‘I think that when the script’s that good, then it just happens. ‘He is sexy.’ She blushes, and shifts in her chair. ” It felt as if I shouldn’t be doing it but my character just couldn’t help herself because that’s what the power of love – attraction – does to people.’Blimey.
Other times, when the script isn’t good, then you have to take yourself to a place where you recognise sadness.’Then there are the love scenes. But Suranne won’t be drawn on whether or not she is in a relationship herself. I’ve talked about my engagement [in her early 20s, to Jim, an IT consultant] and my last relationship [with an Anglo-Italian plumber called Lorenzo Giove].
‘The audience would go, “Oh my gosh, it’s only been a couple of months and she is stealing the family!
Suranne Jones is getting incredibly worked up about the rails of clothes the stylist has brought along for our photo shoot.
Suranne has turned up in jeans, without a scrap of make-up. She is, thankfully, not your common-or-garden stick-insect celebrity. I don’t like flimsy, I need quite a lot of structure. When it came to the Baftas, a week before I wailed, “Oh no, I’ve got nothing to wear!
‘So I bought a Halston Heritage dress – the most expensive I’ve ever bought.
It’s a classic piece I’ll wear again and again.’ Sarah Jessica Parker wore the short version, she adds. I’m now more able to say no.’Suranne Jones left Coronation Street nearly six years ago – it was her decision to leave after four years as the mouthy, scene-stealing Karen Mc Donald, twice married to – and divorced from – bad boy Steve Mc Donald.
He is left to bring up their four children alone, and he and Suranne bond over their shared grief. ‘First of all, David Tennant is brilliant – not just from Doctor Who but also Casanova and Einstein and Eddington.’ I tell her that I saw him play Hamlet at Stratford, and there was an aura of madness about him.
‘He’s not like that in real life; he’s fun and sweet and kind,’ she gushes.
‘I’d been told by seven or eight people that he was the loveliest man in show business, so he had this pedestal that I put him on before I’d even met him, but he was absolutely lovely.’How did she cope working with so many children on set? It almost meant me and David became babysitters; we were learning about the fact that if you put mints in Coca-Cola things will explode!
When you see David with all those children, you just think, “Oh my God!
He said, “You’re busy, I’ll organise everything,” and I keep getting e-mails, saying, “What about this?
” so I’ve no idea where we’re going.’ Can she relax on holiday?
Your family hasn’t signed up for that.’From that answer, I infer she is with somebody, especially when I say, ‘Well, the papers are bound to get a photo of you together,’ and she looks alarmed.