Suranne Jones to play title role in BBC drama Doctor Foster

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Suranne Jones is to play the title role in BBC One’s forthcoming drama series, Doctor Foster.

Written by award-winning writer Mike Bartlett and directed by Tom Vaughan, Doctor Foster tells the story of a woman seemingly in control: a trusted GP at the heart of her town. But Doctor Gemma Foster’s life begins to unravel when she sets out to obtain proof that her husband is having an affair. She throws herself into an investigation that has consequences for herself, her family, and even some of her patients. Bit by bit, Doctor Foster uncovers secrets that shock her to the core. Now she has to choose how to react. One thing is certain – she is going to behave in ways she could never have imagined.

“I am thrilled to be working with the Drama Republic team as An Honourable Woman was one of my favourite programmes from last year. I loved Mike Bartlett’s work before, King Charles III was really stunning and now I have this wonderful script that deals with very ‘human’ issues from marriage, motherhood, family, loyalty, pride, betrayal, and the very delicate subject of age. I am also so excited to be working with Bertie and for Tom Vaughan to bring it all to life. It’s about looking at one woman’s story and asking, what if that was me? What would I do in that situation? And the age-old question of why. I am very much looking forward to telling Gemma Foster’s story.” – Suranne Jones

Bertie Carvel, who will play Doctor Foster’s husband Simon, says: “Mike Bartlett is one of our most exciting and refreshing dramatists so I am extremely excited to be joining the team that will bring his newest story to life.”

Matthew Read, BBC Executive Producer, adds: “Mike’s scripts manage to feel incredibly rich and human at the same time as keeping a vice-like grip on the reader. It’s a testament to the strength of his writing that Drama Republic have been able to attract such strong talent both in front and behind the camera.”

Robert Pugh, Adam James and Jodie Comer will also star in the five-part series produced by Drama Republic for BBC One.

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