Jodie Marie Comer (born 11 March 1993) is an English actress, known for her role as the assassin Villanelle in Killing Eve, for which she won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress, as well as for playing Chloe Gemell in the comedy-drama series My Mad Fat Diary and Elizabeth of York in the miniseries The White Princess.
Jodie Marie Comer
11 March 1993
|My Mad Fat Diary (2013–2015)|
The White Princess (2017)
Killing Eve (2018–present)
Comer grew up in Liverpool and attended St Julie's Catholic High School. She came to the attention of her drama teacher when she entered her school talent show and performed a monologue that had previously won her first place at a local drama festival. This led to her being sent to audition for a BBC Radio 4 play, a role that became her first acting job. Others working on the play told her she could make a career out of acting and advised her to engage an agent.
Comer's television career began in 2008 when she had a part in The Royal Today, a spin-off series of The Royal. She then made appearances in Holby City, Doctors, Silent Witness, Casualty, Law & Order: UK, Vera and Inspector George Gently. She was then cast in leading roles in the five-episode drama series Justice, the supernatural miniseries, Remember Me and the E4 comedy-drama series, My Mad Fat Diary where she appeared for three series as Chloe Gemell.
Comer appeared in the 2015 adaptation of Lady Chatterley's Lover, a television film broadcast on BBC One. In 2015, she also appeared in the BBC One drama series Doctor Foster as Kate Parks and was cast in the BBC Three miniseries, Thirteen which premiered on BBC Three on 28 February 2016. In December 2016 she appeared in BBC miniseries Rillington Place. In 2016, Comer was listed as one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow in association with BFI London Film Festival.
In 2017, Comer starred as a young Elizabeth of York in The White Princess on Starz, a sequel to the BBC miniseries The White Queen. In 2017 she also starred in her first feature film, the Morrissey biopic England is Mine, as Christine.
In April 2018, Comer began starring in Phoebe Waller-Bridge's BBC America spy thriller series Killing Eve, playing a psychopathic assassin, Villanelle, who develops a mutual fascination with her MI5 pursuer (Sandra Oh). The series had already been renewed for a second season before its premiere. Jia Tolentino wrote in The New Yorker 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". In December 2018, filming for Killing Eve season two was officially wrapped and was premiered in April 2019. Comer won British Academy Television Award for Best Actress for her role as Villanelle in May 2019, after previously being nominated in 2017 for her role as Ivy Moxam in Thirteen.
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; the episode was written by Vicky Jones.
Comer was number 94 on the "Radio Times TV 100" list for 2018, a list said to be determined by television executives and broadcasting veterans. In November 2018, The Hollywood Reporter included her in their "Next Gen Talent 2018: Hollywood's Rising Young Stars" List. In December 2018, Vogue (UK) included her in their list of "The Most Influential Girls of 2018", and in February 2019 Forbes included Comer in their annual "Forbes 30 under 30" list for being in the top 30 most influential people in Europe under the age of 30.
In December 2018 it was announced Comer had been cast in the action comedy film Free Guy opposite Ryan Reynolds, which will start filming in May 2019. In April 2019 Comer was asked about upcoming work near the end of her Happy Sad Confused podcast interview and revealed that she had been forced to pull out of Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile due to conflicts of schedule.
|2012||The Last Bite||Marcy||Short film|
|2013||In T'Vic||Holliday||Short film|
|2017||England is Mine||Christine|
|2020||Free Guy||Molotov Girl|
|2008||The Royal Today||Leanne||Episode #1.41|
|2010||Holby City||Ellie Jenkins||Episode: "Promises"|
|2010||Waterloo Road||Sarah Evans||Episode #6.3|
|2012||Doctors||Kelly Lowther||Episode: "Another Day, Another Dollar"|
|2012||Silent Witness||Eve Gliston||Episodes: "Fear: Part 1", "Fear: Part 2"|
|2012||Casualty||Maddy Eldon||Episode: "I'll See You In My Dreams"|
|2012–2013||Coming Up||Gemma / Cat Sullivan||Episodes: "Postcode Lottery", "Big Girl"|
|2013–2015||My Mad Fat Diary||Chloe Gemell||16 episodes|
|2013||Law & Order: UK||Jess Hayes||Episode: "Fatherly Love"|
|2013||Vera||Izzy Rawlins||Episode: "Young Gods"|
|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||Rillington Place||Beryl Evans||Miniseries|
|2017||The White Princess||Elizabeth of York||8 episodes|
|2018||Snatches: Moments From Women’s Lives||Linda||Short film series|
|2018–present||Killing Eve||Villanelle||Lead role|
|2010||The Price of Everything||Ruby||Stephen Joseph Theatre||Scarborough|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Year||Award||Award category||Nominated Work||Result|
|2016||I Talk Telly Awards||Best Actress in a Drama||Thirteen||Nominated|
|RadioTimes.com Reader Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|TV Choice Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2017||British Academy Television Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Royal Television Society Award||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|
|9th Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Actress in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2019||National Television Awards||Drama Performance||Nominated|
|Broadcasting Press Guild Awards||Best 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||Pending|
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- Tolentino, Jia (27 May 2018). "The Pleasurable Patterns of the Killing Eve Season Finale". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on 29 May 2018.
- Pearce, Tilly (14 December 2018). "Jodie Comer reveals Killing Eve series 2 is officially wrapped". metro.co.uk. Archived from the original on 14 December 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
- "Snatches on BBC4: eight feminist monologues that will make you laugh and cry". Radio Times. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
- Lazarus, Susanna (21 August 2018). "Olivia Colman tops Radio Times TV 100 2018: full list revealed". radiotimes.com. Archived from the original on 11 September 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
- Sandberg, Bryn (7 November 2018). "Next Ggen Talent 2018: Hollywood's Rising Young Stars Revealed". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
- Pike, Naomi (31 December 2018). "The Most Influential Girls of 2018". vogue.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2 January 2019.
- Reilly, Nick (12 February 2019). "George Ezra, Daniel Radcliffe and Jodie Comer among Forbes' 'most influential celebrities under 30'". nme.com. Archived from the original on 12 February 2019.
- Lewis, Rebecca (20 December 2018). "Killing Eve star Jodie Comer joins Ryan Reynolds for Hollywood debut". metro.co.uk. Archived from the original on 20 December 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
- Free Guy starts in May
- Happy Sad Confused podcast
- Beresford, Jack (18 September 2018). "Liam Neeson stars in emotional 'Stand Up To Cancer' campaign video". The Irish Post. Archived from the original on 19 September 2018.
- Lobb, Adrian (20 December 2018). "The nation's favourite TV assassin Jodie Comer talks 'Killing Eve' series two". The Big Issue. Archived from the original on 21 December 2018.