Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge (born 14 July 1985) is an English actress, playwright, producer, and writer. She created, wrote, and starred in the Channel 4 sitcom Crashing (2016) and the BBC comedy-drama series Fleabag (2016–2019). She was also the showrunner, writer, and producer for the first season of the BBC America thriller series Killing Eve (2018–present).
Waller-Bridge promoting Solo: A Star Wars Story in 2018
Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge
14 July 1985
|Residence||Kensal Rise, London, England|
(m. 2014; div. 2018)
For Fleabag, she received the British Academy Television Award for Best Female Comedy Performance, as well as three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Comedy Series.
Waller-Bridge starred in the comedy series The Café (2011–2013) and the crime drama series Broadchurch (2015). She also appeared in such films as Albert Nobbs (2011), The Iron Lady (2011), and Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017), and voiced the droid L3-37 in the Star Wars anthology prequel Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). She co-wrote the screenplay for the 25th James Bond film, titled No Time to Die (2020).
Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge was born in West London, the daughter of Theresa Mary (née Clerke) and Michael Cyprian Waller-Bridge. Her father founded the electronic trading platform Tradepoint, while her mother works for the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers. The Waller-Bridge family were landed gentry of Cuckfield, Sussex. On her father's side, she is also a descendant of The Rev. Sir Egerton Leigh, 2nd Baronet, Conservative MP for Mid Cheshire from 1873 to his death in 1876. Her maternal grandfather was Sir John Edward Longueville Clerke, 12th baronet, of Hitcham, Buckinghamshire. Waller-Bridge grew up in Ealing, London, and has a younger brother named Jasper, a music manager, and an older sister named Isobel, a composer who would later write the music for Fleabag. 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 Marylebone, London. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
In 2009, Waller-Bridge made her acting debut in the play Roaring Trade at Soho Theatre. In 2013, Waller-Bridge appeared in one episode of Bad Education as "India". She appeared in the second series of drama Broadchurch in 2015.
In addition to acting, Waller-Bridge is a playwright. Her work includes the series of plays Good. Clean. Fun. and Fleabag. In 2016, Waller-Bridge wrote and starred in the 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. 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.
Waller-Bridge wrote and produced the thriller television series Killing Eve based on novels by Luke Jennings. The BBC America series stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer and premiered in April 2018. 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. Waller-Bridge will also feature in the series with a recurring role as the character Flick.
Waller-Bridge lives in Kensal Rise, London. She married Irish presenter and documentary filmmaker Conor Woodman in 2014. By 2017, the couple had separated and filed for divorce, which was finalised in 2018. Since early 2018, Waller-Bridge has been in a relationship with English-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh.
|2009||The Reward||Charlotte||Short film|
|2011||Beautiful Enough||Composer (voice)||Short film|
|Albert Nobbs||Viscountess Yarrell|
|The Iron Lady||Susie|
|2017||Goodbye Christopher Robin||Mary Brown|
|2018||Solo: A Star Wars Story||L3-37|
|2020||No Time to Die||N/A||Co-writer|
|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"|
|2014||Glue||Bee Warwick||2 episodes|
|2016–2019||Fleabag||Fleabag||Creator, executive producer, writer|
|2018–present||Killing Eve||N/A||Creator, executive producer, writer|
Co-creator, executive producer, writer
|2005||The School for Scandal||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|Imperceptible Mutabilities of the Third Kingdom|
|A Dance of the Forests|
|2006||The Life of Timon of Athens|
|2007||Is Everyone OK?||Latitude Festival|
|Crazy Love||Billie||Paines Plough|
|2008||Twelfth Night||Viola||Sprite Productions|
|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|
|2012||Mydidae||Marian||Soho Theatre, Trafalgar Studios|
|2013–2019||Fleabag||Fleabag||Underbelly, Cowgate, Salisbury Playhouse, SoHo Playhouse, Wyndham's Theatre|
|2014||The One||Jo||Soho Theatre|
Works and publicationsEdit
|Year||Award||Award category||Nominated work||Result|
|2013||Stage Award for Acting Excellence||Best Solo Performer||Fleabag||Won|
|Evening Standard Award||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||Nominated|
|Royal Television Society Award||Breakthrough Star||Won|
|Writer – Comedy||Won|
|BAFTA TV Craft Award||Best Writer – Comedy||Nominated|
|Breakthrough Talent Award||Crashing||Nominated|
|BAFTA TV Award||Best Female Performance in a Comedy||Won|
|Gold Derby Award||Best Comedy Actress||Nominated|
|Best Breakthrough Performer of the Year||Nominated|
|TCA Award||Individual Achievement in Comedy||Nominated|
|Gotham Award||Breakthrough Series – Long Form||Nominated|
|2018||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series||Killing Eve||Nominated|
|Gotham Award||Breakthrough Series – Long Form||Won|
|2019||BAFTA TV Craft Award||Best Writing||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Solo Performance||Fleabag||Nominated|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
|TCA Award||Individual Achievement in Comedy||Won|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Won|
|Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series||Won|
|Outstanding Comedy Series||Won|
|Outstanding Drama Series||Killing Eve||Nominated|
|Gold Derby Award||Best Drama Series||Nominated|
|Best Comedy Series||Fleabag||Won|
|Best Comedy Actress||Won|
|Best Comedy Episode of the Year ("Episode 2.1")||Won|
|Best Comedy Episode of the Year ("Episode 2.6")||Nominated|
|Performer of the Year||Won|
- Turchiano, Danielle; Turchiano, Danielle (23 September 2019). "Emmys Surprise: Phoebe Waller-Bridge Wins Lead Actress in a Comedy". Variety. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
- 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.
- "Person Page: Phoebe M. Waller-Bridge". The Peerage.
- Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh, ed. (1976). Burke's Family Index. Burke's Peerage Limited. p. 18. ISBN 978-0850110227.
- Townend, Peter, ed. (1972). Burke's Landed Gentry. 3 (18th ed.). Burke's Peerage Limited. p. 532.
- Burke's Peerage, Knightage and Baronetage. 2 (107th ed.). Burke's Peerage Limited. 1 December 2003. p. 1646. ISBN 978-0971196629.
- Burke's Landed Gentry. 3 (18th ed.). Burke's Peerage Limited. 1965. p. 532.
- Burke's Peerage, Knightage and Baronetage. 1 (107th ed.). Burke's Peerage Limited. 1 December 2003. p. 819. ISBN 978-0971196629.
- Bromwich, Kathryn (4 September 2016). "On my radar: Phoebe Waller-Bridge's cultural highlights". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- Tate, Gabriel (7 January 2016). "Crashing writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge talks up her new Channel 4 sitcom". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
- "Person Page - 22754: William Francis Talbot Clerke (descendants)". The Peerage. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
- Freer, Alan G. "Conqueror13". The Descendants of William the Conqueror. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
- 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.
- "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. 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.
- 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.
- "DryWrite and Soho Theatre present Fleabag". Soho Theatre. May 2015. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- Waller-Bridge, Phoebe (2013). Fleabag. London: Nick Hern Books. ISBN 978-1-84-842364-0. OCLC 894546593.
- 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.
- "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.
- Dietrich, Paul (20 February 2014). "Fleabag's Vicky Jones and Phoebe Waller-Bridge: The One explores cruelty in love". Metro. Retrieved 19 January 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.
- "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.
- 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 Jr., Mike (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". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
- 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.
- Logan, Elizabeth (31 December 2017). "Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Her Husband Are Divorcing". W. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
- 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.
- Marshall, Charlotte (14 February 2012). "Introducing... Phoebe Waller-Bridge". Official London Theatre. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
- Lee, Veronica (9 August 2013). "Horn star: Phoebe Waller-Bridge on her one-woman show Fleabag". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
- Bowie-Sell, Daisy (8 March 2013). "Mydidae, Trafalgar Studios, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
- "Fleabag review". Time Out. Time Out London. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
- "A DryWrite and Soho Theatre Production: Fleabag". Salisbury Playhouse. February 2015. Archived from the original on 13 February 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
- "Fleabag: A New Play". Fleabag NYC. February 2019. Archived from the original on 20 February 2019. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
- "Fleabag @ Wyndham's Theatre - Soho Theatre". Fleabag NYC. May 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
- "Soho Theatre present Fleabag". Soho Theatre. February 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- Gill, James (7 March 2017). "Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Nadiya Hussain go head-to-head as 2017 Royal Television Society Awards nominations revealed". Radio Times. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
- Phoebe Waller-Bridge wins Female Performance in a Comedy — BAFTA TV Awards 2017. YouTube. BAFTA. 14 May 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
- "BAFTA Television 2019: Winners of the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards + British Academy Television Craft Awards". BAFTA.org. 13 May 2019. Retrieved 13 May 2019.