Phoebe Waller-Bridge

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).

Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Waller-Bridge promoting Solo: A Star Wars Story in 2018
Born
Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge

(1985-07-14) 14 July 1985
West London, England
ResidenceKensal Rise, London, England
Occupation
  • Actress
  • writer
Years active2009–present
Spouse(s)
Conor Woodman
(m. 2014; div. 2018)
RelativesIsobel 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.[1] Both Fleabag and Killing Eve have been named among the greatest television series of the 21st century by The Guardian.[2]

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).

Early life

Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge was born on 14 July 1985,[3] in West London, the daughter of Theresa Mary (née Clerke) and Michael Cyprian Waller-Bridge.[4] Her father founded the electronic trading platform Tradepoint, while her mother works for the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers.[5][6][7] The Waller-Bridge family were landed gentry of Cuckfield, Sussex.[8][9] 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.[10][11] Her maternal grandfather was Sir John Edward Longueville Clerke, 12th baronet, of Hitcham, Buckinghamshire.[12] Waller-Bridge grew up in Ealing, London,[13][14] 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.[15][16] Her parents are divorced.[17] She was educated at St Augustine's Priory, a Catholic independent school for girls,[18] followed by the independent sixth form college DLD College London in Marylebone, London.[19] She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.[20]

Career

In 2009, Waller-Bridge made her acting debut in the play Roaring Trade at Soho Theatre.[21] 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.[22] In 2016, Waller-Bridge wrote and starred in the Channel 4 sitcom Crashing and BBC Three's adaptation of Fleabag.[23][24]

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.[25][26] 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.[27][28]

Waller-Bridge is the co-artistic director, with Vicky Jones,[5] of DryWrite Theatre Company.[29][30][31] The two met and became friends while working on theatre productions.[32]

Waller-Bridge voiced and performed droid L3-37 in the Star Wars film Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).[33][34]

Waller-Bridge wrote and produced the thriller television series Killing Eve based on novels by Luke Jennings.[35] The BBC America series stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer and premiered in April 2018.[36] 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.[37] Waller-Bridge will also feature in the series with a recurring role as the character Flick.[38]

In 2019, Waller-Bridge co-wrote the screenplay for No Time to Die (2020), the 25th James Bond film, along with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.[39][40]

Personal life

Waller-Bridge lives in Kensal Rise, London. She married Irish presenter and documentary filmmaker Conor Woodman in 2014.[14] By 2017, the couple had separated and filed for divorce, which was finalised in 2018.[41] Since early 2018, Waller-Bridge has been in a relationship with English-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh.[5]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2009The RewardCharlotteShort film
2011Beautiful EnoughComposer (voice)Short film
2011Albert NobbsViscountess Yarrell
2011MeconiumLornaShort film
2011The Iron LadySusie
2015Man UpKatie
2017Goodbye Christopher RobinMary Brown
2018Solo: A Star Wars StoryL3-37

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2009DoctorsKatie BurbridgeEpisode: "Chef's Secret"
2010How Not to Live Your LifeFelicityEpisode: "Don's Posh Weekend"
2011The Night WatchLaurenTelevision film
2011–2013The CaféChloe Astill13 episodes
2013Coming UpKarenEpisode: "Henry"
2013London IrishStephEpisode: "Episode 2"
2013Bad EducationIndiaEpisode: "Drugs"
2014GlueBee Warwick2 episodes
2015BroadchurchAbby8 episodes
2015FlackEveTelevision film
2016CrashingLuluCreator, writer; 6 episodes
2016–2019FleabagFleabagCreator, executive producer, writer; 12 episodes
2019Saturday Night LiveHerself (host)Episode: "Phoebe Waller-Bridge/Taylor Swift"
TBARunFlickUpcoming; Executive producer

Theatre

Year Title Role Notes
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[42]
2008 Twelfth Night Viola Sprite Productions[43]
2009 Roaring Trade Jess Soho Theatre[44]
2009 2 May 1997 Sarah The Bush Theatre[44]
2009 Rope Leila Arden Almeida Theatre[44]
2010 Like A Fishbone Intern The Bush Theatre[44]
2010 Tribes Ruth Royal Court Theatre[44]
2011 Hay Fever Sorel Bliss Noël Coward Theatre[44][45]
2012 Mydidae Marian Soho Theatre, Trafalgar Studios[46]
2013–2019 Fleabag Fleabag Underbelly, Cowgate,[47] Salisbury Playhouse,[48] SoHo Playhouse,[49] Wyndham's Theatre[50]
2014 The One Jo Soho Theatre[51]

Writer

Year Title Notes
2014 Drifters 3 episodes
2018–present Killing Eve Also executive producer; 4 episodes
2020 No Time to Die Co-writer

Works and publications

  • Waller-Bridge, Phoebe (1 January 2013). Fleabag. London: Nick Hern Books. ISBN 978-1-84-842364-0. OCLC 894546593.

Awards

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[52] Fleabag Won
2014 The Offies (The Off West End Theatre Awards) Most Promising New Playwright[52] Fleabag Won
2017 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actress in a Comedy Series Fleabag Nominated
2017 Royal Television Society Award Breakthrough Star[53] 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[54] 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[55] 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[56] N/A Won
2020 Satellite Award[57] 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[58] 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[59] Best Actress in a Comedy Series Fleabag Pending
2020 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Comedy Series Fleabag Pending
2020 Screen Actors Guild Award[60] 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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