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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.

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