BBC America confirmed today that BAFTA-nominated actress Jodie Comer (The White Princess, Thirteen, Lady Chatterley’s Lover) has been cast opposite Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy, Sideways) in the network’s highly anticipated original series Killing Eve.
Produced by Sid Gentle Films Ltd, the eight-episode drama comes from Phoebe Waller-Bridge (BBC UK and Amazon’s Fleabag, UK Channel 4’s Crashing). BBC AMERICA’s Killing Eve is a dramatic thriller revolving around a psychopathic assassin and the woman charged with hunting her down. It is a combination of brutal mischief making and pathos, filled with sharp humor, originality and high stakes action. It will debut in 2018.
Sarah Barnett, BBC AMERICA President, commented, “Jodie Comer is amazing, and will capture the precise, genius psychopathy of the character Villanelle. With Sandra Oh playing her foil and Phoebe Waller-Bridge as creator, there is a boatload of brilliance fueling this new show.”
Based on the novellas by Luke Jennings, BBC AMERICA’s Killing Eve centers on two women; Eve (Oh) is a bored, whip-smart, pay-grade security services operative whose desk-bound job doesn’t fulfill her fantasies of being a spy. Villanelle (Comer) is an elegant, talented killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her. Killing Eve topples the typical spy-action thriller as these two fiercely intelligent women, equally obsessed with each other, go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse.
Jodie Comer has appeared in numerous programs including The White Princess, the recent adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, the drama series Doctor Foster, and BBC AMERICA miniseries Thirteen for which she was nominated for a Best Leading Actress BAFTA award. She is represented by Independent Talent Group and ICM.
Sandra Oh has appeared in numerous TV series and films, receiving widespread critical attention. Oh was recognized for her outstanding performance on Grey’s Anatomy with a Golden Globe, two SAG awards and five Primetime Emmy Awards nominations. Other notable television roles include American Crime and HBO’s Arli$$ for which she won a Cable Ace. Her award-winning performances in film include Sideways, Last Night and Double Happiness. She has also been featured in films such as Under the Tuscan Sun, The Princess Diaries, Dancing at the Blue Iguana and Rabbit Hole. Most recently, she starred in the cult film Catfight, and Window Horses. Recent theater credits include Office Hour at SCR, Death and the Maiden at Victory Garden theater and the public workshop of Wild Goose Dreams at the Public.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge will serve as Showrunner and Executive Producer, alongside Executive Producers Sally Woodward Gentle and Lee Morris. The series is produced by Sid Gentle Films.