Suranne Jones' post-Corrie struggle

Former 'Coronation Street' actress Suranne Jones admits it has been really difficult for her to move on from her soap character

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David Tennant and Suranne Jones in 'Single Father'

Suranne Jones and David Tennant in Single Father

Suranne Jones struggled to leave her 'Coronation Street' character behind her.

The 31-year-old actress played feisty Karen McDonald in the ITV1 soap for almost five years before leaving in 2004, and admits it was difficult to convince people she could play other parts.

She said: "Casting directors have more or less forgotten I once played Karen. But I've worked hard to bury the idea that all I could play was a pantomime villainess, a screaming harridan."

Despite struggling to distance herself from the character of Karen - who delighted viewers with her tumultuous relationship with on screen husband Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) - Suranne revealed she will always love the soap.

She said: "I was 21 when I was cast as Karen. It changed my life. I loved my time on 'Corrie' but it came as a price. It was all so manic."

Suranne's latest role in 'Single Father' sees her playing a woman who falls in love with her dead best friend's husband - played by 'Doctor Who' star David Tennant.

Suranne revealed she and David took the four child actors who play his onscreen children bowling as a bonding exercise before filming started - but no one wanted to be on her team.

She explained: "David and I were team captains. The kids had to say whose team they wanted to be in. It was 'Doctor Who' versus a woman none of them knew."

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