Jodie Comer

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Jodie Comer
Born (1993-03-11) 11 March 1993 (age 28)
OccupationActress
Years active2007–present
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Jodie Marie Comer (born 11 March 1993) is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Oksana Astankova / Villanelle in the British drama spy thriller Killing Eve (2018–present), for which she has received critical acclaim and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress.

Comer's other notable roles include Chloe Gemell in the E4 comedy-drama series My Mad Fat Diary (2013–2015), Kate Parks in the BBC One drama series Doctor Foster (2015–2017), Ivy Moxam in the BBC Three drama miniseries Thirteen (2016), and Elizabeth of York in the Starz historical miniseries The White Princess (2017), and Sarah in Channel 4 television film Help (2021).

Her major film roles include Millie Rusk / Molotov Girl in Free Guy which was a commercial success and Marguerite de Carrouges in The Last Duel (both 2021).

Early life[edit]

Jodie Marie Comer[1] was born in Liverpool, England, on 11 March 1993,[2] and grew up in the city's Childwall suburb.[3][4] She attended St Julie's Catholic High School in the neighbouring suburb of Woolton, where she became friends with future Olympic athlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson.[5][6] After being expelled from a dance group by her friends at school due to being unable to attend rehearsals for the school talent show during a family holiday, she instead performed a monologue for the show. This brought her to the attention of her drama teacher, who then sent her to audition for a BBC Radio 4 play, which became her first acting job. Her co-stars in the play told her that she could make a career out of acting and advised her to get an agent.[7][8][9][10]

Career[edit]

2008–2018: Early career[edit]

Comer's professional career began in 2008 with a guest role on an episode of The Royal Today, a spin-off series of the medical drama series The Royal. She then made appearances in series such as Waterloo Road, Holby City, Doctors, Silent Witness, Casualty, Law & Order: UK, Vera, and Inspector George Gently. She was cast in leading roles in the five-episode drama series Justice, the supernatural miniseries Remember Me, and as Chloe Gemell in the E4 comedy-drama series My Mad Fat Diary. Comer appeared in the 2015 adaptation of Lady Chatterley's Lover, a television film broadcast on BBC One. That same year, she appeared as Kate Parks in the BBC One drama series Doctor Foster and was cast in her first starring role as Ivy Moxam in the BBC Three miniseries Thirteen, which premiered in February 2016 and earned her a nomination for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress. In December 2016, she appeared in the BBC miniseries Rillington Place as Beryl Evans, one of serial killer John Christie’s victims.[7] In 2016, Comer was listed as one of Screen International's "Stars of Tomorrow" in association with the BFI London Film Festival. In 2017, she starred as a young Elizabeth of York in The White Princess on Starz,[11] a sequel to the BBC miniseries The White Queen.[12] In 2017, she also made her feature film debut, as Christine in the Morrissey biopic England Is Mine.

2018–present: Killing Eve and breakthrough[edit]

In April 2018, Comer began starring in the BBC spy thriller series Killing Eve as Villanelle, a psychopathic Russian assassin who develops a mutual obsession with Eve Polastri (played by Sandra Oh), the MI6 agent tasked with pursuing her.[13] Comer has garnered critical acclaim for her performance on the series, with Jia Tolentino of The New Yorker stating 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".[14] Due to her character swapping between multiple accents from around the world as part of her various disguises, much attention has been given to Comer's native Scouse accent and the surprise of viewers who hear it for the first time.[15] For her portrayal of Villanelle, Comer has been nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and three British Academy Television Awards for Best Actress, with her winning both in 2019.

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.[16] Comer was ranked No. 94 on the Radio Times "TV 100" list for 2018.[17] In November 2018, The Hollywood Reporter included her in their "Next Gen Talent 2018: Hollywood's Rising Young Stars" list.[18] In April 2019, Comer was asked about upcoming work during her Happy Sad Confused podcast interview and revealed that she had been forced to drop out of Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile due to scheduling conflicts.[19]

In September 2019, a few days after her Emmy win, it was announced that Comer would be the face of the Loewe spring/summer 2020 fashion campaign, which saw her star in a short film for the brand that consisted of her repeating the brand's name with different emotions.[20] On 31 March 2020, Comer was announced as the brand ambassador for skin-care brand Noble Panacea.[21]

Comer performed a brief cameo in the 2019 film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, appearing as Rey's mother in flashbacks.[22]

In June 2020, Comer played the lead role of Lesley in a BBC iPlayer reboot of the Talking Heads episode "Her Big Chance".[23] The episode, directed by Josie Rourke, was filmed in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In December 2018, it was announced Comer had been cast in the action comedy film Free Guy, which began filming in May 2019.[24][25] Comer is the female lead alongside Ryan Reynolds. She plays two roles: Millie, a games developer, and Molotov Girl, Millie's in-game avatar.[26] The film was released on 13 August 2021.[26]

Later in 2021, she teamed with Jack Thorne and Stephen Graham, starring in the Channel 4 drama Help, as a young care home worker struggling during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. She also acted as an executive producer.

Upcoming projects[edit]

Comer finished filming for The Last Duel (directed by Ridley Scott) in October 2020. The film will release worldwide on 15 October 2021. She portrays Marguerite de Carrouges, the lead female role.[27] Her next project is another Ridley Scott film, Kitbag, where she will play Napoleon Bonaparte's wife opposite Joaquin Phoenix.

In the media[edit]

In December 2018, British Vogue included Comer in their list of "The Most Influential Girls of 2018",[28] and in February 2019 Forbes included her in their annual "30 Under 30" list for being in the top 30 most influential people in the entertainment industry in Europe under the age of 30.[29][30]

In 2020, Comer discussed the class discrimination she experienced during her career as someone from a famously working class city.[31]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 England is Mine Christine
2019 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Rey's mother
2021 Free Guy Millie Rusk / Molotov Girl
The Last Duel Marguerite de Carrouges

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Royal Today Leanne Series 1: Episode 41
2010 Holby City Ellie Jenkins Episode: "Promises"
Waterloo Road Sarah Evans Series 6: Episode 3
2011 Justice Sharna Mulhearne TV mini-series; all 5 episodes
2012 Doctors Kelly Lowther Episode: "Another Day, Another Dollar"
Silent Witness Eve Gilston Episodes: "Fear: Parts 1 & 2"
Good Cop Amy Series 1: Episode 1
Casualty Maddy Eldon Episode: "I'll See You In My Dreams"
Coming Up Cat Sullivan Episode: "Postcode Lottery"
2013 Gemma Episode: "Big Girl"
Law & Order: UK Jess Hayes Episode: "Fatherly Love"
Vera Izzy Rawlins Episode: "Young Gods"
2013–2015 My Mad Fat Diary Chloe Gemell Lead role; all 16 episodes
2014 Inspector George Gently Justine Leyland Episode: "Blue for Bluebird"
Remember Me Hannah Ward Lead role; TV mini-series; all 3 episodes
2015 Lady Chatterley's Lover Ivy Bolton Television film
2015–2017 Doctor Foster Kate Parks Main role; 9 episodes
2016 Thirteen Ivy Moxam Lead role; TV mini-series; all 5 episodes
Rillington Place Beryl Evans TV mini-series
2017 The White Princess Elizabeth of York Lead role; TV mini-series; all 8 episodes
2018 Snatches: Moments From Women's Lives Linda Episode: "Bovril Pam"
2018–present Killing Eve Oksana Astankova / Villanelle Lead role
2020 Talking Heads Lesley Episode: "Her Big Chance"
2021 Help Sarah Lead role; television film; also executive producer [32]

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Venue
2010 The Price of Everything Ruby Stephen Joseph Theatre

Short films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Last Bite Marcie
2013 In T'Vic Holliday
2019 Either Way Madam

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2016
I Talk Telly Awards Best Actress in a Drama Thirteen Nominated
RadioTimes.com Reader Awards Best Actress Nominated
TV Choice Awards Nominated
2017
British Academy Television Awards Best Actress Nominated
Royal Television Society Awards 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
2019
National Television Awards Drama Performance Nominated
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Best Actress Won
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Gold Derby Awards Drama Actress Won
Royal Television Society Award Best Actor (Female) Won
Stylist Remarkable Women Awards Best Entertainer Won
British Academy Television Awards Leading Actress Won
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Villain Nominated
Television Critics Association Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated
TV Choice Awards Best Actress Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Won
Broadcast Digital Awards Best Short-Form Drama Snatches: Moments from Women's Lives Won
2020
Critics Choice Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Killing Eve Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Drama Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
National Television Awards Drama Performance Nominated
NME Awards Best TV Actor Nominated
British Academy Television Awards Leading Actress Nominated
TV Choice Awards Best Actress Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2021
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Kiss Nominated
British Academy Television Awards Leading Actress Nominated

See also[edit]

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