KILLING EVE JODIE EX­CLU­SIVE I only started act­ing af­ter axe from girl­band

The People - - News Features - By Ja­nine Yaqoob TV ED­I­TOR

POP’S loss was drama’s gain when Jodie Comer be­came Killing Eve’s play­ful but pet­ri­fy­ing as­sas­sin.

The in­no­cent-look­ing star has been mes­meris­ing as chill­ingly non­cha­lant killer Vil­lanelle.

But she has her school­mates to thank for her act­ing ca­reer.

Jodie, 25, was in a girl­band at 12 and was sup­posed to do a dance at the school ta­lent show. But when she was on hol­i­day and missed re­hearsals the oth­ers sacked her.

The Liver­pool-born young­ster was dis­traught but her mum per­suaded her to do a dra­matic mono­logue in­stead. At 13 she won a Liver­pool drama fes­ti­val for recit­ing a mono­logue about the Hills­bor­ough dis­as­ter. A few months later she landed a part in a Ra­dio 4 drama.

She said: “An ac­tress kindly in­tro­duced me to her agent and now I am here. So I’m al­ways like, ‘Mum, imagine if they didn’t leave me out of the group. What at would I be do­ing?’”

She ap­peared in the BBC’S BC’S 2015 drama Doc­tor Fos­ter and last year op­po­site San­dra Oh in Killing ling Eve.

San­dra won a Golden Globe on Sun­day for play­ing Eve, and nd Jodie is up for a Na­tional Tele­vi­sion evi­sion Award gong on Jan­uary 22.

She said: “It’s amaz­ing to be a part of some­thing that has s res­onated so much and peo­ple e have en­joyed. It’s lovely.”

Jodie di­vides her time be­tween Lon­don and Mersey­side and ad­mits it has been a real chal­lenge get­ting ting used to sud­den fame.

She said: “On my first rst pho­to­shoot I was rigid with fear. I didn’t know what to do. It’s a whole other her world to me.”

But as of­fers roll in she he in­sists it will not go to o her head. She said: “If f

I ever did get too big for my boots my mum, dad and brother would tell me.”

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