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Jodie Comer on closing the chapter on ‘Villanelle’


Jodie Comer poses for a photograph. File/AFP

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In 2022, actress Jodie Comer will say goodbye to the TV role that made her a household name - Villanelle - in 'Killing Eve' and forge ahead with a promising film career and theatre debut.

The English actress Jodie Comer has played Oksana Astankova / Villanelle in the British drama spy thriller Killing Eve (2018–present), for which she has received critical acclaim and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress.


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Her major film roles include Millie Rusk / Molotov Girl in Free Guy and Marguerite de Carrouges in The Last Duel (both 2021).

As she receives Variety and the Edinburgh TV Festival's 2021 Outstanding Achievement Award, the Liverpool-born actor says she's parking her insecurities about moving from TV to film, and looking ahead to a West End debut she never thought would happen, reports

While most British actors start out in theatre before graduating to the screen sector, Comer's done it in reverse — though it wasn't for lack of trying.

"I've done a lot of theater auditions throughout the years and a lot of the feedback was often very, very positive, but it was always, 'She's not theatre trained. She hasn't gone to drama school,'" Comer tells Variety, according to IANS.

"I used to get quite defeated by that, and then I got to a point where I was like, 'The right thing will come along with a director who believes in me, and who wants to do that extra work - whatever needs to be done.'"

Comer's other roles include Chloe Gemell in the E4 comedy-drama series My Mad Fat Diary (2013–2015), Kate Parks in the BBC One drama series Doctor Foster (2015–2017), Ivy Moxam in the BBC Three drama miniseries Thirteen (2016), Elizabeth of York in the Starz historical miniseries The White Princess (2017) and Sarah in the Channel 4 television film Help (2021).


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