'It wouldn't have made me happy to stay': Suranne Jones reveals she's glad she left Corrie behind... as she talks motherhood and having an impact on heartbroken women in Doctor Foster

She first rocketed to fame as the feisty Karen McDonald on the ITV soap back in 2000.

But Suranne Jones has now admitted she is glad she left Coronation Street in 2004, as she has been able to work on many 'mind-blowing' projects ever since.

Speaking to the Radio Times, the actress, 39, revealed it 'would not have made her happy' to remain on the Cobbles as her character was so 'extreme', before she opened up about being a mother for the first time, in the new candid interview.

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Looking back: Suranne Jones has admitted she is glad she left Coronation Street in 2004, as she discusses motherhood and Doctor Foster in a new interview with Radio Times

Looking back: Suranne Jones has admitted she is glad she left Coronation Street in 2004, as she discusses motherhood and Doctor Foster in a new interview with Radio Times

Blast from the past: The actress, 39, revealed it 'would not have made her happy' to remain on the Cobbles as her character Karen McDonald (above) was so 'extreme'

Blast from the past: The actress, 39, revealed it 'would not have made her happy' to remain on the Cobbles as her character Karen McDonald (above) was so 'extreme'

Known in the industry for her work on Doctor Foster, Scott and Bailey and Unforgiven, Suranne first rose to fame as Karen McDonald in Coronation Street, almost twenty years ago.

The character endured a very dramatic time on the Cobbles - embarking on a turbulent relationship with husband Steve McDonald, as well as a tense rivalry with Tracy Barlow.

However, while it was always her dream to be on the ITV soap, the brunette has revealed she 'could not have continued' as Karen for longer than her four years, as the character was so intense to portray. 

'Extreme: While it was always her dream to be on the soap, Suranne she 'could not have continued' as Karen for longer than her four years, as the character was so intense to portray

'Extreme: While it was always her dream to be on the soap, Suranne she 'could not have continued' as Karen for longer than her four years, as the character was so intense to portray

She explained to the magazine: 'I couldn't have continued to do it, Karen was so extreme. 

'It wouldn't have made me happy to stay, and as you get older you just know what makes you happy and you try to strive for that.'

Admitting she is still grateful for fans' support of the role despite departing so long ago, Suranne added she is 'mind blown' by the opportunities she has received since.

Doing it for me: She reflected of her time on the soap: 'It wouldn't have made me happy to stay, and as you get older you just know what makes you happy and you try to strive for that'

Doing it for me: She reflected of her time on the soap: 'It wouldn't have made me happy to stay, and as you get older you just know what makes you happy and you try to strive for that'

High drama: The character endured a dramatic time on the Cobbles - embarking on a turbulent relationship with Steve McDonald, played by Simon Gregson (above in 2001)

High drama: The character endured a dramatic time on the Cobbles - embarking on a turbulent relationship with Steve McDonald, played by Simon Gregson (above in 2001)

She continued: 'People say they still like what I did in Coronation Street. And I feel lots of love and support. But now I'm being offered work with great people and it just blows my mind.'

Since starring on the soap, Suranne has gone on to find huge success in the television world - gaining recognition for Unforgiven and Five Days, before fronting the hugely popular Doctor Foster in 2015.

The series followed Suranne as Gemma, who sought revenge on her husband Simon (played by Bertie Carvel) after discovering his lengthy affair with a much younger woman. 

The second installment, which sees Gemma reel with the news that Simon has returned to their hometown, is set to air later this year. 

Leading lady: Suranne has gone on to find huge success since the soap -  fronting the hugely popular Doctor Foster in 2015, which will soon return for a second season

Leading lady: Suranne has gone on to find huge success since the soap - fronting the hugely popular Doctor Foster in 2015, which will soon return for a second season

Woman of the hour: The series followed Suranne as Gemma (above), who sought revenge on her husband Simon after discovering his lengthy affair with a much younger woman

Woman of the hour: The series followed Suranne as Gemma (above), who sought revenge on her husband Simon after discovering his lengthy affair with a much younger woman

Speaking of the drama to the magazine, Suranne admitted it is her proudest work as an actress, as it has helped to break the stigma that women go 'mental' and 'lose it', after splitting up with their partners. 

She explained of the premise: 'People use the word 'mental' when women get upset about men going off with younger women. 'She's mental', 'she's lost it'.

'No. Her heart's broken, and her world has been turned upside-down, and actually I think Doctor Foster makes people feel like their deep feelings are understood, at the same time as it being entertainment.' 

The first series of the show proved a huge hit - garnering a whopping 10 million viewers for its finale, and even bagging Suranne the Best Actress award at the 2016 TV BAFTAs. 

'Their feelings are understood': Speaking of the drama, which co-stars Bertie Carvel (R), Suranne explained it has helped to break the stigma that women  'lose it' after break-ups

'Their feelings are understood': Speaking of the drama, which co-stars Bertie Carvel (R), Suranne explained it has helped to break the stigma that women 'lose it' after break-ups

Yet, despite her huge success, Suranne is still adamant she is not a 'talented' actress - but simply works hard at each individual role.

'Some people are in their bones talented, but I'm not,' she added humbly. 'I've had to learn my craft, hone it.' 

Read more: In this week’s Radio Times, on sale from Tuesday 29th August

Read more: In this week’s Radio Times, on sale from Tuesday 29th August

While her career is only going from strength to strength however, Suranne confessed that she is still firmly grounded - and spends all of her spare time with her son, without her usual glitz and glamour.

She explained: 'When I'm not working, you'll find me down the play park or on the Tube with my Converse on and a muslin cloth in my hand, wiping my boy's snotty nose.

Affirming her love to lead a low-key and normal life, she added: 'As much as I possibly can be, I'm round Tesco's with my backpack, no make-up and sunglasses.'

Suranne welcomed a son with husband Laurence Akers, 47, in March last year - but remains fiercely private about him, and is yet to unveil his name.

However Suranne recently revealed she was more than confident to strip off on the new series of Doctor Foster - despite filming beginning just six months after she gave birth.

She recently revealed to The Sun: 'I was exercising a lot on set and taking part in planking for charity. Spoiler alert: Gemma takes her clothes off at some point and I'd just had a baby, so a bit of planking helped.' 

Low-key: Since starring on the show, Suranne welcomed a son with husband Laurence Akers, 47, in March last year - and admits she loves leading a normal life with her family

Low-key: Since starring on the show, Suranne welcomed a son with husband Laurence Akers, 47, in March last year - and admits she loves leading a normal life with her family