Phoebe Waller-Bridge

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Born Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge
(1985-07-14) 14 July 1985 (age 32)
London, England
Nationality British
Other names Flea
Education St Augustine's Priory
DLD College London
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actress
Years active 2009-present
Notable work Fleabag, Crashing
Spouse(s) Conor Woodman

Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge (born 14 July 1985)[1] is an English actress, writer, playwright, and director.[2]

Early life[edit]

Waller-Bridge was born in West London, the daughter of Michael Waller-Bridge and Teresa Waller-Bridge (née Clerke).[3] She grew up in Ealing in West London,[4][5] 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 did the music for Fleabag.[6][7] Her parents are divorced.[8]


Waller-Bridge was educated at St Augustine's Priory, a Catholic independent school for girls in the London Borough of Ealing,[9] followed by the independent sixth form college DLD College London in Marylebone, London.[10] Previously accepted at Trinity College, Dublin, where she planned on studying English,[8] Waller-Bridge graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.[11]


In 2009, Waller-Bridge made her acting debut in the play Roaring Trade at Soho Theatre.[12]. Waller-Bridge appeared in the second season of drama Broadchurch. In addition to acting, Waller-Bridge is a playwright. Her work includes the series of plays Good. Clean. Fun.,[13] and Fleabag.[14][15]. In 2013, Waller-Bridge starred in one episode of Bad Education as "India". In 2016, Waller-Bridge wrote and starred in two sitcoms, Channel 4's Crashing and BBC Three's adaptation of Fleabag.

Following its initial release on BBC Three, Fleabag was broadcast on BBC Two starting in August 2016. It was picked up by the on-demand Amazon Video service and premiered in the United States in September 2016.[16][17]. Waller-Bridge is the co-artistic director, with Vicky Jones, of DryWrite Theatre Company.[18][19][20] The two met and became friends while working on a theatre productions.[21]. In early 2017, it was announced that Waller-Bridge will appear in the Star Wars film Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).[22][23]. In August, 2017, Waller-Bridge and BBC announced that a second season of Fleabag would return in 2019.[24][25]

In 2016, it was announced that Waller-Bridge would write and produce a drama television series called Killing Eve based on novels by Luke Jennings.[26] The BBC America series will star Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, and is due to air early 2018.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Waller-Bridge lives in Kensal Rise, London, with her husband, Conor Woodman, a presenter and documentary filmmaker.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Reward Charlotte Short film
2011 Beautiful Enough Composer (voice) Short film
2011 Albert Nobbs Viscountess Yarrell
2011 Meconium Lorna Short film
2011 The Iron Lady Susie
2015 Man Up Katie
2017 Goodbye Christopher Robin Mary Brown
2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story L3-37 Post-production


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"
2013 London Irish Steph 1 episode
2013 Bad Education India Episode: "Drugs"
2013 The Revengers Emma
2014 Glue Bee Warwick 2 episodes
2014 Drifters Wrote 2 episodes
2015 Broadchurch Abby 8 episodes
2015 Flack Eve Television film
2016 Crashing Lulu Also writer and creator
6 episodes
2016–present Fleabag Fleabag Also writer and creator
6 episodes
British Academy Television Award for Best Female Comedy Performance
Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Writer
Royal Television Society Award for Breakthrough
Royal Television Society Award for Best Writing – Comedy
Nominated–Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominated–British Academy Television Award for Best Writer – Comedy
Nominated–British Academy Television Award for Breakthrough Talent Award
Nominated–TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
2018 Killing Eve Writer and creator


  • 2009: Roaring Trade, Soho Theatre
  • 2009: 2nd May 1997, The Bush Theatre
  • 2009: Rope, Almeida Theatre
  • 2010: Like A Fishbone, The Bush Theatre
  • 2010: Tribes, Royal Court Theatre
  • 2011: Hay Fever, Noël Coward Theatre[2][28]
  • 2012: Mydidae, Soho Theatre/Trafalgar Studios[29]
  • 2013: Fleabag, Underbelly, Cowgate[30]
  • 2014: The One, Soho Theatre[31]
  • 2015: Fleabag, The Salisbury Playhouse[32]
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
  • 2005: The School for Scandal
  • 2005: Imperceptible Mutabilities of the Third Kingdom
  • 2005: A Dance of the Forests
  • 2006: The Life of Timon of Athens
  • 2007: Is Everyone OK? Latitude Festival
  • 2007: Crazy Love, Paines Plough
  • 2008: Twelfth Night, Sprite Productions


Works and publications[edit]


  1. ^ "Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge - England and Wales Birth Registration Index". FamilySearch. 1985. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Marshall, Charlotte (14 February 2012). "Introducing... Phoebe Waller-Bridge". Official London Theatre. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Engagements: Mr C.T.P. Woodman and Ms P.M. Waller-Bridge". The Daily Telegraph. 18 January 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  4. ^ Bromwich, Kathryn (4 September 2016). "On my radar: Phoebe Waller-Bridge's cultural highlights". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Tate, Gabriel (7 January 2016). "Crashing writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge talks up her new Channel 4 sitcom". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Person Page - 22754: William Francis Talbot Clerke (descendants)". The Peerage. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  7. ^ Freer A.C.I.B., Alan G. "Conqueror13". The Descendants of William the Conqueror. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Day, Elizabeth (7 July 2016). "Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge on female anger, emotional honesty -and fancying Barack Obama". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Priory Post 47 – Playwright to Watch". St Augustine's Priory, Ealing. 21 August 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "Academic Prospectus v. 17" (PDF). DLD College London. 2015. p. 29. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  11. ^ Barnett, Laura (19 January 2014). "Phoebe Waller-Bridge: sex, laughs and a packet of Wotsits". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  12. ^ Billington, Michael (13 January 2009). "Roaring Trade". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "DryWrite presents Good. Clean. Fun". Soho Theatre. September 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  14. ^ "DryWrite and Soho Theatre present Fleabag". Soho Theatre. May 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  15. ^ Waller-Bridge, Phoebe (2013). Fleabag. London: Nick Hern Books. ISBN 978-1-84-842364-0. OCLC 894546593. 
  16. ^ Barraclough, Leo (19 May 2016). "Amazon Acquires Comedy Series 'Fleabag' From 'Broadchurch's' Phoebe Waller-Bridge". Variety. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  17. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (7 August 2016). "Transparent Season 3, High Castle Season 2, Woody Allen Comedy and Others Get Amazon Premiere Dates". 
  18. ^ "DryWrite". Soho Theatre. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  19. ^ Sutton-Williams, Natasha (18 February 2014). "A Day In The Life Of: DryWrite Theatre Company". London Calling. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  20. ^ Dietrich, Paul (20 February 2014). "Fleabag's Vicky Jones and Phoebe Waller-Bridge: The One explores cruelty in love". Metro. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ "Han Solo - Smuggler. Scoundrel. Hero. A New Star Wars Story Begins". 21 February 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  23. ^ "Star Wars: First picture of Han Solo film team released". BBC News. 22 February 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  24. ^ Mitchell, Robert (25 August 2017). "'Fleabag' Set to Return to BBC, Amazon in 2019". Variety. Retrieved 25 August 2017. 
  25. ^ "BBC - BBC Comedy confirms Bafta winning Fleabag will return to BBC Three in 2019 - Media Centre". BBC. 25 August 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2017. 
  26. ^ Petski, Denise (15 November 2016). "BBC America Greenlights Dark Thriller Series 'Killing Eve' From 'Fleabag' Creator". Deadline. Retrieved 27 January 2018. 
  27. ^ Blyth, Antonia (12 January 2018). "Sandra Oh Is "Ecstatic" To Be Part Of Empowering Female-Centric Thriller 'Killing Eve'". Deadline. Retrieved 27 January 2018. 
  28. ^ Lee, Veronica (9 August 2013). "Horn star: Phoebe Waller-Bridge on her one-woman show Fleabag". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  29. ^ Bowie-Sell, Daisy (8 March 2013). "Mydidae, Trafalgar Studios, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  30. ^ "Fleabag review". Time Out. Time Out Group Plc. Retrieved 4 August 2017. 
  31. ^ "Soho Theatre present Fleabag". Soho Theatre. February 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  32. ^ "A DryWrite and Soho Theatre Production: Fleabag". Salisbury Playhouse. February 2015. Archived from the original on 13 February 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  33. ^ "Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Nadiya Hussain go head-to-head as 2017 Royal Television Society Awards nominations revealed". Radio Times. 7 March 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  34. ^ Phoebe Waller-Bridge wins Female Performance in a Comedy — BAFTA TV Awards 2017. BAFTA. 14 May 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 

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