Jodie Comer

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Jodie Comer
Jodie Comer during an interview, August 2021 (cropped).png
Comer in August 2021
Born (1993-03-11) 11 March 1993 (age 29)
Liverpool, England
OccupationActress
Years active2007–present
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Jodie Marie Comer (/ˈkmər/ KOH-mər; born 11 March 1993) is an English actress. She has received various accolades including two British Academy Television Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award, in addition to nominations for two Golden Globe Awards, two Critics Choice Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Born and raised in Liverpool, Comer began her career in an episode of The Royal Today in 2008. Following appearances in several television series, she landed the roles of Chloe Gemell in the E4 comedy-drama series My Mad Fat Diary (2013–2015) and Kate Parks in the BBC One drama series Doctor Foster (2015–2017). In between the series, Comer received critical acclaim for her portrayal as Ivy Moxam in the BBC Three drama miniseries Thirteen. Her other major television roles include Elizabeth of York in the Starz historical miniseries The White Princess (2017), and Sarah in the Channel 4 television film Help (2021).

Comer rose to global prominence for her role as Oksana Astankova / Villanelle in the BBC America spy thriller Killing Eve (2018–2022) for which she received critical acclaim and won a British Academy Television Award for Best Actress and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Her major film roles include Millie Rusk / Molotov Girl in Free Guy (2021), and Marguerite de Carrouges in The Last Duel (2021). Comer made her West End debut in Suzie Miller's play Prima Facie at the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2022.

Early life[edit]

Jodie Marie Comer[1] was born in Liverpool on 11 March 1993,[2] the daughter of Merseyrail employee Donna and Everton FC physiotherapist James Comer.[3] She grew up in Liverpool's Childwall suburb.[3][4] She has a younger brother named Charlie (born in 1995).[5][6] She attended St Julie's Catholic High School in the Liverpool suburb of Woolton, where she became close friends with future Olympic athlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson.[7][8] She started acting at a local weekend drama school called CALS in the Belle Vale area of Liverpool when she was 11 years old, and it was through this school that she entered the Liverpool Performing Arts Festival in 2006 at St George's Hall and came first in her category after performing a monologue about the Hillsborough Disaster.[9][10][11]

After being expelled from a dance group by her friends in high school because she was unable to attend rehearsals for the school talent show due to being on holiday with her family, Comer decided to perform her monologue for the show; this brought her to the attention of her drama teacher, who sent her to audition for a BBC Radio 4 play, which became her first acting job.[12][13] Her co-stars in the play told her that she could make a career out of acting and advised her to get an agent.[14][15]

Career[edit]

Career beginnings (2008–2017)[edit]

Comer's 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. In the same year, Comer appeared as Kate Parks in the BBC One drama series Doctor Foster.

Comer 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.[12] 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,[16] a sequel to the BBC miniseries The White Queen.[17] In 2017, she also made her feature film debut, as Christine in the Morrissey biopic England Is Mine.

Killing Eve and worldwide recognition (2018–present)[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.[18] Comer 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".[19] 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.[20] For her portrayal of Villanelle, Comer has been nominated for three 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.[21] Comer was ranked No. 94 on the Radio Times "TV 100" list for 2018.[22] In November 2018, The Hollywood Reporter included her in their "Next Gen Talent 2018: Hollywood's Rising Young Stars" list.[23] 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.[24]

Comer performed a cameo in the 2019 film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, appearing as Rey's mother Miramir in flashbacks.[25][26]

In June 2020, Comer played the lead role of Lesley in a BBC iPlayer reboot of the Talking Heads episode "Her Big Chance".[27] 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.[28][29] Comer is the female lead alongside Ryan Reynolds. She played two roles in the film: Millie, a games developer, and Molotov Girl, Millie's in-game avatar. The film was released on 13 August 2021.[30] It later debuted on Disney Plus for home viewers on 23 February 2022. A cover version of Mariah Carey song "Fantasy" sung by Comer was used in the film.[31] For this role, she was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Later in 2021, Comer teamed with writer Jack Thorne and actor Stephen Graham to star in the Channel 4 drama Help,[32] in which she played 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. The role earned her a fifth British Academy Television Awards for Best Actress nomination which she ultimately won. Comer portrayed Marguerite de Carrouges in Ridley Scott's The Last Duel alongside Matt Damon, Adam Driver and Ben Affleck.[33] The film was released worldwide on 15 October 2021.

Comer made her West End debut in Suzie Miller's play Prima Facie at the Harold Pinter Theatre which started in April 2022 and concluded in June 2022. For the role, Comer received significant critical acclaim.[34][35][36] Comer will make her Broadway debut with Prima Facie when the production transfers from the West End, in spring 2023.[37] Starting 21 July 2022, a filmed performance of the play at the Harold Pinter Theatre was shown at cinemas around the world by NT Live.[38]

Upcoming projects[edit]

In March 2022, it was announced that Comer will star in and produce a limited series adaptation of Jen Beagin’s novel Big Swiss for HBO. The project will be produced by A24 and Adam McKay's Hyperobject Industries.[39] She is also committed to star in and produce the environmental thriller The End We Start From, an adaptation of Megan Hunter's debut novel directed by Mahalia Belo.[40] Benedict Cumberbatch's SunnyMarch and Liza Marshall's Hera Pictures will produce the project, and started filming in August 2022. In the same month, it was announced that Comer will star alongside Austin Butler and Tom Hardy in Jeff Nichols' The Bikeriders, which is a fictional story inspired by the photography of Danny Lyon and his 1967 book of the same name. The film will be released by New Regency and shall commence filming in October 2022.[41]

Public image[edit]

In December 2018, British Vogue included Comer in their list of "The Most Influential Girls of 2018",[42] 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.[43][44]

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.[45] On 31 March 2020, Comer was announced as the brand ambassador for skin-care brand Noble Panacea.[46]

In 2020, Comer discussed the class discrimination she experienced during her career as someone from a working-class city.[47]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Key
Denotes productions that have not yet been released Denotes productions that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Last Bite Marcie Short film
2013 In T'Vic Holliday Short film
2017 England Is Mine Christine
2019 Either Way Madam Short film
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Miramir, Rey's mother Cameo
2021 Free Guy Millie Rusk / Molotov Girl
The Last Duel Marguerite de Carrouges
TBA The End We Start From Denotes production that has not yet been released Filming[48]
TBA The Bikeriders Denotes production that has not yet been released Filming

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 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 16 episodes
2014 Inspector George Gently Justine Leyland Episode: "Blue for Bluebird"
Remember Me Hannah Ward Miniseries (3 episodes)
2015 Lady Chatterley's Lover Ivy Bolton Television film
2015–2017 Doctor Foster Kate Parks 9 episodes
2016 Thirteen Ivy Moxam Miniseries (5 episodes)
Rillington Place Beryl Evans Miniseries (2 episodes)
2017 The White Princess Elizabeth of York Miniseries (8 episodes)
2018 Snatches: Moments From Women's Lives Linda Episode: "Bovril Pam"
2018–2022 Killing Eve Oksana Astankova / Villanelle Lead role (32 episodes)
2020 Talking Heads Lesley Episode: "Her Big Chance"
2021 Help Sarah Television film
Executive producer

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Venue(s)
2010 The Price of Everything Ruby Stephen Joseph Theatre
Scarborough, England
2022–2023 Prima Facie Tessa Ensler Harold Pinter Theatre, West End
London, England
John Golden Theatre, Broadway
New York City, NY

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2016
I Talk Telly Awards Best Actress in a Drama Thirteen Nominated
Radio Times 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 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 Best 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 Actress in a Drama Series Nominated [51]
National Television Awards Drama Performance Nominated
NME Awards Best TV Actor Nominated
British Academy Television Awards Best 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 Best Actress Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film Help Nominated
Indiana Film Journalists Association Best Actress The Last Duel Runner-up
Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress 6th place
Greater Western New York Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Nominated
IGN Summer Movie Awards Best Lead Performer in a Movie Nominated
2022
Columbus Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Golden Schmoes Awards Best Actress of the Year Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Best Breakthrough Performance: Female Nominated
Critics' Choice Super Awards Best Actress in an Action Movie Won [56]
Best Actress in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie Free Guy Nominated [57]
British Academy Television Awards Best Actress Help Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Killing Eve Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress Free Guy Nominated
Evening Standard Theatre Awards Best Actress Prima Facie Pending
The Stage Debut Awards Best West End Debut Performer Prima Facie Won [58]

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