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Suranne Jones: 'There are some crazy women out there!'

Published 22/04/2016

Suranne Jones
Suranne Jones

Suranne Jones was inundated with stories of cheating husbands when she starred as the aggrieved wife in hit television series Doctor Foster.

Suranne Jones has heard some tales of angry wives which make her think her Doctor Foster character "wasn't so crazy".

The 37-year-old actress has been nominated for the Best Actress gong at the BAFTA Television Awards next month (May16) thanks to her role as Gemma Foster in the hit show.

The series told the story of Dr. Foster's suspicions surrounding her husband's extra-marital activities, before culminating in her revealing the news to the parents of her husband's young mistress (Jodie Comer).

Suranne is gearing up to start filming for the second series of the programme later this year (16) but admits she has been inundated with some pretty crazy tales of what wives have done after finding out their husband has been unfaithful.

“People just got behind it. People were coming up on the street and sharing their experiences and I think it resonated with people because they had either had experiences like that or heard of experiences like that or the fear of that happening in their relationship made people watch it," Suranne told The Sun as she attended a party for BAFTA Television nominees in London on Thursday night (21Apr16). "Thank God I’ve never had experience of that but I’ve heard lots of people’s stories.

"There are some crazy women out there who have done some crazy things out there, who have made me feel like maybe Gemma wasn’t so crazy."

Bertie Carvel starred as Suranne's cheating husband in the show, but insisted he isn't in the business of apologising for what his on-screen alter egos get up to.

"It was a lot of fun doing it because it was great writing. I’m not in the business of apologising for the character, nor damning the character. I just try and imagine their experience and tell that story," he added.

"It was credible. That is probably what makes it satisfying as a piece of drama – yeah he’s a sly dog but he’s a human sly dog."

Suranne is up against Sheridan Smith for The C-word, Claire Foy for Wolf Hall and Ruth Madeley for Take My Baby in the battle for the Best Actress gong at the ceremony in May.

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