Doctor Foster star Jodie Comer plays a ruthless assassin in a new spy thriller…
This eight-part thriller follows an intelligence officer hunting for a charming, cold-blooded assassin. Grey’s Anatomy star Sandra Oh plays MI5 officer Eve who is sent on an espionage mission to track down fearsome Russian assassin Villanelle, played by
Doctor Foster star Jodie Comer. It soon turns into a dangerous cat-andmouse game. Other stars include Fiona Shaw, David Haig, Darren
Boyd and Sean Delaney.
Jodie Comer became a household name as ‘other woman’ Kate Parks in BBC1’s acclaimed drama Doctor Foster. But her new role couldn’t be more different, as she plays a fearsome Russian assassin in the eight-part spy thriller Killing Eve.
The drama, which has many darkly funny moments, is centred on MI5 officer Eve Polastri (played by Grey’s Anatomy actress Sandra Oh), who finds herself on the trail of a ruthless killer code-named Villanelle, depicted by Jodie.
‘Playing an assassin was such fun,’ says Jodie. ‘Villanelle is a free spirit. She does what she wants and there are not many consequences for her – and if there were, she wouldn’t care anyway. I found myself doing lots of outrageous things and getting away with it. I can be quite a selfconscious person, but Villanelle simply doesn’t have an ounce of that!’
As the series begins,
Eve is bored in her desk job at MI5, when news comes of a string of highprofile murders across Europe.
After learning from the latest victim’s girlfriend that the killer is a woman, Eve is hell-bent on catching Villanelle, and what starts to play out is a dangerous kill-or-be-killed cat-and-mouse game between the two women.
‘Villanelle and Eve become obsessed and there’s an infatuation, a curiosity and a respect there,’ says Jodie. ‘There’s something that one of them has that the other is missing, and vice versa.
Just what that is, they’re desperately trying to figure out.’
The drama, which also stars Fiona Shaw, has been a huge hit in the US, not least due to its strong female presence.
‘The characters don’t apologise for anything,’ says Jodie. ‘I’ve been very lucky in that my past four jobs have all been written by women or the women have been the lead protagonists. I’m proud I’ve had that experience.’
After episode one has aired on BBC1, all eight episodes of Killing Eve will be available as a box set on BBC iPlayer
Chase… Can assassin Villanelle evade capture?Inset: MI5 agent Eve
What’s on I spy… Harry Potter actress Fiona Shawplays Eve’s boss Cat and mouse…Adversaries Eve (inset) and Villanelle