Suranne was keen to prove her versatility as an actress and her decision to walk away from the ITV soap in 2004 shocked both Coro fans and producers. The determined actress said being in a soap opera was exhausting and that she found she was living and breathing her character Karen McDonald. However, leaving the cobbles behind wasn’t as easy as she anticipated, and Suranne found her history on Coronation Street was stopping her from getting the roles she craved. Like Sarah Lancashire, she believes soap operas do not receive the credit they deserve. But a year after her final appearance on Coro Street, Suranne was cast in ITV’s Vincent, about a team of private investigators. She furthered her acting career by appearing in the West End in A Few Good Men, a role for which she won a Theatregoers’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress. Suranne went on to play the role of Detective Rachel Bailey between 2011 and 2016 in the British crime drama Scott & Bailey, a show that was developed from an idea she conceived with Sally Lindsay (who formerly played Shelley Unwin on Coronation Street). Suranne was the executive director for the show in its fifth and final season this year. The actress has also won several awards for her portrayal as a successful doctor who suffers personal betrayal in Doctor Foster, including a Broadcasting Press Guild Award and the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress in 2016.