Suranne Jones announces her father died from Covid-19 as she shares snap of her late parents


Suranne Jones has announced that her father, Chris, died from Covid-19 and the toll it took on his body, earlier this year.

The Gentleman Jack actress, 42, took to Instagram on Friday where she told fans of her loss for the first time, while sharing a snap of her late parents to mark her mum’s birthday and added: ‘I know they are together.’

Alongside a throwback photograph of her parents together on a beach, Suranne revealed her secret heartache as she penned: ‘My father sadly passed away this January after fighting Covid,’ and admitted: ‘We are still coming to terms with it’.

Heartbreaking: Suranne Jones, 42, has revealed that her father died from Covid-19, earlier this year and admitted: ‘We are still coming to terms with it’

Suranne penned: ‘Happy birthday mum. Forever on a beach in Cornwall with dad. 

‘Mum passed away 4 and a half years ago and my father sadly passed away this January after fighting Covid and the affect it had on his body [sic].

‘We are still coming to terms with it all but I know they are together and today I want to celebrate them both.

‘My thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones. Today and always.’ 

Fond memories: The actress took to Instagram on Friday where she told fans of her loss for the first time, while sharing a snap of her late parents Chris and Jenny to mark her mum's birthday

Fond memories: The actress took to Instagram on Friday where she told fans of her loss for the first time, while sharing a snap of her late parents Chris and Jenny to mark her mum’s birthday

In 2016, Suranne lost her mum, Jenny, after she passed away from Vascular Dementia, a common type of dementia caused by reduced blood flow to the brain.

A few years later, the actress opened up about her mother’s experience of the condition, explaining: ‘Sometimes when you talk about dementia, people imagine it’s a term that only refers to old people.

‘My mum was diagnosed at quite a young age, in her late fifties, and her dementia accelerated quite fast.’  

Suranne has previously spoken about the affects her mother’s death had on her, telling The Mirror in 2018: ‘At the time, it didn’t occur to me that I might lose her. Now…I can really appreciate how brave she was.

‘Mum’s illness brought our family closer and made us realise what an amazing person she is.’ 

Devastating: 'Mum passed away 4 and a half years ago and my father sadly passed away this January after fighting Covid and the affect it had on his body [sic]' explained Suranne

Devastating: ‘Mum passed away 4 and a half years ago and my father sadly passed away this January after fighting Covid and the affect it had on his body [sic]’ explained Suranne

Suranne was born Sarah Jones, and it was in fact her late father, Chris, who suggested she take her great-grandmother’s name as she pursued her acting career.

The Doctor Foster star had to search for an alternative to her birth name, since it had already been registered with the actors’ union Equity. 

In 2019, Suranne reflected on her childhood, describing it as ‘a happy, working-class background,’ during an interview with the Guardian.

She said: ‘Friday nights, me and my brother got a Fry’s Peppermint Cream, picked a video from the video shop. My brother was older, very bright. He went to university.

Looking back: In 2019, Suranne reflected on her childhood, describing it as 'a happy, working-class background' (Pictured: Her parents on their wedding day)

Looking back: In 2019, Suranne reflected on her childhood, describing it as ‘a happy, working-class background’ (Pictured: Her parents on their wedding day)

‘I wasn’t academically bright – maybe at first, when I was little, but it was lost. I started doing a drama workshop and got really into it, then I did a BTec in performing arts and started to work.

‘I left home at 16, toured [with regional musicals], did some theatre education in schools. I would get home for little moments, to drop in, get my clothes washed, then go again.’ 

Suranne has since gone on to achieve great success in the acting world, becoming one of the most sought after TV stars in the country. 

Megastar: Suranne has since gone on to achieve great success in the acting world, becoming one of the most sought after TV stars in the country

Megastar: Suranne has since gone on to achieve great success in the acting world, becoming one of the most sought after TV stars in the country

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