Villanelle possesses a cold brutality under her innocent-looking exterior. With an appetite for killing groaning in her gut, she is a living, breathing, shopping, killing psychopath. Contentedly living outside any human moral code, Villanelle kills with flare, recklessness and absolutely no conscience.
She can be adorable, playful, funny, frightening, warm, chilling, vulnerable, impenetrable… anything you want her to be. As much of a goddess as she is a devil, either way, she is extraordinary.
Villanelle had nothing before she was trained to become a purpose-built killer. Her instruction was to, without enquiry, assassinate individuals around the world, and it brought her the lifestyle she loves.
She has an impulsive side that lets her down. Her ego requires her to feel invincible and essential, and then there’s a certain kind of woman… early 40s, dark full-bodied hair, no makeup, ill-fitting clothes: Eve. In Season 1, Villanelle lets Eve get far too close. Close enough that Eve stabs her. Villanelle had become so reckless that her precariously curated existence started to unravel.
Villanelle may be a masterful assassin with her own inimitable style but now she’s injured by her obsession, Eve. Villanelle is alone, bleeding out, and hunted.
Screen International Star of Tomorrow and BAFTA nominee, Jodie Comer, is best known for her starring roles in Killing Eve, The White Princess, Thirteen and Doctor Foster.
Jodie first rose to prominence in E4’s BAFTA and International Emmy® Award-nominated British comedy-drama series My Mad Fat Diary.
Following this, Jodie took the role of a teenage care assistant in BBC One supernatural drama mini-series Remember Me opposite Michael Palin.
In 2015, Jodie was also seen in the TV movie Lady Chatterley’s Lover, an adaptation of D. H. Lawrence’s tale directed by Jed Mercurio for BBC One. Jodie starred as Ivy Bolton alongside Richard Madden, Holliday Grainger, and James Norton.
2015 also saw Jodie starring in the BBC One ratings phenomenon Doctor Foster alongside Suranne Jones and Bertie Carvel. The mini-series was written by award-winning writer Mike Bartlett and directed by Tom Vaughan. The BBC series won Best New Drama at the 2016 National Television Award, and was nominated for Mini-Series and the Radio Times Audience Award at the British Academy Television Awards 2016, as well as winning the TV Drama award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2016 and the Best New Drama award at the TV Choice Awards 2016. Jodie also starred in the second series.
In 2016, Jodie received a BAFTA TV nomination for her starring role in Thirteen, a five-part psychological drama for BBC Three about a young woman working her way back into society after being abducted. Jodie played Ivy Moxam, who escaped from a cellar that had been her prison for the last thirteen years. The series also aired on BBC AMERICA in the US.
Jodie received wide praise for her performance in Thirteen. The Telegraph commented, "Comer’s performance as the disturbed Ivy, a twitching bundle of nerves and vulnerability, was excellent” and “Jodie Comer, as Ivy, has done a superb job of imagining the unimaginable, and hers was a doubly difficult brief (...). This required Comer to act as if her character might herself be acting, a thin line that she toed impeccably throughout." Sunday Times, Culture added, “movie stardom surely awaits Comer.”
In 2016, Jodie was seen in BBC One’s Rillington Place. This gripping three-part drama was based on the real-life multiple murders undertaken by John Christie in Notting Hill in the 1940s and 50s.
Jodie is also known for taking the title role in 2017’s The White Princess, the sequel to the acclaimed historical TV drama The White Queen which averaged 4.8 million viewers per episode in the US. The White Princess is the latest instalment of Philippa Gregory’s best selling The Cousins’ War novels, chronicling the long-running War of the Roses.
2017 also saw Jodie in Mark Gill’s Morrissey Biopic England Is Mine alongside Jack Lowden and Jessica Brown Findlay.
Jodie received worldwide praise and attention for her starring role in the BBC AMERICA thriller Killing Eve, opposite Sandra Oh. Killing Eve follows Eve (Sandra Oh), a bored MI5 security officer whose desk job does not fulfil her fantasies of being a spy, and a glamourous, sociopathic Russian assassin known as Villanelle (Jodie). When Eve is tasked with tracking down Villanelle before she can strike again, the two women are thrown into a cat-and-mouse game that turns the traditional spy-thriller on its head. Alternating between darkly funny and chillingly tense, Killing Eve explores themes of obsession and sociopathy, within the confines and mundanity of the British workplace. Villanelle is handed various new assignments from her father-figure handler, which see her leading a trail of bloody and creative murders across Europe and thus stalked by MI5 investigator, Eve. The series is based on the ‘Villanelle’ series of novellas by Luke Jennings.
Jodie received rave reviews for her performance with The Hollywood Reporter commenting, “the biggest surprise is probably Comer as the Russian-originated assassin now using Paris as her home base. Comer was last seen as the shell-shocked kidnap victim in the BBC miniseries Thirteen, but turns 180 degrees here as the young assassin Villanelle...Villanelle might be the most coquettish sociopath in some time, if not ever, and Comer manages to be magnetic, weirdly funny and extremely dangerous in the same breath.” Vanity Fair added, “one of the most magnetic, roguish psychopaths in TV history,” and TVLine commended her performance, “Comer is an absolute revelation as Villanelle, in a star-making performance: seductive and terrifying, juggling multiple accents and shifting emotions on a dime.”
Jodie received several award nominations for her role in Killing Eve including a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama, National Television Award for Outstanding Drama Performance and a Gold Derby nomination in the Drama Actress category.
Last year, Jodie was also seen in the comedy short Snatches: Moments from Women’s Lives, inspired by women who have spoken out, challenged the status quo or made a stand – often at great personal cost. Jodie starred as Bovril Pam, which tells the story of a Scouse secretary on the cusp of the sexual revolution in 1961. Snatches: Moments from Women’s Lives aired on BBC Four and BBC AMERICA.
It was recently announced that Jodie will be starring in Free Guy, opposite Ryan Reynolds and Joe Keery. Written by Matt Lieberman, Free Guy centers on a background character who realizes he’s living in a video game. With the help of an avatar, he tries to prevent the makers of the game from shutting down his world. Jodie will play the avatar, whose name is Molotov Girl. In the real world, she is a mousy programmer who actually created the game but was devasted when it was taken from her.