Jodie Comer

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Jodie Comer
Born (1993-03-11) 11 March 1993 (age 25)
Liverpool, England
OccupationActress
Years active2007–present
Notable work
My Mad Fat Diary (2013–15)
Doctor Foster (2015-)
Thirteen (2016)
The White Princess (2017)
Killing Eve (2018–)

Jodie Comer (born 11 March 1993) is an English actress, known for her roles as the assassin Villanelle in Killing Eve, Chloe Gemell in the comedy-drama series My Mad Fat Diary, Ivy Moxam in the BBC Three miniseries Thirteen, Kate Parks in Doctor Foster and as Elizabeth of York in the miniseries The White Princess.

Early life[edit]

Jodie Comer was born on 11 March 1993 in Liverpool, England.[1] She attended a weekend drama school and performed at her school, St Julie's Catholic High School, in Woolton, Liverpool. After being excluded for not being able to attend dance rehearsals for a school talent show, she came to the attention of her drama teacher when she entered the competition solo, performing 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 and a role that was 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.[2][3][4]

Career[edit]

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 seasons 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.[2] 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.[5] In 2017 she also starred in her first feature film, the Morrissey biopic England is Mine, as Christine.

In April 2018, Comer began a leading role in Phoebe Waller-Bridge's BBC America spy thriller series Killing Eve, portraying a psychopathic assassin, Villanelle, who develops a mutual fascination with her MI5 pursuer (Sandra Oh).[6] The series had already been renewed for a second season before its première.[6] 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".[7]

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.[8]

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.[9] In November 2018 “The Hollywood Reporter included her in their “Next Gen Talent 2018: Hollywood’s Rising Young Stars” List.[10]

Activism[edit]

In September 2018, Comer appeared in a video in support of Stand Up to Cancer.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 In T'Vic Holliday Short Film
2017 England is Mine Christine First Feature Film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Royal Today Leanne Season One, Episode 41
2010 Holby City Ellie Jenkins Season Twelve, Episode Sixteen – "Promises"
2010 Waterloo Road Sarah Evans Season Six, Episode Three
2011 Justice Sharna Mulhearne Five episodes
2012 Doctors Kelly Lowther Season Thirteen, Episode 183 – "Another Day, Another Dollar"
2012 Silent Witness Eve Gliston Season 15, Episodes Nine & Ten – "Fear"
2012 The Last Bite Marcy Short film
2012 Good Cop Amy Miniseries – Episode One
2012 Casualty Maddy Eldon Season Twenty-seven, Episode Five – "I'll See You In My Dreams"
2012 Coming Up Cat Sullivan Season Seven, Episode Five – "Postcode Lottery"
2013–2015 My Mad Fat Diary Chloe Gemell E4 drama series; three seasons (sixteen episodes)
2013 Coming Up Gemma Season Eight, Episode Three – "Big Girl"
2013 Law & Order: UK Jess Hayes Season Seven, Episode Four – "Fatherly Love"
2013 Vera Izzy Rawlins Season Three, Episode Three – "Young Gods"
2014 Inspector George Gently Justine Leyland Season Six, Episode Two – "Blue for Bluebird"
2014 Remember Me Hannah Ward Miniseries – Three episodes
2015 Lady Chatterley's Lover Ivy Bolton Television film
2015–2017 Doctor Foster Kate Parks Nine episodes
2016 Thirteen Ivy Moxam BBC Three miniseries – Five episodes
2016 Rillington Place Beryl Evans BBC One three-part series based on serial killer John Christie
2017 The White Princess Elizabeth of York Eight part series
2018 Snatches: Moments From Women’s Lives Linda Short film (monologue). Episode Three – “Bovril Pam”
2018–present Killing Eve Villanelle Leading role

Other credits[edit]

Theatre[edit]

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

Radio[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 "Tin Man" Jessica BBC Radio 4 Play
2016 "Sonnets in the City" (After Sunset Fades) Suzanne Amser (younger) BBC Radio 3 Play
2018 "Love Henry James- The Wings of Dove" Milly Theale BBC Radio 4 Play

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Award category Nominated 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 Best Actress Nominated
2017 British Academy Television Awards Leading Actress Nominated
Royal Television Society Award Best Actor (Female) Nominated
2018 Gold Derby Awards Drama Actress Killing Eve Nominated
Television Critics Association Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated
9th Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Pending
Female First Awards 2018 Television Actress of the Year Won [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Data Sheet". twitter.com/jodiecomer. 21 November 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Style Insider – Jodie Comer". donnaida.com. 2 March 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Glass meets young British actress Jodie Comer, star of Killing Eve". Glass Magazine. 2 May 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Jodie Comer is the Fiery Young Queen of Your Game of Thrones Replacement The White Princess". W Magazine. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  5. ^ Jaafar, Ali (15 April 2016). "Doctor Foster Star Jodie Comer Lands Lead Role In Starz Sequel The White Princess". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b Wittmer, Carrie (May 8, 2018). "Killing Eve is a smart and seductive spy thriller that has a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes". Business Insider. Archived from the original on May 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Tolentino, Jia (May 27, 2018). "The Pleasurable Patterns of the Killing Eve Season Finale". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on May 29, 2018.
  8. ^ "Snatches on BBC4: eight feminist monologues that will make you laugh and cry". Radio Times. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  9. ^ Lazarus, Susanna (21 August 2018). "Olivia Colman tops Radio Times TV 100 2018: full list revealed". radiotimes.com. Archived from the original on 11 September 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  10. ^ Sandberg, Bryn (7 November 2018). "Next Ggen Talent 2018: Hollywood's Rising Young Stars Revealed". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  11. ^ Beresford, Jack (September 18, 2018). "Liam Neeson stars in emotional 'Stand Up To Cancer' campaign video". The Irish Post. Archived from the original on September 19, 2018.
  12. ^ "Female First Awards 2018 – TV Actress of the Year". Female First. Retrieved December 12, 2018.

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