Jodie Comer

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Jodie Comer
Jodie Marie Comer

(1993-03-11) 11 March 1993 (age 27)
Liverpool, England
Alma materSt Julie's Catholic High School
Years active2008–present

Jodie Marie Comer (born 11 March 1993) is an English actress. She is known for her role as Oksana Astankova / Villanelle in the BBC America black comedy-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. Her 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).[1]

Early life[edit]

Jodie Marie Comer[2] was born in Liverpool on 11 March 1993,[3][4] and attended St Julie's Catholic High School in its Woolton suburb. 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.[5][6][7][8] While pursuing an acting career, she took jobs such as collecting glasses in a bar and working at the checkout in a Tesco supermarket.[9]


2008–2018: Early work[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.[5] 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, a sequel to the BBC miniseries The White Queen.[10] In 2017, she also made her feature film debut, as Christine in the Morrissey biopic England is Mine.

2018–present: Killing Eve and mainstream recognition[edit]

In April 2018, Comer began starring in the BBC America spy thriller series Killing Eve as Oksana Astankova / Villanelle, a psychopathic Russian assassin who develops a mutual obsession with Eve Polastri (played by Sandra Oh), the MI5 agent tasked with pursuing her.[11] 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".[12] 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.[13] For her portrayal of Villanelle, Comer has been nominated for two Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and two 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.[14] Comer was ranked No. 94 on the Radio Times "TV 100" list for 2018.[15] In November 2018, The Hollywood Reporter included her in their "Next Gen Talent 2018: Hollywood's Rising Young Stars" list.[16] 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.[17]

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.[18] On 31 March 2020, Comer was announced as the brand ambassador for skin-care brand Noble Panacea.[19]

Comer performed a brief cameo in the 2019 film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, appearing as Rey's mother in flashbacks.[20]

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

Current projects[edit]

In December 2018, it was announced Comer had been cast in the action comedy film Free Guy, which began filming in May 2019.[21][22] It is set to be released in December 2020. She is currently filming for The Last Duel. The film will release in limited theatres on 25 December 2020, before having a worldwide release on 8 January 2021. She will portray Marguerite de Carrouges, the lead female role.

Public image[edit]

In December 2018, British Vogue included her in their list of "The Most Influential Girls of 2018",[23] and in February 2019 Forbes included her in their annual "30 under 30" list for being in the top 30 most influential people in Europe under the age of 30.[24]



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 Herself Short film for Loewe
2019 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Rey's Mother Cameo
2020 Free Guy Milly Post-production
2021 The Last Duel Marguerite de Carrouges Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Royal Today Leanne Episode #1.41
2010 Holby City Ellie Jenkins Episode: "Promises"
2010 Waterloo Road Sarah Evans Series 6 Episode 3
2011 Justice Sharna Mulhearne Miniseries
2012 Doctors Kelly Lowther Episode: "Another Day, Another Dollar"
2012 Silent Witness Eve Gliston Episode: "Fear"
2012 Good Cop Amy Miniseries
2012 Casualty Maddy Eldon Episode: "I'll See You In My Dreams"
2012 Coming Up Cat Sullivan Episode: "Postcode Lottery"
2013 Coming Up Gemma Episode: "Big Girl"
2013 Law & Order: UK Jess Hayes Episode: "Fatherly Love"
2013 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"
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 Episode: "Bovril Pam"
2018–present Killing Eve Oksana Astankova / Villanelle Lead role
2020 Talking Heads Lesley Episode: "Her Big Chance"


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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2016 I Talk Telly Awards Best Actress in a Drama Thirteen Nominated Reader Awards Best Actress Nominated
TV Choice Awards Best Actress 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
9th 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 Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ Killelea, Amanda (2 November 2018). "Killing Eve's Jodie Comer may be TV's most glamorous assassin – but she still lives with her mum". Daily Mirror.
  5. ^ a b "Style Insider – Jodie Comer". 2 March 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
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  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "Jodie Comer". St Julie's Catholic High School. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
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  10. ^ 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.
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  13. ^ Rebecca Koncienzcy (13 December 2018). "Fans can't believe star of hit American TV show is from Liverpool". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Snatches on BBC4: eight feminist monologues that will make you laugh and cry". Radio Times. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  15. ^ Lazarus, Susanna (21 August 2018). "Olivia Colman tops Radio Times TV 100 2018: full list revealed". Archived from the original on 11 September 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  16. ^ Sandberg, Bryn (7 November 2018). "Next Ggen Talent 2018: Hollywood's Rising Young Stars Revealed". Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  17. ^ Horowitz, Josh (23 April 2019). "Jodie Comer". Happy Sad Confused (Podcast) – via Megaphone.
  18. ^ Team, ELLE Fashion (24 September 2019). "Jodie Comer Stars In Loewe's New Campaign Video And It's Brilliantly Bonkers". ELLE. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  19. ^ Donahue, Rosemary (31 March 2020). "Jodie Comer on "Killing Eve" and Her Partnership with Noble Panacea". Allure. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  20. ^ Petrakovitz, Caitlin; Keane, Sean (20 December 2019). "Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker cameos and new characters explained". CNET. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  21. ^ Lewis, Rebecca (20 December 2018). "Killing Eve star Jodie Comer joins Ryan Reynolds for Hollywood debut". Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  22. ^ Kosin, Julie (14 April 2019). "Jodie Comer on Her Favorite Killing Eve Episode and Meeting Villanelle's Match". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
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  24. ^ Reilly, Nick (12 February 2019). "George Ezra, Daniel Radcliffe and Jodie Comer among Forbes' 'most influential celebrities under 30'". Archived from the original on 12 February 2019.
  25. ^ THR Staff (8 December 2019). "Critics' Choice Awards: 'The Irishman' Leads With 14 Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 9 December 2019.
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