Killing Eve

Niko Polastri

Eve’s husband Niko is strong, moral, and appreciates the simple things in life. He was born in England to Polish immigrant parents and grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. He has an aversion to violence, and can’t understand Eve’s fascination with darkness and criminality. He’s smart, wildly compassionate and though he perhaps can’t admit it to himself, prefers his wife in a boring desk job than in close proximity to danger. He always knew there was something darker living in Eve — he disliked her black humor and her fascination with assassins — but he never thought she’d slip too far down the slope… In Season 1, Niko and Eve moved from a practical, loving and close couple to two people heading for separation. Eve stops communicating and worse, she starts lying. Once the reliable, sympathetic husband, now Niko starts rethinking their relationship. And he wonders if Eve is the person he thought she was.

Played by Owen McDonnell

Originally from Galway, Owen trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Most recently, he was seen in the role of Quinn Carney in The Ferryman directed by Sam Mendes in the West End (Gielgud Theatre). Other credits include Translations (Ouroboros), Wunderkind (Calipo Theatre and Pleasance King Dome), Cruel and Tender (Hatch Theatre), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Cork Millennium/Galway co-production), Hitchcock Blonde (Royal Court), Les Liasons Dangereuses (Liverpool Playhouse), This Property is Condemned (Bewley’s Cafe Theatre), Death of a Salesman(Birmingham Rep), Antigone (Warehouse Productions), and The Chair (Cochrane Theatre). His appearances at the Abbey Theatre include: A Doll’s House, The Plough and the Stars, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, The Burial at Thebes, Big Maggie and Barbaric Comedies. He appeared in Berlin Hannover Express at the Hampstead Theatre, in The Lonesome West for Galway Town Hall/Cork Opera House, in Frank McGuinness’s Greta Garbo Came To Donegal and Marie Jones’s Stones in his Pockets, both for the Tricycle Theatre. Owen has appeared in the lead role of Jack in all four seasons of Touchpapers TV’s Single Handed for RTE/ITV. Also for Touchpaper, he appeared as Joseph in the TV film Wild Decembers on RTE. Other television credits include The Galway Races (Great Western Films for TG4), Spooks for Kudos/BBC, Mount Pleasant for Sky, Saving the Titanic for PBS and ZDF, A Year of Greater Love for Mammoth Screen, An Bronntanas for TG4 and De Facto Films, My Mother and Other Strangers for BBC, Paula also for BBC, Killing Eve for BBC AMERICA and most recently Women on the Verge for RTE. His film credits include Rewind for Carbon Films, Teacht Abhaile (also Carbon Films), Conspiracy of Silence (Little Wing Films, Made in Belfast (KGB Films)) and Swung for Boudica Films/Sigma Films.

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