How Suranne Jones' New Thriller Helped He Through Some Of Her Darkest Days

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She's just finished up the second series of intense BBC drama Doctor Foster, but Suranne Jones has revealed that throwing herself in to a brand new Sky thriller has helped her through some of her toughest times yet.

She and former Line of Duty actor Lennie James are soon to star in new Sky Atlantic show Save Me.

The six-part thriller is all about Nelly Rowe (played by James), whose life is turned upside down when he is accused of kidnapping his daughter, from whom he is estranged.

Suranne will play the mother of their daughter, Claire, who eventually reunites with Nelly to discover the truth.

And she shared at a recent showcase event that taking on the role and filming the show was ‘like therapy', after losing her mother, Jenny, to cancer.

"It was a real difficult time for me, personally," Suranne admitted.

"I'd just lost my mother and I'd just had a child, so actually going to work and telling stories like this... it's kind of therapeutic in a very bizarre way.

"It was difficult, but I came out of it feeling like something had shifted, that something had happened."

The famously-private actress also gave birth to her first son, whose name is yet to be revealed, just 10 months before losing her mother.

Suranne's new TV show Save Me is set to air in 2018, although an exact date has not yet been confirmed.


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Of the new thriller, Lennie James shared, "My story is a thriller set on a housing estate in South East London and that's what's unlikely.

"Nelly is an unlikely hero and also their relationship... when you first see them together in the pub, you're thinking, 'There's no way those two were ever together - it would never, ever happen - that's just Lennie James's fantasy!'

"But then gradually, as you get to know their personalities, you see what it was that he did for her and what she did for him."

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Amy Hunt
Amy Hunt

Amy Hunt is Life Channel Editor at, having been with the brand since 2015. She began as the magazine's features assistant before moving over to digital as a News and Features Writer, before becoming Senior Writer, and now a Channel Editor. She has worked on either women's lifestyle websites previously too—including Woman's Weekly,, Woman, and Woman's Own. In 2019, Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards, for her work on She is passionate about everything from books, to homes, to food and the latest news on the royal family. When she isn't editing or updating articles on cleaning, homewares, the newest home gadgets, or the latest books releases for the website, she's busy burying her nose in a gripping thriller, practising yoga, or buying new homeware of her own.