Suranne Jones admits she developed an instant connection with screen lover Sophie Rundle while filming lesbian sex scenes on the set of lusty new drama Gentleman Jack.
The former Coronation Street star, 40, has won praise for her role as amorous 19th century landowner Anne Lister, frequently described as the world’s ‘first modern lesbian.’
And she admits the show’s realism, specifically its steamy sex scenes, stemmed from her instant chemistry with 31-year old Rundle, who plays love interest Ann Walker.
Close: Suranne Jones admits she developed an instant connection with screen lover Sophie Rundle while filming lesbian sex scenes on the set of lusty new drama Gentleman Jack
‘We used the camera to come in on us and find intimate moments, which was really great, because we were able to just play that between us like no one else was in the room,’ she told The Sun.
‘By the end me and Sophie were like two nans’ with a cup of tea. Like, covers off, hanging out and it was great. But we needed to get to know each other to be able to do that.’
She added: ‘We had a ‘chemistry read’ first and when Sophie was cast, I knew straight away, “That’s my girl.” Mine and Sophie’s chemistry grew as you see it in real time, throughout the eight episodes.’
Physical: admits the show’s realism, specifically its steamy sex scenes, stemmed from her instant chemistry with 31-year old Rundle, who plays love interest Ann Walker
The actress previously admitted her role as Lister came with the assistance of an intimacy expert, employed by show writer Sally Wainwright, to make her wild romps as believable as possible.
Suranne worked with co-ordinator Ita O’Brien while filming the show’s sexually charged scenes in order to give them a greater degree of authenticity.
‘I was quite nervous about the sex scenes we had to do, because I thought they should be approached as sensitively as they could be,’ she told The Mirror.
Assistance: Suranne Jones admits her role as amorous 19th century land owner Anne Lister in Gentleman Jack came with the assistance of an intimacy expert, employed to make her wild sex scenes as believable as possible
‘One of the great things she brought was an articulacy – we could talk about the scenes. She just started talking about body parts and positions in a matter of fact way, which just liberated us all.
‘As well as helping us sculpt the sex scenes, the positions, she’s also there to provide support to the artists.’
Suranne stars as the titular character – who has been given the nickname due to her ‘unfeminine’ dress and demeanor.
Historical: The drama, based on a true story, focuses on the life of 19th-century Yorkshire heiress Anne Lister, who is determined to marry her female lover, Ann Walker
Previously speaking about how they decided to portray Anne in the sex scenes, she told Oprah Magazine: ‘We went into the way that she had sex, she identified as butch, and didn’t like to be penetrated, she felt like she was ‘womanised’ if she was touched on the breasts.
‘We looked at how different sex was with Marianna, and how free she was with her. Then we looked very sensitively at the new relationship with Walker, Sophie and I were very delicate with that storytelling.’
The drama, based on a true story, focuses on the life of a 19th-century Yorkshire heiress who is determined to marry her female lover, Ann Walker.
It follows the romance between landowner Anne and heiress Ann who are believed to have met in 1832, in a time when homosexuality was both a crime and a taboo.
Involved: Show writer Sally Wainwright (pictured) employed the intimacy expert to help Suranne on set