Is Suranne Jones in Vigil married?

Vigil actress Suranne Jones almost ended up in Emmerdale – as one of the Dingles!

Here's everything you need to know about Suranne

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Suranne Jones is currently appearing in new BBC One crime drama Vigil.

One of the country’s best-known and best-loved actresses, 42-year-old Suranne has become a household name.

But how did she become famous and is she married?

Suranne Jones in Vigil on BBC One
Suranne stars in Vigil (Credit: BBC)

How Vigil star Suranne Jones almost ended up in Emmerdale…

Suranne burst onto the scene when she appeared in Coronation Street as Karen McDonald from 2000 to 2004.

However, things could have been so different.

She auditioned for the role of Charity Dingle in Emmerdale.

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And, while she got down to the final four, the part was eventually given to Emma Atkins.

But that didn’t stop Suranne. Following her departure from Corrie, she starred in Vincent, Scott & Bailey, The Crimson Field and Doctor Foster.

She also stars in BBC One period drama, Gentleman Jack.

Suranne Jones in Doctor Foster
Suranne hit big with Doctor Foster (Credit: BBC)

Why was Doctor Foster cancelled?

One of Suranne’s biggest hits was BBC one domestic thriller, Doctor Foster.

After two series of the drama, which also starred Bertie Carvel and Jodie Comer, creator Mike Bartlett pulled the plug.

In an interview with Radio Times, he said: “Each of the two series feel like two ­different novels to me, so it’s not like there’s anything incomplete.

“It would only come back if we had the right story to tell in the right way — and I don’t have a burning desire to find that story.”

Will there be a new series of Gentlemen Jack?

Suranne played landowner Anne Lister in the BBC One drama, Gentleman Jack, and it became an instant hit.

The good news is that a second series is on its way.

Despite delays due to Covid, filming got under way in November 2020 before taking a break.

Suranne took to Instagram to issue an update this July, and told fans she’s back in period costume.

So even though there will very much be a second series of Gentleman Jack, we’re unsure when it will be on.

Vigil star Suranne Jones and husband Laurence Akers
Suranne and husband Laurence (Credit:

Is Suranne married and does she have children?

Vigil star Suranne Jones met freelance scriptwriter and former magazine editor Laurence Akers at the wedding of one of her best friends, Sally Lindsay.

The couple reportedly got engaged after only six weeks after meeting, and were married two years later in 2015.

Together they have son, born in 2016.

What is Vigil star Suranne Jones afraid of?

Raised as a Catholic, Suranne suffers from carpophobia – a fear of wrists.

She said in an interview: “I hate wrists. Growing up as a Catholic girl, seeing Jesus on the cross with the stigmata has made me not like wrists. You can see people’s veins.”

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She later clarified that she’s not scared of other people’s wrists, just her own.

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