Suranne Jones has revealed that she lost her dad to a Covid-related illness earlier this year.
The Gentleman Jack star, who also lost her mum to dementia four and a half years ago, took to Instagram today in a heartfelt post on what would have been her mum’s birthday.
She shared an image from happier times of her mum and dad on a Cornwall beach and told her followers how she knew her late parents would be celebrating together.
She posted on Instagram: “Happy birthday mum forever on a beach in Cornwall with dad mum passed away 4 and a half years ago and my father sadly passed away this January after fighting Covid and the affect it had on his body.
“We are still coming to terms with it all but I know they are together and today I want to celebrate them both.
“My thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones. Today and always.”
Suranne said it was her father who encouraged her to pursue acting as a career and she changed her name from Sarah Jones to take on her great-grandmother’s name.
Her career took off in 2000 as hot-headed Karen Phillips in Coronation Street. The show made her a household name as viewers of the popular soap watched her character marry show stalwart Steve McDonald, before leaving the cobbles in 2004.
She’s had audiences hooked in her many starring roles and scooped up a string of awards, including a Bafta for her role in Doctor Foster.
The actress previously revealed how her relationship with her mother Jenny changed when she stopped recognising her as she battled Vascular Dementia.
Suranne told The Express at the time: “Your whole relationship over 30 years has been one thing, and then you have to rewire it.
“You have to accept losing someone when they’re not fully lost. You’re still visiting. There’s still a connection, only it’s very different.”
Meanwhile fans of Suranne will next see her return to our screens shortly in a new six-part BBC drama, Vigil.
The trailer for Vigil premiered after the season finale of Line Of Duty and it’s ear marked to fill the Sunday slot on BBC One over the coming weeks or months.