Who is Jodie Comer?
Comer grew up in Liverpool and attended St Julie's Catholic High School. She came to the attention of her drama teacher when she entered her school talent show and performed a monologue that had previously won her first place at a local drama festival. This led to her being sent to audition for a BBC Radio 4 play, a role that became her first acting job. Others working on the play told her she could make a career out of acting and advised her to engage an agent.
Comer's television career began in 2008 when she had a part in The Royal Today, a spin-off series of The Royal. She then made appearances in Holby City, Doctors, Silent Witness, Casualty, Law & Order: UK, Vera and Inspector George Gently.
She was then cast in leading roles in the five-episode drama series Justice, the supernatural miniseries, Remember Me and the E4 comedy-drama series, My Mad Fat Diary where she appeared for three series as Chloe Gemell.
Comer appeared in the 2015 adaptation of Lady Chatterley's Lover, a television film broadcast on BBC One. In 2015, she also appeared in the BBC One drama series Doctor Foster as Kate Parks and was cast in the BBC Three miniseries, Thirteen which premiered on BBC Three on 28 February 2016. In 2016, Comer was listed as one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow in association with BFI London Film Festival.
In 2017, Comer 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 starred in her first feature film, the Morrissey biopic England is Mine, as Christine.
In April 2018, Comer began starring in Phoebe Waller-Bridge's BBC America spy thriller series Killing Eve, playing a psychopathic assassin, Villanelle, who develops a mutual fascination with her MI5 pursuer (Sandra Oh).
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 number 94 on the "Radio Times TV 100" list for 2018, a list said to be determined by television executives and broadcasting veterans. In November 2018, The Hollywood Reporter included her in their "Next Gen Talent 2018: Hollywood's Rising Young Stars" List. In December 2018, Vogue (UK) included her in their list of "The Most Influential Girls of 2018", and in February 2019 Forbes included Comer in their annual "Forbes 30 under 30" list for being in the top 30 most influential people in Europe under the age of 30.
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