Jodie Marie Comer
11 March 1993
Jodie Marie Comer (born 11 March 1993) is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Russian assassin Oksana Astankova / Villanelle in the BBC thriller series Killing Eve (2018–present), for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2019. Her other notable roles include Chloe Gemell in the E4 comedy-drama series My Mad Fat Diary (2013–2015), Ivy Moxam in the BBC Three drama miniseries Thirteen (2016), and Elizabeth of York in the Starz historical miniseries The White Princess (2017).
Jodie Marie Comer was born in Liverpool on 11 March 1993. After being expelled from a dance group by her friends at St. Julie's due to being unable to attend rehearsals for the school talent show during a family holiday, she instead performed a monologue for the show; this brought her to the attention of her drama teacher, who then sent her to audition for a BBC Radio 4 play, which became her first acting job. Her co-stars in the play told her that she could make a career out of acting and advised her to get an agent. While pursuing an acting career, she took jobs such as collecting glasses in a bar and working at the checkout in a Tesco supermarket.
Comer's professional career began in 2008 with a guest role on an episode of The Royal Today, a spin-off series of the medical drama series The Royal. She then made appearances in series such as Waterloo Road, 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. That same year, she appeared as Kate Parks in the BBC One drama series Doctor Foster and was cast in her first starring role as Ivy Moxam in the BBC Three miniseries Thirteen, which premiered in February 2016 and earned her a nomination for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress. In December 2016, she appeared in the BBC miniseries Rillington Place. In 2016, Comer was listed as one of Screen International's "Stars of Tomorrow" in association with the BFI London Film Festival. In 2017, she 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 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 as Oksana Astankova / Villanelle, a psychopathic Russian assassin who develops a mutual obsession with Eve Polastri, the MI6 agent tasked with pursuing her. The series had already been renewed for a fourth season. 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". The second season of Killing Eve premiered in April 2019. Comer won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role. Due to her character swapping between multiple 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.
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. Comer was ranked No. 94 on the Radio Times "TV 100" list for 2018. In November 2018, The Hollywood Reporter included her in their "Next Gen Talent 2018: Hollywood's Rising Young Stars" list. In December 2018, it was announced Comer had been cast in the action comedy film Free Guy, which began filming in May 2019. 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.
A few days after her Emmy win, it was announced that Comer would be the face of the Loewe spring/summer 2020 fashion campaign, which saw her star in a short film for the brand that consisted of her repeating the brand's name with different emotions.
In December 2018, Vogue UK included her in their list of "The Most Influential Girls of 2018", 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.
Comer is a supporter of Tyred, a Liverpool-based road safety charity which campaigns to outlaw dangerous old tyres on coaches.
|2012||The Last Bite||Marcy||Short film|
|2013||In T'Vic||Holliday||Short film|
|2017||England is Mine||Christine|
|2019||Either Way||Herself||Short film for Loewe|
|2019||Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker||Rey's Mother||Cameo|
|2020||Free Guy||Milly / Molotov Girl||Post-production|
|2020||The Last Duel||Marguerite de Carrouges||Filming|
|2008||The Royal Today||Leanne||Episode #1.41|
|2010||Holby City||Ellie Jenkins||Episode: "Promises"|
|2010||Waterloo Road||Sarah Evans||Series 6 Episode 3|
|2012||Doctors||Kelly Lowther||Episode: "Another Day, Another Dollar"|
|2012||Silent Witness||Eve Gliston||Episode: "Fear"|
|2012||Casualty||Maddy Eldon||Episode: "I'll See You In My Dreams"|
|2012||Coming Up||Cat Sullivan||Episode: "Postcode Lottery"|
|2013||Coming Up||Gemma||Episode: "Big Girl"|
|2013||Law & Order: UK||Jess Hayes||Episode: "Fatherly Love"|
|2013||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"|
|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||Episode: "Bovril Pam"|
|2018–present||Killing Eve||Oksana Astankova / Villanelle||Lead role|
|2010||The Price of Everything||Ruby||Stephen Joseph Theatre|
Awards and nominations
|2016||I Talk Telly Awards||Best Actress in a Drama||Thirteen||Nominated|
|RadioTimes.com Reader Awards||Best Actress||Thirteen||Nominated|
|TV Choice Awards||Best Actress||Thirteen||Nominated|
|2017||British Academy Television Awards||Best Actress||Thirteen||Nominated|
|Royal Television Society Awards||Best Actor (Female)||Thirteen||Nominated|
|2018||Dorian Awards||TV Performance of the Year – Actress||Killing Eve||Nominated|
|Female First Awards 2018||Television Actress of the Year||Killing Eve||Won|
|Gold Derby Awards||Drama Actress||Killing Eve||Nominated|
|I Talk Telly Awards||Best Dramatic Performance||Killing Eve||Nominated|
|Marie Claire Future Shaper Awards||Acting High Flyer||Killing Eve||Won|
|Television Critics Association||Individual Achievement in Drama||Killing Eve||Nominated|
|2019||National Television Awards||Drama Performance||Killing Eve||Nominated|
|Broadcasting Press Guild Awards||Best Actress||Killing Eve||Won|
|9th Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Actress in a Drama Series||Killing Eve||Nominated|
|Gold Derby Awards||Drama Actress||Killing Eve||Won|
|Royal Television Society Award||Best Actor (Female)||Killing Eve||Won|
|Stylist Remarkable Women Awards||Best Entertainer||Killing Eve||Won|
|British Academy Television Awards||Best Actress||Killing Eve||Won|
|MTV Movie & TV Awards||Best Villain||Killing Eve||Nominated|
|Television Critics Association||Individual Achievement in Drama||Killing Eve||Nominated|
|TV Choice Awards||Best Actress||Killing Eve||Won|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||Killing Eve||Won|
|Broadcast Digital Awards||Best Short-Form Drama||Snatches: Moments from Women's Lives||Won|
|2020||Critics Choice Awards||Best Actress in a Drama Series||Killing Eve||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Killing Eve||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Actress – Drama Series||Killing Eve||Nominated|
|Screen Actor Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series||Killing Eve||Nominated|
|National Television Awards||Drama Performance||Killing Eve||Nominated|
|NME Awards||Best TV Actor||Killing Eve||Nominated|
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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.
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- Rebecca Koncienzcy (13 December 2018). "Fans can't believe star of hit American TV show is from Liverpool". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
- "Snatches on BBC4: eight feminist monologues that will make you laugh and cry". Radio Times. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
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- Team, ELLE Fashion (24 September 2019). "Jodie Comer Stars In Loewe's New Campaign Video And It's Brilliantly Bonkers". ELLE. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
- Petrakovitz, Caitlin; Keane, Sean (20 December 2019). "Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker cameos and new characters explained". CNET. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
- Pike, Naomi (31 December 2018). "The Most Influential Girls of 2018". British Vogue. 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.
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- THR Staff (8 December 2019). "Critics' Choice Awards: 'The Irishman' Leads With 14 Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 9 December 2019.
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- "NME Awards 2020: Winners". NME. Retrieved 15 February 2020.