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Jodie Marie Comer (born 11 March 1993) is an English actress. She is best known for her role as psychopathic Russian assassin Oksana Astankova / Villanelle in the BBC America thriller series Killing Eve (2018–present), for which she won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress, and for her roles as Chloe Gemell in the E4 comedy-drama series My Mad Fat Diary (2013) and Elizabeth of York in the Starz miniseries The White Princess (2017).

Jodie Comer
Born (1993-03-11) 11 March 1993 (age 26)
Liverpool, England
ResidenceChildwall, Liverpool, England
Years active2008–present


Early lifeEdit

Jodie Marie Comer[1] was born in Liverpool on 11 March 1993.[2][3] Her father is a sports massage therapist for Everton FC, while her mother works for Merseytravel. 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 Comer 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 get an agent.[4][5][6] While pursuing an acting career, Comer worked at a bar and at the checkout in a Tesco supermarket in West Derby.[7]


Comer's professional 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 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. 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.[4] 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.[8] In 2017, she also appeared in her first feature film, as Christine in the Morrissey biopic England is Mine.

In April 2018, Comer began starring in the BBC America spy thriller series Killing Eve, playing psychopathic Russian assassin Oksana Astankova / Villanelle, who develops a mutual fascination with her MI6-employed pursuer Eve Polastri.[9] The series had already been renewed for a second season before its premiere.[9] 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".[10] In December 2018, filming for Killing Eve season two was officially wrapped and was premiered in April 2019.[11] 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. Due to her Killing Eve character swapping seamlessly between different accents from around the world as part of her various disguises, much attention has been given to Comer's natural Liverpool accent and the surprise of viewers who hear it for the first time.[12]

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.[13] Comer was ranked No. 94 on the Radio Times "TV 100" list for 2018.[14] In November 2018, The Hollywood Reporter included her in their "Next Gen Talent 2018: Hollywood's Rising Young Stars" list.[15] In December, Vogue UK included her in their list of "The Most Influential Girls of 2018",[16] 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.[17]

In December 2018, it was announced Comer had been cast in the action comedy film Free Guy, which began filming in May 2019.[18][19] In April 2019, Comer was asked about upcoming work during 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 scheduling conflicts.[20]

Charity workEdit

Comer supports Tyred, a UK road safety campaign to outlaw old tyres on coaches.[21]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Last Bite Marcy Short film
2013 In T'Vic Holliday Short film
2017 England is Mine Christine
2020 Free Guy Molotov Girl Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Royal Today Leanne Episode #1.41
2010 Holby City Ellie Jenkins Episode: "Promises"
Waterloo Road Sarah Evans Episode #6.3
2011 Justice Sharna Mulhearne Miniseries
2012 Doctors Kelly Lowther Episode: "Another Day, Another Dollar"
Silent Witness Eve Gliston Episode: "Fear"
Good Cop Amy Miniseries
Casualty Maddy Eldon Episode: "I'll See You In My Dreams"
Coming Up Cat Sullivan Episode: "Postcode Lottery"
2013 Coming Up Gemma Episode: "Big Girl"
Law & Order: UK Jess Hayes Episode: "Fatherly Love"
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"
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
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 16 episodes


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

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
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
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 Nominated
Television Critics Association Individual Achievement in Drama Pending
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Pending
Broadcast Digital Awards Best Short-Form Drama Snatches: Moments from Women’s Lives – Bovril Pam Won


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  19. ^ Free Guy starts in May
  20. ^ Happy Sad Confused podcast
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