Phoebe Waller-Bridge

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge
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Waller-Bridge in 2018.
Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge

(1985-07-14) 14 July 1985 (age 33)
London, England
EducationRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
  • Actress
  • writer
Years active2009–present
Conor Woodman
(m. 2014; div. 2018)

Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge (born 14 July 1985) is an English actress and writer.[1] She is best known for creating, writing and starring in the comedy-drama series Crashing (2016) and Fleabag (2016–19), and for developing and writing the BBC America drama Killing Eve (2018–present), based on novels by Luke Jennings.

Early life and education[edit]

Waller-Bridge was born 14 July 1985 in West London, the daughter of Michael Cyprian Waller-Bridge and Teresa Mary (née Clerke).[2][3][4] Her maternal grandfather was Sir John Edward Longueville Clerke, the 12th of the Clerke baronets of Hitcham;[5] on her father's side she is a descendant of The Rev. Sir Egerton Leigh, 2nd Baronet, Conservative member of parliament for Mid Cheshire from 1873 to his death in 1876.[6][7]

She grew up in Ealing in West London,[8][9] and has a younger brother, Jasper Waller-Bridge, who is a music manager, and an older sister, Isobel Waller-Bridge, who is a composer and wrote the music for Fleabag.[10][11] Her parents are divorced.[12]

Waller-Bridge was educated at St Augustine's Priory, a Catholic independent school for girls in the London Borough of Ealing,[13] followed by the independent sixth form college DLD College London in Marylebone, London.[14] She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.[15]


In 2009, Waller-Bridge made her acting debut in the play Roaring Trade at Soho Theatre.[16] She also appeared in the second series of drama Broadchurch. In 2013, Waller-Bridge played in one episode of Bad Education as "India".

In addition to acting, Waller-Bridge is a playwright. Her work includes the series of plays Good. Clean. Fun.[17] and Fleabag.[18][19] In 2016, Waller-Bridge wrote and starred Channel 4 sitcom Crashing and BBC Three's adaptation of Fleabag.

After its initial release on BBC Three, Fleabag was broadcast on BBC Two from August 2016. It was picked up by the on-demand Amazon Video service and premiered in the United States in September 2016.[20][21] For her performance in the series she won the British Academy Television Award for Best Female Comedy Performance and was nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. Fleabag's second and final series aired in 2019.[22][23]

Waller-Bridge is the co-artistic director, with Vicky Jones, of DryWrite Theatre Company.[24][25][26] The two met and became friends while working on theatre productions.[27] Waller-Bridge voiced and performed droid L3-37 in the Star Wars film Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).[28][29]

Waller-Bridge wrote and produced the drama television series Killing Eve based on novels by Luke Jennings.[30] The BBC America series stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer and premiered in April 2018.[31] For her work on the script, she received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.

In March 2019, HBO ordered the series Run, which is created by Waller-Bridge and Vicky Jones, and will star Domhnall Gleeson and Merritt Wever in lead roles.[32]

In 2019, Waller-Bridge assisted on the screenplay for the untitled "Bond 25" film with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.[33]

Personal life[edit]

Waller-Bridge lives in Kensal Rise, northwest London. She was married to Conor Woodman, a presenter and documentary filmmaker.[9] By 2017 the couple had split and were filing for divorce.[34] Since early 2018, Waller-Bridge has been in a relationship with playwright Martin McDonagh.[35]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Reward Charlotte Short film
2011 Beautiful Enough Composer (voice) Short film
Albert Nobbs Viscountess Yarrell
Meconium Lorna Short film
The Iron Lady Susie
2015 Man Up Katie
2017 Goodbye Christopher Robin Mary Brown
2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story L3-37
2020 Bond 25 N/A Screenwriter, rewrites from a screenplay by Scott Z. Burns[33]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Doctors Katie Burbridge Episode: "Chef's Secret"
2010 How Not to Live Your Life Felicity Episode: "Don's Posh Weekend"
2011 The Night Watch Lauren Television film
2011–2013 The Café Chloe Astill 13 episodes
2013 Coming Up Karen Episode: "Henry"
London Irish Steph Episode: "Episode 2"
Bad Education India Episode: "Drugs"
The Revengers Emma
2014 Glue Bee Warwick 2 episodes
Drifters N/A Writer
3 episodes
2015 Broadchurch Abby 8 episodes
Flack Eve Television film
2016 Crashing Lulu Also creator and writer
6 episodes
2016–2019 Fleabag Fleabag Also creator, executive producer and writer
12 episodes
2018–present Killing Eve N/A Creator, executive producer and writer
TBA Run N/A Upcoming[32]
Co-creator, executive producer and writer


Year Production Role Theatre
2007 Is Everyone OK? Latitude Festival
Crazy Love Billie Paines Plough[36]
2008 Twelfth Night Viola Sprite Productions[37]
2009 Roaring Trade Jess Soho Theatre
2 May 1997 Sarah The Bush Theatre
Rope Leila Arden Almeida Theatre
2010 Like A Fishbone Intern The Bush Theatre
Tribes Ruth Royal Court Theatre
2011 Hay Fever Sorel Bliss Noël Coward Theatre[1][38]
2012 Mydidae Marian Soho Theatre
Trafalgar Studios[39]
2013 Fleabag Fleabag Underbelly, Cowgate[40]
2014 The One Jo Soho Theatre[41]
2015 Fleabag Fleabag The Salisbury Playhouse[42]
2019 SoHo Playhouse[43]
Wyndham’s Theatre[44]
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

Works and publications[edit]

  • Waller-Bridge, Phoebe (2013). Fleabag. London: Nick Hern Books. ISBN 978-1-84-842364-0. OCLC 894546593.


Year Award Award category Nominated Work Result
2013 Stage Awards for Acting Excellence Best Solo Performer Fleabag Won
Evening Standard Awards Most Promising Playwright Nominated
2014 Critics' Circle Theatre Award Won
Laurence Olivier Award Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre Nominated
2017 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actress in a Comedy Series Fleabag Nominated
Royal Television Society Awards Breakthrough star[45] Won
Writer - Comedy Won
BAFTA TV Craft Award Best Writer: Comedy Nominated
Breakthrough Talent Award Crashing Nominated
Fleabag Nominated
BAFTA TV Award Best Female Performance in a Comedy[46] Won
Gold Derby Awards Best Comedy Actress Nominated
Best Breakthrough Performer of the Year Nominated
TCA Award Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
Gotham Awards Breakthrough Series – Long Form Won
2018 Primetime Emmy Award Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Killing Eve Nominated
Gotham Awards Breakthrough Series – Long Form Nominated
2019 BAFTA TV Craft Award Best Writing[47] Nominated


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