SURANNE Jones leads the all-star cast of Gentleman Jack, the new BBC One drama series about “Britain’s first modern lesbian” – and they’ve already been spotted filming in Halifax.
The 19th-century landowner’s tale has already been brought to screens in the past so who’s in the roles this time? Let’s get the lowdown…14
Suranne says: “I first worked with Sally 10 years ago and I remember the feeling of reading her scripts like it was yesterday. They were scripts for women; fresh, daring and bizarre in a wonderful, modern, fun, complex and challenging way.
“Now I once again get to speak the words of an almighty talent on a show I know she holds close to her heart.To have Sally direct me on this feels like I’ll finally get to work on a project with her where the connection will be immediate, exciting and new each day, and we can enjoy that amazing ride together!
“I’m thrilled to be back at the BBC with this role and to be joining the Lookout Point and HBO family.”
Game of Thrones star Gemma Whelan will play Anne’s sister Marian.
The 37-year-old is most known for playing the role of warrior Yara Greyjoy in the smash-hit fantasy series.
Gemma also drew the plaudits for her gripping portrayal of Karen Matthews in hit TV drama The Moorside.
Last year, she appeared in Decline and Fall, a star-studded BBC adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s satire.
Veteran actor Timothy West will play their father Jeremy Lister.
He was appointed CBE for his services to drama in 1984.
He is married to Fawlty Towers icon Prunella Scales but spoke of his anguish at her battle with dementia in 2015.
Former Doctor Who Peter Davidson has joined the cast as William Priestley.
The 67-year-old was christened with the name Peter Moffett, however, he chose the stage name Peter Davison to avoid any confusion with the actor and director Peter Moffett.
Peter’s daughter Georgia is married to the tenth Time Lord David Tennant, the pair has four children together: Ty, Olive, Doris and Wilfred.
Most recently, Peter starred in the third series of Granchester in 2017 and released his own autobiography entitled: Is There Life Outside the Box?: An Actor Despairs.
Actor and voice-over artist Shaun Dooley will play businessman Jeremiah Rawson and brother to Anne’s fierce rival, Christopher.
The 44-year-old studied at the Arden School of Theatre in Manchester before being cast as Shaun in Groove on a Stanley Knife in 1997.
As a voice-over artist, Shaun has most recently narrator the BBC Two series Surgeons: At the Edge of Life in 2018.
Peaky Blinders actress Sophie Rundle stars alongside Suranne as Ann Walker, the wealthy heiress who Anne Lister intends to marry.
Sophie, 30, was born April 21, 1988, is best known for her portrayal of Ada Shelby in the hit BBC One crime drama.
She has also played code-breaker Lucy in the ITV drama series The Bletchley Circle, and Labia in sitcom Episodes.
Sophie also plays Alice in Sky 1’s 2017 drama Jamestown.
Veteran actress Gemma Jones will play Aunt Anne Lister.
Gemma has starred in many Hollywood hits, including Sense and Sensibility and Bridget Jones’s Diary.
She won a BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2015 for her role in the BBC TV film, Marvellous.
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Who else is in the cast of Gentleman Jack?
- Stephanie Cole will play Ann Walker’s Aunt
- Amelia Bullmore will play William’s wife Eliza Priestley
- Vincent Franklin as businessman and fierce rival Christopher Rawson
- Joe Armstrong as Samuel Washington
- Jodhi May as Vere Hobart
- Rosie Cavaliero as Elizabeth Cordingley
- Thomas Howes (Downton Abbey, United) as John Booth