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Vigil star Suranne Jones’ biggest TV roles including Coronation Street as she appears in BBC drama?


Suranne Jones stars alongside Martin Compston in BBC drama Vigil, the new six-part series from the makers of Line of Duty .

Inspired by the UK’s real Trident fleet, Vigil takes place on the fictional HMS Vigil, a Royal Navy submarine patrolling the Scottish waters with enough firepower to start a nuclear war.

When a crew member is found dead, DCI Amy Silva (Jones) is tasked with investigating his death and finding out if it was more than just an overdose.

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She must look for clues and conduct interviews with the other crew members as she tries to solve the murder mystery, all while dealing with her own traumatic past.

But who is Suranne Jones and where else have you seen the Coronation Street actress before? Here’s everything you need to know about the Vigil star.

Who is Suranne Jones?

Suranne Jones is an English actress from Oldham.

Most of Jones’ first acting roles were on stage, but her big break came in the form of a small role in Coronation Street in 1997, which led to her returning to the soap full-time in 2000.

As for her personal life, the 43-year-old has been married to Laurence Akers, a magazine editor and screenwriter, since 2014. The pair live in London with their five-year-old son.

Where have you seen Vigil star Suranne Jones before?

Suranne Jones’ first major role came in the form of long-running Coronation Street character Steve McDonald’s wife, Karen.

The actress often took centre stage with a series of dramatic plots as Karen McDonald but left the soap after four years to pursue other projects.

Since leaving Corrie, Jones has gone on to star in a number of high-profile TV dramas, appearing in Doctor Who and becoming the joint lead in detective series Scott & Bailey in 2011, which ran for five years.

Next, she appeared in period drama The Crimson Field and Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker’s Touch of Cloth before going on to take the lead role in 2015’s Doctor Foster as a doctor determined to uncover whether her husband is cheating on her.

Following her award-winning turn in Doctor Foster, Jones went on to star in HBO drama Gentleman Jack in 2019.

Most recently, the actress was widely praised for her emotional performance in Channel 4 drama I Am… which saw her star as Victoria in one of the series’ standalone female-led stories.

When is Vigil on BBC?

Vigil starts on BBC One tonight, Sunday, August 29, at 9pm.

Viewers will be treated to a double serving of Vigil over the bank holiday weekend, as the second episode will follow tomorrow night at the same time.

The remaining episodes will then be released weekly on Sunday nights.

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