If you’re a fan of Doctor Foster, you may need to sit down for this. Lead actress Suranne Jones had a chat with RadioTimes, and it turns out the series has come to a close. If it’s new to you, you can catch-up with seasons one and two over at Amazon Prime.
Doctor Foster revolves around a woman (Jones) who is very much in control, until she suspects her husband is cheating on her. She discovers a strand of blonde hair on his jacket. Hmm, Killing Eve‘s Jodie Comer (before she was Villanelle) plays a college student, who has… you guessed it, long blonde tresses.
All is not lost, there is plenty more of Jones out there. Take a peek at this roundup of her stellar performances:
1. Gentleman Jack
Jones stars in the eight-part biographical historical series Gentleman Jack as Anne Lister, a Victorian landowner who spent many years running her family’s historic Yorkshire home, Shibden Hall. Lister wasn’t just notable for being a hands-on estate manager, which would have been deemed a “man’s job” at the time, but also for having same-sex relationships in an era when these would have been virtually unthinkable.
2. Vanity Fair
This seven-part miniseries is based on William Makepeace Thackeray‘s 1848 novel of the same name. Set in Victorian England, the story revolves around a girl named Becky Sharp (Olivia Cooke). We meet her at her boarding school, which is run by Miss Pinkerton (Jones). When Becky is ready to head out into the real world, Pinkerton delivers some unfortunate news, “I fear the real world will come as a dreadful shock to you.” Even so, Becky has high aspirations.
3. Scott & Bailey
If you were a fan of the 1980s series Cagney and Lacey, then Scott and Bailey is your British fix. Jones takes on the role of detective Rachel Bailey, opposite Lesley Sharp as detective Janet Scott. The women are very different, one motherly the other impulsive, which works out, as they balance each other. The series revolves around their careers in policing and crime-solving as well as their personal lives, which can sometimes be way more dramatic.
4. A Touch of Cloth
Created by Black Mirror‘s Charlie Brooker, this police procedural series is a hybrid of action and comedy. Jones takes on the role of DI Anne Oldman, paired up with fellow officer, DCI Jack Cloth (John Hannah). The two are assigned to a string of gruesome murders and are given a next to impossible deadline. As the investigation roles out, they realize there is a witness who is linked to all of the victims. Touch of Class ran for three seasons from 2012-2014.
5. The Crimson Field
The 2014 series, The Crimson Field, is set at a WWI war hospital in Northern France. Sarah Phelps (Dublin Murders) tells the story of a team of doctors, nurses, and women volunteers, who work together to heal the wounded. Jones takes on the role of Sister Joan Livesey. She is described as “a disarming and spirited nurse, but she conceals a dark secret.” She is not tied to the strict military traditions and being a modern woman is considered a “breath of fresh air.”
6. The Secret of Crickley Hall
Jones plays Eve Caleigh in this 2012 supernatural series. When she accidentally falls asleep at the playground, her young son Cam goes missing. A year later, she and her husband Gabe (Miranda‘s Tom Ellis) relocate to the North of England, in hopes of relief. Even so, they don’t give up hope on finding their son. The house they move into has some sort of connection to Cam. It was formally an orphanage in the 1940s, in which we see flashbacks of during the series.
7. Doctor Who
In 2011, Jones popped up in Doctor Who, starring in the episode “The Doctor’s Wife,” as Idris. Idris is a humanoid, living on an asteroid, which is controlled by a malevolent entity called House. House steals the matrix from the TARDIS and places it in Idris’s body. When the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) realizes the TARDIS has been tampered with, he and Amy pond (Karen Gillan) investigate. You can read more about the episode over at BBC America.
8. Single Father
In this four-part series, David Tennant plays a happily married man named Dave, father to four children. When his wife (Laura Fraser) is accidentally hit by a car and killed while biking, he unexpectedly finds himself as a single father. He’s not in it alone, though. His late wife’s best friend Sarah (Jones) steps in to help with the household and kids. Dave begins to develop feelings for Sarah, but is conflicted over the loss of his wife and his children coming first.
9. Five Days
This 2007 series follows five nonconsecutive days in a police investigation. On the first day, a mother goes missing, leaving her baby behind on a train. Jones plays an off-duty police officer on the same train. She’s caught up in a series of strange and unexplainable events. The second episode picks up the following day. Then the series skips forward a week. We then land on day 37. With the finale ending at the two-month mark. Each episode depicts 24 hours in a day.
10. The Sarah Jane Adventures
From Doctor Who‘s Russell T Davies, this sci-fi series features investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen). She also has a side job combating evil alien forces, with the help of an intelligent supercomputer. Jones stars in two episodes, “Mona Lisa’s Revenge, Part 1” and “Part 2.” Ack! Who pissed off Mona Lisa? Jones plays the famed Florence woman, actual name Lisa Gherardini, the subject of Leonardo da Vinci‘s oil painting.
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