Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge (born 14 July 1985) is an English actress, producer, and writer. She created, wrote, and starred in the Channel 4 sitcom Crashing (2016) and the BBC comedy-drama series Fleabag (2016–2019). She was also the showrunner and executive producer for the first series of the BBC America thriller series Killing Eve (2018–present).
Waller-Bridge promoting Solo: A Star Wars Story in 2018
Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge
14 July 1985
West London, England
|Residence||Kensal Rise, London, England|
(m. 2014; div. 2018)
|Relatives||Isobel Waller-Bridge (sister)|
For Fleabag, she received the British Academy Television Award for Best Female Comedy Performance, as well as three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Comedy Series. Both Fleabag and Killing Eve have been named among the greatest television series of the 21st century by The Guardian.
Waller-Bridge starred in the comedy series The Café (2011–2013) and the crime drama series Broadchurch (2015). She also appeared in films, including Albert Nobbs (2011), The Iron Lady (2011), and Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017), and played the droid L3-37 in the Star Wars anthology prequel Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). She co-wrote the screenplay for the 25th James Bond film, titled No Time to Die (2020).
Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge was born on 14 July 1985, in West London, the daughter of Theresa Mary (née Clerke) and Michael Cyprian Waller-Bridge. Her father founded the electronic trading platform Tradepoint, while her mother works for the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers. The Waller-Bridge family were landed gentry of Cuckfield, Sussex. On her father's side, she is also a descendant of The Rev. Sir Egerton Leigh, 2nd Baronet, Conservative MP for Mid Cheshire from 1873 to his death in 1876. Her maternal grandfather was Sir John Edward Longueville Clerke, 12th baronet, of Hitcham, Buckinghamshire. Waller-Bridge grew up in Ealing, London, and has a younger brother named Jasper, a music manager, and an older sister named Isobel Waller-Bridge, a composer who wrote the music for Fleabag. Her parents are divorced. She was educated at St Augustine's Priory, a Catholic independent school for girls, followed by the independent sixth form college DLD College London in Marylebone, London. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
In 2009, Waller-Bridge made her acting debut in the play Roaring Trade at Soho Theatre. In 2013, Waller-Bridge appeared in one episode of Bad Education as "India". She appeared in the second series of drama Broadchurch in 2015.
In addition to acting, Waller-Bridge is a playwright. Her work includes the series of plays Good. Clean. Fun. In 2016, Waller-Bridge wrote and starred in the Channel 4 sitcom Crashing and BBC Three's adaptation of Fleabag.
After its initial release on BBC Three, Fleabag was broadcast on BBC Two from August 2016. It was picked up by the on-demand Amazon Video service and premiered in the United States in September 2016. For her performance in the series she won the British Academy Television Award for Best Female Comedy Performance and was nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. Fleabag's second and final series aired in 2019.
Waller-Bridge is the co-artistic director, with Vicky Jones, of DryWrite Theatre Company. The two met and became friends while working on theatre productions.
Waller-Bridge wrote and produced the thriller television series Killing Eve based on novels by Luke Jennings. The BBC America series stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer and premiered in April 2018. For her work on the script, she received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
In March 2019, HBO ordered the series Run, which is created by Waller-Bridge and Vicky Jones and will star Domhnall Gleeson and Merritt Wever in lead roles. Waller-Bridge will also feature in the series with a recurring role as the character Flick.
Waller-Bridge lives in Kensal Rise, London. She married Irish presenter and documentary filmmaker Conor Woodman in 2014. By 2017, the couple had separated and filed for divorce, which was finalised in 2018. Since early 2018, Waller-Bridge has been in a relationship with English-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh.
|2009||The Reward||Charlotte||Short film|
|2011||Beautiful Enough||Composer (voice)||Short film|
|2011||Albert Nobbs||Viscountess Yarrell|
|2011||The Iron Lady||Susie|
|2017||Goodbye Christopher Robin||Mary Brown|
|2018||Solo: A Star Wars Story||L3-37|
|2009||Doctors||Katie Burbridge||Episode: "Chef's Secret"|
|2010||How Not to Live Your Life||Felicity||Episode: "Don's Posh Weekend"|
|2011||The Night Watch||Lauren||Television film|
|2011–2013||The Café||Chloe Astill||13 episodes|
|2013||Coming Up||Karen||Episode: "Henry"|
|2013||London Irish||Steph||Episode: "Episode 2"|
|2013||Bad Education||India||Episode: "Drugs"|
|2014||Glue||Bee Warwick||2 episodes|
|2016||Crashing||Lulu||Creator, writer; 6 episodes|
|2016–2019||Fleabag||Fleabag||Creator, executive producer, writer; 12 episodes|
|2019||Saturday Night Live||Herself (host)||Episode: "Phoebe Waller-Bridge/Taylor Swift"|
|TBA||Run||Flick||Upcoming; Executive producer|
|2005||The School for Scandal||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|2005||Imperceptible Mutabilities of the Third Kingdom||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|2005||A Dance of the Forests||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|2006||The Life of Timon of Athens||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|2007||Is Everyone OK?||Latitude Festival|
|2007||Crazy Love||Billie||Paines Plough|
|2008||Twelfth Night||Viola||Sprite Productions|
|2009||Roaring Trade||Jess||Soho Theatre|
|2009||2 May 1997||Sarah||The Bush Theatre|
|2009||Rope||Leila Arden||Almeida Theatre|
|2010||Like A Fishbone||Intern||The Bush Theatre|
|2010||Tribes||Ruth||Royal Court Theatre|
|2011||Hay Fever||Sorel Bliss||Noël Coward Theatre|
|2012||Mydidae||Marian||Soho Theatre, Trafalgar Studios|
|2013–2019||Fleabag||Fleabag||Underbelly, Cowgate, Salisbury Playhouse, SoHo Playhouse, Wyndham's Theatre|
|2014||The One||Jo||Soho Theatre|
Works and publications
|Year||Award||Award category||Nominated work||Result|
|2013||Stage Award for Acting Excellence||Best Solo Performer||Fleabag||Won|
|2013||Evening Standard Award||Most Promising Playwright||Fleabag||Nominated|
|2014||Critics' Circle Theatre Award||Most Promising Playwright||Fleabag||Won|
|2014||Laurence Olivier Award||Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre||Fleabag||Nominated|
|2014||The Offies (The Off West End Theatre Awards)||Best Female Performance||Fleabag||Won|
|2014||The Offies (The Off West End Theatre Awards)||Most Promising New Playwright||Fleabag||Won|
|2017||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Actress in a Comedy Series||Fleabag||Nominated|
|2017||Royal Television Society Award||Breakthrough Star||Fleabag||Won|
|2017||Royal Television Society Award||Writer – Comedy||Fleabag||Won|
|2017||BAFTA TV Craft Award||Best Writer – Comedy||Fleabag||Nominated|
|2017||BAFTA TV Craft Award||Breakthrough Talent Award||Crashing||Nominated|
|2017||BAFTA TV Craft Award||Breakthrough Talent Award||Fleabag||Nominated|
|2017||BAFTA TV Award||Best Female Performance in a Comedy||Fleabag||Won|
|2017||Gold Derby Award||Best Comedy Actress||Fleabag||Nominated|
|2017||Gold Derby Award||Best Breakthrough Performer of the Year||Fleabag||Nominated|
|2017||TCA Award||Individual Achievement in Comedy||Fleabag||Nominated|
|2017||Gotham Award||Breakthrough Series – Long Form||Fleabag||Nominated|
|2018||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series||Killing Eve||Nominated|
|2018||Gotham Award||Breakthrough Series – Long Form||Killing Eve||Won|
|2019||BAFTA TV Craft Award||Best Writing||Killing Eve||Nominated|
|2019||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Solo Performance||Fleabag||Nominated|
|2019||Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Fleabag||Nominated|
|2019||TCA Award||Individual Achievement in Comedy||Fleabag||Won|
|2019||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Fleabag||Won|
|2019||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series||Fleabag||Won|
|2019||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Comedy Series||Fleabag||Won|
|2019||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Drama Series||Killing Eve||Nominated|
|2019||Gold Derby Award||Best Drama Series||Killing Eve||Nominated|
|2019||Gold Derby Award||Best Comedy Series||Fleabag||Won|
|2019||Gold Derby Award||Best Comedy Actress||Fleabag||Won|
|2019||Gold Derby Award||Best Comedy Episode of the Year ("Episode 2.1")||Fleabag||Won|
|2019||Gold Derby Award||Best Comedy Episode of the Year ("Episode 2.6")||Fleabag||Nominated|
|2019||Gold Derby Award||Performer of the Year||Fleabag||Won|
|2019||Britannia Awards||British Artist of the Year||N/A||Won|
|2020||Satellite Award||Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series||Fleabag||Pending|
|2020||Satellite Award||Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy||Fleabag||Pending|
|2020||Golden Globe Award||Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Fleabag||Pending|
|2020||Golden Globe Award||Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy||Fleabag||Pending|
|2020||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Actress in a Comedy Series||Fleabag||Pending|
|2020||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Comedy Series||Fleabag||Pending|
|2020||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series||Fleabag||Pending|
|2020||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Fleabag||Pending|
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