If you’ve been gripped to The Bodyguard and need a new thriller to sink your teeth into now it’s ended, we suggest look no further than BBC America’s Killing Eve. Not only is one of the most original and funny thrillers we’ve come across in recent year, it also stars one the UK’s most talked about rising stars. But who is psychopathic assassin, Villanelle? We take a look at up-and-coming British actress Jodie Comer.
Having played minor characters in the likes of comedy-drama series My Mad Fat Diary, BBC Three miniseries Thirteen, and more notably as Kate Parks in Doctor Foster and as Elizabeth of York in The White Princess, Killing Eve is undoubtedly Jodie Comer’s breakout role.
She plays Villanelle, a sociopathic Russian assassin who taunts an M.I.5 agent (Sandra Oh) and carries out kills all over Europe. And from the opening scene of the show, we knew we were going to be hooked to Killing Eve and especially Comer.
Killing Eve opens with Villanelle sitting in an ice-cream parlour in Vienna as she flicks a smile at a little girl across the room, only to be ignored. She then watches the girl smile at the server who reciprocates a cheesy grin. Villanelle mimics him and finally get a smile back from the girl. Pleased with herself, Villanelle walks out of the parlour only to knock the girl’s ice cream off the table and into her lap.
Though you may not believe it judging from her Russian accent in Killing Eve, the 25 years old British actress does actually possess an incredibly thick Liverpudlian accent. She is also good friends with fellow-Liverpudlian British heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
We won’t give any spoilers away for Killing Eve if you’ve not seen it, just make sure you catch up on BBC iPlayer!
As part of our ‘Who’s That Girl’ series, last month we took a look at Gabrielle Miller. AKA. ‘The Trivago Girl’!