when she was a child.

Suranne Jones in Coronation Street

Suranne first caught the public's attention as mouthy Karen McDonald in Coronation Street which she starred in between 2000 to 2004.

Following leaving the Street, she went on to star in several drama series such as Vincent, Harley Street and as convicted murderer Ruth Slater in the mini-series Unforgiven which received acclaim from many critics.

Suranne as Karen McDonald
©Alamy

Suranne Jones in Doctor Foster

In September 2015, Suranne took the title role of Doctor Foster who sets out to find the truth after she suspects her husband of having an affair. Both the show and Suranne earned widespread critical acclaim and she won the National Television Award for Best Drama Performance amongst other awards.

The show ran for two series with Suranne serving as associate producer for the programme's second series.

Suranne Jones

Suranne Jones in Gentleman Jack

Suranne starred in the unique role of Anne Lister, a lesbian Yorkshire industrialist in the 1830s in the historical drama television series Gentleman Jack.

The first series aired in the UK on 19 May 2019 and despite filming delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the second series of the show has just started airing here in the UK, and it's been welcomed by glowing reviews from fans and critics.

After the delay, Suranne said, “Gentleman Jack should have been done by now but we’re not – it’ll have taken over a year by the time we finally finish at the end of October. The last few jobs I’ve done have all been so different. And I feel really blessed, especially given the time that we’re in, to be able to do three amazing jobs that all challenge me in different ways,” she said.

You can catch up on all episodes of Gentleman Jack on BBC iPlayer

Suranne Jones in Vigil

The actress has certainly been keeping busy! Suranne recently appeared in series two of Channel 4's I Am... where she played the character Victoria who appeared to have the perfect life, though all is not as it seems. You can watch it on 4od now.

We especially can't wait to see her new drama on BBC, Vigil where the mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on-board the submarine HMS Vigil bring the police into conflict with the Navy and British security services. DCI Amy Silva (Suranne) and DS Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie) lead an investigation on land and at sea into a conspiracy that goes to the very heart of Britain’s national security.

“This show is a bit of a different beast for me as it’s full of action and thrill,” Suranne revealed on Instagram. “The stunt teams and brilliant crews are the ones holding our hands and make what gets on screen look pretty awesome.”

But she has revealed, aged 43, she wanted to do as much as she could too. “I think when you get to 40 you get a bit braver. I had always shied away from shows that are all-out thrillers, but the script had me hanging out of helicopters and doing my own stunts, and I thought, ‘Hell yeah, I am going to do that.’”

Vigil
©BBC

Suranne Jones' husband

Suranne lives in north London with her writer husband and their five-year-old son.

Suranne married scriptwriter and former magazine editor Laurence Akers in 2014.

They couple have a son, born in March 2016. Suranne has not revealed his name publicly.

Suranne Jones and husband
©Alamy

Aside from family and work, the most important things to her, she says, are her female friends. These include another former Coronation Street actress Sally Lindsay, current Corrie actress Jennie McAlpine, Gentleman Jack writer Sally Wainwright, and her Gentleman Jack co-star Sophie Rundle.

“I love the women in my life, and I think the reason I need that is because my mum has gone – she passed away after a long illness in 2018. Everyone knows that life throws you curveballs as you grow and change, and my friends help fill that gap. They are like sisters to me,” she has said.

Suranne on losing her father

The pandemic has affected Suranne in the most personal way possible. She contracted Covid at Christmas. Then in January, her father passed away from the disease.

Susanne has been open about struggling with her mental health after her father's death.

Speaking recently she said how her dad was in ICU for three months and they weren’t allowed to go into the hospital to see him. “We would FaceTime him and the nurse would answer in all the PPE, put the phone towards Dad and he wasn’t awake, but we would all talk to him anyway. It’s difficult to understand how awful Covid is unless it has touched you,” she said recently.

Suranne Jones' net worth

According to networthandsalary, Surranne's net worth in 2021 is estimated to be $5 Million.

Is Suranne Jones on Instagram and Twitter?

Suranne often posts behind the scenes photos on her Instagram account.

She does not have Twitter.

Popular articles to read next

Celebrating 60 years of Corrie

Sue Nicholls: her role as Audrey Roberts, her husband and skin cancer scare

A tribute to Coronation Street actor Johnny Briggs

Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this website, we never allow this to influence product selections - read why you should trust us