SURANNE JONES consulted an ‘intimacy director’ for the lesbian sex scenes in her next TV challenge, Gentleman Jack.
The Doctor Foster star also wore men’s underwear for her portrayal of 19th century industrialist and diarist Anne Lister.
Jones, 40, described the upcoming BBC One series as a ‘complex portrait of a lesbian affair and a coming-out story’.
She added: ‘I think that we’ve perhaps not seen that in a coming-out story. Certainly not in a period drama.
‘We had intimacy directors just so we could tell the story in a very sympathetic and sensitive way.
‘We wanted to explore the way she had sexual affairs because it’s all in there in the diaries. It’s very personal.
‘We wanted someone who was able to give us a language so no one felt embarrassed and we could just talk about every aspect.’
The actress, who had some raunchy kitchen sex scenes with Bertie Carvel in Doctor Foster, also described the quirky attire she wore for Gentleman Jack. ‘I wore men’s shoes, men’s gaiters, female stockings, men’s underwear, a female corset and then we switched around the jackets and waistcoats,’ she said.
Jones explained that, in private, her character ‘explored with her brother’s clothes in braces and stuff, so we just wanted to play around with that’.
As for her unique hairstyle, which is a collection of rolls and topknots, she said: ‘We tried different styles but there is a portrait of Anne Lister that we felt that we wanted to honour. So we called them the croquettes.
‘Two were my own and then the other two curls were stuck on. The high topknot was not mine either.’
Jones admits that she became rather attached to her new style, finishing: ‘When I stopped filming, I was mourning the croquettes and the topknot.’