Jodie ComerComer as Villanelle in Killing EveBornJodie Marie Comer
Jodie Marie Comer (born 11 March 1993) is an English actress, known for her role as the assassin Villanelle in Killing Eve, for which she won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress, as well as for playing Chloe Gemell in the comedy-drama series My Mad Fat Diary and Elizabeth of York in the miniseries The White Princess.Contents
Comer was born on 11 March 1993 in Liverpool. Her father is a sports massage therapist and works for Everton F.C. while her mother works for Merseytravel.
Comer grew up in Liverpool and attended St Julie's Catholic High School. She came to the attention of her drama teacher when she entered her school talent show and performed a monologue that had previously won her first place at a local drama festival. This led to her being sent to audition for a BBC Radio 4 play, a role that became her first acting job. Others working on the play told her she could make a career out of acting and advised her to engage an agent.
Comer has stated in an interview that she is an Everton F.C. fan.Career
Comer's television career began in 2008 when she had a part in The Royal Today, a spin-off series of The Royal. She then made appearances in Holby City, Doctors, Silent Witness, Casualty, Law & Order: UK, Vera and Inspector George Gently. She was then cast in leading roles in the five-episode drama series Justice, the supernatural miniseries, Remember Me and the E4 comedy-drama series, My Mad Fat Diary where she appeared for three series as Chloe Gemell.
Comer appeared in the 2015 adaptation of Lady Chatterley's Lover, a television film broadcast on BBC One. In 2015, she also appeared in the BBC One drama series Doctor Foster as Kate Parks and was cast in the BBC Three miniseries, Thirteen which premiered on BBC Three on 28 February 2016. In December 2016 she appeared in BBC miniseries Rillington Place. In 2016, Comer was listed as one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow in association with BFI London Film Festival.
In 2017, Comer starred as a young Elizabeth of York in The White Princess on Starz, a sequel to the BBC miniseries The White Queen. In 2017 she also starred in her first feature film, the Morrissey biopic England is Mine, as Christine.
In April 2018, Comer began starring in Phoebe Waller-Bridge's BBC America spy thriller series Killing Eve, playing a psychopathic assassin, Villanelle, who develops a mutual fascination with her MI5 pursuer (Sandra Oh). The series had already been renewed for a second season before its premiere. Jia Tolentino wrote in The New Yorker that, in the context of the show's "constant reversals in tone and rhythm", the "ambiguity—and impossibility—of Villanelle's character has worked (through the first season) thanks to Comer's mercurial, unassailable charisma". In December 2018, filming for Killing Eve season two was officially wrapped and was premiered in April 2019. Comer won British Academy Television Award for Best Actress for her role as Villanelle in May 2019, after previously being nominated in 2017 for her role as Ivy Moxam in Thirteen.
In June 2018, Comer was one of the actresses in a series of BBC Four monologues called Snatches: Moments From Women's Lives, inspired by events that took place in the century since women first won the vote. Comer appeared in the episode Bovril Pam where she portrayed a secretary in 1960s Liverpool exploring her sexuality; the episode was written by Vicky Jones.
Comer was number 94 on the "Radio Times TV 100" list for 2018, a list said to be determined by television executives and broadcasting veterans. In November 2018, The Hollywood Reporter included her in their "Next Gen Talent 2018: Hollywood's Rising Young Stars" List. In December 2018, Vogue (UK) included her in their list of "The Most Influential Girls of 2018", and in February 2019 Forbes included Comer in their annual "Forbes 30 under 30" list for being in the top 30 most influential people in Europe under the age of 30.Upcoming work
In December 2018 it was announced Comer had been cast in the action comedy film Free Guy opposite Ryan Reynolds, which will start filming in May 2019. In April 2019 Comer was asked about upcoming work near the end of her Happy Sad Confused podcast interview and revealed that she had been forced to pull out of Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile due to conflicts of schedule.Activism
In September 2018, Comer appeared in a video in support of Stand Up to Cancer. She also supports Tyred, a UK road safety campaign to outlaw old tyres on coaches.Filmography Film performances Year Title Role Notes 2012 The Last Bite Marcy Short film 2013 In T'Vic Holliday Short film 2017 England is Mine Christine 2020 Free Guy Molotov Girl Post-production Television performances Year Title Role Notes 2008 The Royal Today Leanne Episode #1.41 2010 Holby City Ellie Jenkins Episode: "Promises" 2010 Waterloo Road Sarah Evans Episode #6.3 2011 Justice Sharna Mulhearne Miniseries 2012 Doctors Kelly Lowther Episode: "Another Day, Another Dollar" 2012 Silent Witness Eve Gliston Episodes: "Fear: Part 1", "Fear: Part 2" 2012 Good Cop Amy Miniseries 2012 Casualty Maddy Eldon Episode: "I'll See You In My Dreams" 2012–2013 Coming Up Gemma / Cat Sullivan Episodes: "Postcode Lottery", "Big Girl" 2013–2015 My Mad Fat Diary Chloe Gemell 16 episodes 2013 Law & Order: UK Jess Hayes Episode: "Fatherly Love" 2013 Vera Izzy Rawlins Episode: "Young Gods" 2014 Inspector George Gently Justine Leyland Episode: "Blue for Bluebird" 2014 Remember Me Hannah Ward Miniseries 2015 Lady Chatterley's Lover Ivy Bolton Television film 2015–2017 Doctor Foster Kate Parks 9 episodes 2016 Thirteen Ivy Moxam Miniseries 2016 Rillington Place Beryl Evans Miniseries 2017 The White Princess Elizabeth of York 8 episodes 2018 Snatches: Moments From Women’s Lives Linda Short film series 2018–present Killing Eve Villanelle Lead role Theatre Year Title Role Theatre Location 2010 The Price of Everything Ruby Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough Awards and nominations Year Award Award category Nominated Work Result 2016 I Talk Telly Awards Best Actress in a Drama Thirteen Nominated RadioTimes.com Reader Awards Best Actress Nominated TV Choice Awards Best Actress Nominated 2017 British Academy Television Awards Best Actress Nominated Royal Television Society Award Best Actor (Female) Nominated 2018 Dorian Awards TV Performance of the Year- Actress Killing Eve Nominated Female First Awards 2018 Television Actress of the Year Won Gold Derby Awards Drama Actress Nominated I Talk Telly Awards Best Dramatic Performance Nominated Marie Claire Future Shaper Awards Acting High Flyer Won Television Critics Association Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated 9th Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Nominated 2019 National Television Awards Drama Performance Nominated Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Best Actress Won Royal Television Society Award Best Actor (Female) Won Stylist Remarkable Women Awards Best Entertainer Won British Academy Television Awards Best Actress Won MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Villain Pending References