Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge
14 July 1985
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
(m. 2014; sep. 2017)
|Partner||Martin McDonagh (2018–present)|
|Relatives||Isobel Waller-Bridge (sister)|
Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge (born 14 July 1985) is an English actress and screenwriter. She is best known as the creator, head writer, and star of the BBC sitcom Fleabag (2016–2019), which was based on her one-woman show of the same name. She was also showrunner, head writer, and executive producer of the first series of Killing Eve (2018–2022), which she adapted for television.
For Fleabag, Waller-Bridge received the British Academy Television Award for Best Female Comedy Performance, three Emmy Awards (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Comedy Series), and two Golden Globe Awards (Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy and Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy).
Waller-Bridge also created, wrote, and starred in the Channel 4 comedy series Crashing (2016). She appeared in the comedy series The Café (2011–2013) and the second series of crime drama series Broadchurch (2015). She has appeared in films such as Albert Nobbs (2011), The Iron Lady (2011), Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017), and as the droid L3-37 in the Star Wars film Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). She also contributed to the screenplay of the James Bond film No Time to Die (2021).
Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge was born in Hammersmith, London, on 14 July 1985, the daughter of Michael Cyprian Waller-Bridge, founder of the electronic trading platform Tradepoint, and Theresa Mary, daughter of Sir John Edward Longueville Clerke, 12th Baronet, employed by the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers. The Bridge, later Waller-Bridge, family were soldiers and clergymen, who came to rank among the landed gentry of Cuckfield in Sussex. Her grandfather, Cyprian Waller-Bridge (1918-1960), "a Wodehousian sort of character... 'the eccentric son of an eccentric vicar'", was an actor and BBC announcer. On her father's side, she is a descendant of the Revd Sir Egerton Leigh, 2nd Baronet, and a distant relative of politician and author Egerton Leigh, Conservative MP for Mid Cheshire from 1873 to his death in 1876.
Waller-Bridge grew up in London's Ealing district, and has two siblings: an older sister named Isobel Waller-Bridge, a composer with whom she has collaborated, and a younger brother named Jasper Waller-Bridge. Her parents are divorced. She was educated at St Augustine's Priory, a Catholic independent school for girls, followed by the independent sixth form college DLD College London in the Marylebone area of London. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Early work and breakthrough (2007–2015)
Waller-Bridge's performing credits begin in theatre in 2007. At that time, she co-founded the DryWrite Theatre Company with Vicky Jones. They are co-artistic directors of the company. The two women met and became friends while working on theatre productions. Among her acting theatre credits are the 2009 productions Roaring Trade at Soho Theatre and Rope at the Almeida Theatre. She performed in a production of Noël Coward's Hay Fever in 2011 and Mydidae in 2012. Waller-Bridge then wrote and starred in Fleabag, which she first performed as part of the London Storytelling Festival on 25 November 2012. The first full version of Fleabag premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013. She later wrote the short plays production Good. Clean. Fun. Waller-Bridge returned to the stage for further productions of Fleabag between 2013 and 2019.
Waller-Bridge began her screen career in 2009, playing roles in short films and in individual episodes of television sitcoms and dramas. Her early television appearances include the 2011 film The Night Watch, as well as Bad Education and Coming Up in 2013 and Blandings in 2014. She had recurring supporting roles in The Café from 2011 to 2013 and in the second series of Broadchurch in 2015. Her first feature length theatrical film roles were in 2011 for Albert Nobbs and The Iron Lady. Her role in Albert Nobbs had her cast alongside Emerald Fennell, to whom she would later hand off showrunner duties for Killing Eve.
Waller-Bridge has voice acted for several BBC Radio plays, such as 2013's Vincent Price and the Horror of the English Blood Beast, in which she played actress Hillary Dwyer, and a 2014 adaptation of an Agatha Christie story. She has provided narration in short films, including a 2015 television documentary on dating apps and a 2016 Christmas themed animated short film. She has also voiced ads for companies such as The Cotswold Company, Warburtons, Gordon's Gin, Trainline, Travel Republic, Kuoni Travel, and Tropicana.
Critical acclaim and wider recognition (2016–present)
In 2016, she wrote and starred in her first television project, the Channel 4 comedy Crashing about a group of twenty-somethings living in an abandoned hospital under the property guardianship scheme. It began streaming on Netflix after airing in the UK, with W Magazine calling it Waller-Bridge's "twisted take on Friends." GQ Magazine described the show's six episodes as: "perfect little whirlwinds of comedy building to one big maelstrom where everyone falls to pieces—some are better off for it, and some are not. No matter where the chips fall, you'll have a good time."
After an 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. 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. For the second series, Waller-Bridge received Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Comedy Series.
Waller-Bridge wrote and produced the thriller television series Killing Eve, based on novels by Luke Jennings. She was also the showrunner for season 1. The BBC America series stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer and premiered in April 2018 to critical acclaim. For her work on the series, she received nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series, the latter as a producer.
In March 2019, HBO ordered the series Run, which was executive-produced by Waller-Bridge and starred Domhnall Gleeson and Merritt Wever in lead roles. Waller-Bridge also featured in the series with a recurring role as the character Laurel. It was cancelled after one season.
In 2019, Waller-Bridge co-wrote the screenplay for No Time to Die (2021), the 25th James Bond film, along with Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Cary Joji Fukunaga. It was stated she was brought on to introduce "more humour and the offbeat style of writing she is best known for."
In 2020, Waller-Bridge recurred in season 2 of the television show His Dark Materials where she voiced Sayan Kötör. She also directed the music video for "Savior Complex" by Phoebe Bridgers. Waller-Bridge then appeared in the music video for "Treat People with Kindness" by Harry Styles, which premiered on 1 January 2021.
She was set to co-star with Donald Glover in a television adaptation of the 2005 film Mr. and Mrs. Smith and is a part of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, which is to be released in 2023. In September 2021, it was revealed that Waller-Bridge had exited the series over creative differences. It was announced that Waller-Bridge will be developing a Tomb Raider TV series for Amazon Prime.
Waller-Bridge lives in the Shoreditch area of London. She married Irish presenter and documentary filmmaker Conor Woodman in 2014. By 2017, they had separated and filed for divorce. Since early 2018, she has been in a relationship with playwright Martin McDonagh.
Waller-Bridge describes herself as an atheist, although she says she "hopped around a bit from religion to religion" while growing up. She avoids social media, stating in a 2019 interview that she "would feel pressure to be funny the whole time" and that she did not feel confident enough to deal with the negative comments that come with social media use.
|Denotes works that have not yet been released|
|2011||Beautiful Enough||Composer (voice)|
|Albert Nobbs||Viscountess Yarrell|
|The Iron Lady||Susie|
|Incident on the Northern Line||Unnamed character||Short film|
|2016||The 12 Days of Christmas: A Tale of Avian Misery||Narrator||Animated short film|
|2017||Goodbye Christopher Robin||Mary Brown|
|2018||Careful How You Go||Unnamed character||Short film|
|Solo: A Star Wars Story||L3-37||Voice|
|2021||No Time to Die||None||Co-screenwriter|
|2023||Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny||Helena Shaw||Post-production|
|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: "#1.2"|
|Bad Education||India||Episode: "Drugs"|
|2014||Blandings||Felicity||Episode: "Custody of the Pumpkin"|
|Glue||Bee Warwick||2 episodes|
|Drifters||None||Writer in 3 episodes|
|2015||Broadchurch||Abby Thompson||8 episodes|
|Love at First Swipe||Narrator||Documentary; also called "The Secret World of Tinder"|
|2016||Crashing||Lulu||6 episodes; also creator, writer and executive producer|
|2016–2019||Fleabag||Fleabag||12 episodes; also creator, writer and executive producer|
|2018–2022||Killing Eve||None||Writer in 4 episodes, executive producer in 24 episodes|
|2019||Saturday Night Live||Herself (host)||Episode: "Phoebe Waller-Bridge/Taylor Swift"|
|2020||Run||Laurel Halliday||Actress in 3 episodes; executive producer in 7 episodes|
|His Dark Materials||Sayan Kötör (voice)||2 episodes|
|2021||Staged||Herself||Episode: "The Loo Recluse"|
|Great British Theatre||Fleabag||Episode: "Fleabag"|
|2007||Is Everyone OK?||Performer||Latitude Festival, Suffolk|||
|Crazy Love||Billie||Paines Plough|||
|2008||Twelfth Night||Viola||Sprite Productions|||
|2009||Roaring Trade||Jess||Soho Theatre, London|||
|2 May 1997||Sarah||The Bush Theatre, London|||
|Rope||Leila Arden||Almeida Theatre, London|||
|2010||Like a Fishbone||Intern||The Bush Theatre, London|||
|Tribes||Ruth||Royal Court Theatre, London|||
|2011||Hay Fever||Sorel Bliss||Noël Coward Theatre, London|||
|2012||Mydidae||Marian||Soho Theatre, London|||
|Trafalgar Studios, West End|
Soho Theatre Studio, London
|2014||The One||Jo||Soho Theatre, London|||
|Fleabag||Fleabag||Soho Theatre Main House
Daehangno Small Theatre Festival, Seoul
|2016||Soho Theatre Main House|
|2020||"Savior Complex"||Phoebe Bridgers||Director only|
|2021||"Treat People With Kindness"||Harry Styles||Performer only|
|2010||Vincent Price and the Horror of the English Blood Beast||Hillary Dwyer||BBC Radio 4|||
|2011||Money||Georgina Vesey||BBC Radio 3|||
|2012||Burns and the Bankers||Gemma Goodman||BBC Radio 4|||
|Gulliver's Travels||Lady Munodi||Episode: "The Voyage to Laputa"|||
|2013||ElvenQuest||Nigressa||Episode: "The Fat Hog"|||
|2014||Ordeal by Innocence||Hester||3 episodes|||
- Waller-Bridge, Phoebe (1 January 2013). Fleabag. London: Nick Hern Books. OCLC 894546593.
- Waller-Bridge, Phoebe (6 October 2016). Fleabag, 2nd Edition. London: Nick Hern Books.
- Waller-Bridge, Phoebe (29 August 2019). Fleabag: The Special Edition (NHB Modern Plays). London: Nick Hern Books.
- Waller-Bridge, Phoebe (12 November 2019). Fleabag: The Scriptures (Hardcover & Paperback). Sceptre.
- Waller-Bridge, Phoebe (26 November 2019). Fleabag: The Scriptures (Hardcover & Kindle). Ballantine Books.
- Waller-Bridge, Phoebe (26 November 2019). Fleabag: The Special Edition (TCG). Theatre Communications Group.
Awards and honours
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- Horton, Adrian (6 January 2020). "The full list of Golden Globes 2020 winners". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
- "No Time To Die: Phoebe Waller-Bridge Talks Her Script Revisions". 28 February 2020.
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- "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 1 June 2022.
- Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage. Debrett's Peerage Limited. 2011. p. 234.
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- Hattenstone, Simon (8 September 2018). "Phoebe Waller-Bridge: 'I have an appetite for transgressive women'". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
- "Engagements: Mr C. T. P. Woodman and Ms P. M. Waller-Bridge". The Daily Telegraph. 18 January 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
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- Burke's Peerage, Knightage and Baronetage. Vol. 2 (107th ed.). Burke's Peerage Limited. 1 December 2003. p. 1646. ISBN 978-0971196629.
- Burke's Landed Gentry. Vol. 3 (18th ed.). Burke's Peerage Limited. 1965. p. 532.
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- Tate, Gabriel (7 January 2016). "Crashing writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge talks up her new Channel 4 sitcom". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
- "5 things you didn't know about Phoebe Waller-Bridge". Vogue. 6 November 2019.
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- "Priory Post 47 – Playwright to Watch". St Augustine's Priory, Ealing. 21 August 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
- "Academic Prospectus v. 17" (PDF). DLD College London. 2015. p. 29. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
- Barnett, Laura (19 January 2014). "Phoebe Waller-Bridge: sex, laughs and a packet of Wotsits". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
- "DryWrite". Soho Theatre. Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
- Sutton-Williams, Natasha (18 February 2014). "A Day In The Life Of: DryWrite Theatre Company". Culture Calling. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
- Leszkiewicz, Anna (18 August 2016). ""I always want to go darker": Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Fleabag, slutty pizza and guinea pig murder". New Statesman. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- Billington, Michael (13 January 2009). "Roaring Trade". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- "DryWrite presents Good. Clean. Fun". Soho Theatre. September 2015. Archived from the original on 26 January 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
- "Channel 4's New Sitcom 'Crashing' - A Who's Who Of The Cast". NME. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
- Waller-Bridge, Phoebe (2013). Fleabag. London: Nick Hern Books. ISBN 978-1-84-842364-0. OCLC 894546593.
- "Pssst: One of Last Year's Most Overlooked Great Comedies Is on Netflix". GQ. 7 July 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
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- Barraclough, Leo (19 May 2016). "Amazon Acquires Comedy Series 'Fleabag' From 'Broadchurch's' Phoebe Waller-Bridge". Variety. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- Schwartz, Ryan (7 August 2016). "Transparent Season 3, High Castle Season 2, Woody Allen Comedy and Others Get Amazon Premiere Dates". TVLine.com. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
- Mitchell, Robert (25 August 2017). "'Fleabag' Set to Return to BBC, Amazon in 2019". Variety. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
- "BBC Comedy confirms BAFTA winning Fleabag will return to BBC Three in 2019". BBC. 25 August 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
- "Han Solo - Smuggler. Scoundrel. Hero. A New Star Wars Story Begins". StarWars.com. 21 February 2017. Archived from the original on 21 February 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
- "Star Wars: First picture of Han Solo film team released". BBC News. 22 February 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
- Petski, Denise (15 November 2016). "BBC America Greenlights Dark Thriller Series 'Killing Eve' From 'Fleabag' Creator". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
- Phoebe Waller-Bridge at IMDb
- Blyth, Antonia (12 January 2018). "Sandra Oh Is "Ecstatic" To Be Part Of Empowering Female-Centric Thriller 'Killing Eve'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
- Andreeva, Nellie; Fleming, Mike Jr. (6 March 2019). "'Run': HBO Gives Series Order To Comedic Thriller Starring Domhnall Gleeson & Merritt Wever From 'Fleabag' Duo & eOne". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
- Porter, Rick (15 September 2019). "Phoebe Waller-Bridge's 'Run' Ordered to Series at HBO". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
- Andreeva, Nellie (10 July 2020). "'Run' Canceled By HBO After One Season". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
- Brooks, Richard (14 April 2019). "Phoebe Waller-Bridge brought in to liven up new Bond script". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
- "James Bond film title revealed as No Time To Die". BBC. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
- "Disney delays 'Indiana Jones 5' by a year in massive scheduling update". uk.movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
- "Phoebe Waller-Bridge Leaves Amazon's 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' Series". deadline.com. Retrieved 10 September 2022.
- Goldberg, Lesley (27 January 2023). "Phoebe Waller-Bridge Prepping 'Tomb Raider' TV Series for Amazon (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 January 2023.
- Logan, Elizabeth (31 December 2017). "Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Her Husband Are Divorcing". W. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
- "Phoebe Waller-Bridge finds God and naughty glee in 'Fleabag's' second season". Los Angeles Times. 24 May 2019. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
- "Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge reveals WHY she isn't on social media". 7 August 2019.
- "Is Everyone Okay?". Daily Info. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
- "Is Everyone Ok?". nabokov. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
- Gardner, Lyn (10 November 2007). "Crazy Love, Shunt Vaults, London". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
- Hutchinson, Charles (27 June 2008). "Review: Twelfth Night, Sprite Productions, Ripley Castle, Ripley. Until July 13". The Press (York). Retrieved 3 May 2019.
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