About Gentleman Jack

Gentleman Jack is an eight-episode drama series from BAFTA-winning writer Sally Wainwright (To Walk Invisible, Happy Valley).

Set in 1832 West Yorkshire, England, Gentleman Jack is inspired by the true-story and coded journals of Anne Lister (played by Suranne Jones), and follows her attempt to revitalize her inherited home, Shibden Hall. Most notably for the time period, a part of Lister’s plan is to help the fate of her own family by taking a wife.

The prospective wife, Ann Walker, will be played by Peaky Blinders’ Sophie Rundle; Gemma Whelan, known for her role as Yara on Game of Thrones, has been cast as Lister’s sister, Marian. Timothy West (Last Tango in Halifax, Bleak House) will portray their father, Jeremy Lister, and Gemma Jones (God’s Own Country, Bridget Jones’s Diary) their aunt, Anne.

Actors Sophie Rundle and Suranne Jones at the table read.

The ensemble also includes Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing) as Queen Marie of Denmark; Katherine Kelly (Happy Valley) as Ann Walker's sister Elizabeth Sutherland; Stephanie Cole (Waiting for God, Still Open All Hours) as Ann Walker’s aunt; Peter Davison (Liar, Doctor Who) as Walker’s cousin, William Priestley; Amelia Bullmore (Happy Valley, Scott & Bailey) as William’s wife, Eliza; Vincent Franklin (Cucumber, Happy Valley) as Christopher Rawson, a businessman and fierce rival to Anne Lister, Shaun Dooley (Gunpowder, Broadchurch) as Jeremiah, Christopher’s brother and business partner; along with newcomers Albane Courtois and Ben Hunter as Eugénie Pierre and Joseph Booth.

Gentleman Jack will air on BBC One and HBO, and is directed by Sally Wainwright, Sarah Harding (Vikings, Queer as Folk) and Jennifer Perrott; produced by Lookout Point for HBO and BBC One; executive producers, Sally Wainwright, Faith Penhale and Laura Lankester for Lookout Point and Ben Irving for BBC One; producer, Phil Collinson.