'Killing Eve' Star Jodie Comer Reveals She Almost Lost Her Native Liverpool Accent
As Killing Eve fans will know, Jodie Comer is very much queen of accents. French? Russian? Italian? Scottish? No problem! But in a new interview, the actress who plays formidable assassin Villanelle has revealed that she considered trying to shed her native Liverpool accent in a bid to boost her career.
She told the Radio Times: "When I was much younger, when I was with another agency and really young, I don’t know where I got it from, but I thought 'I have to lose my accent.'"
However, after working with Line of Duty actor Stephen Graham – who also hails from Liverpool – on the 2012 BBC miniseries Good Cop, she was (thankfully) persuaded not to bother.
She recalled: "He was like, 'Don’t you dare lose your accent!' And I didn’t. Maybe it’s just this idea of being working class from the North West [of England], you don’t hear those voices all the time on television."
Check out Comer discussing her gift for mimicking different accents on The Graham Norton Show.
Just don't expect Comer to show off her native Liverpool – or "Scouse" – accent on Killing Eve any time soon. During a recent virtual conversation with BAFTA, in which she appeared alongside her co-stars Sandra Oh and Fiona Shaw, plus season three showrunner Suzanne Heathcote, Comer revealed that she disliked a scene in which she spoke in a native accent.
"I asked them to take it out because it seemed too gimmicky for me," she said. "I was like, 'We know she does accents but Scouse feels too much like a wink to the camera.'"
Which is your favorite of Jodie Comer's many accents?