Jodie Comer’s amazing Theatre performance Prima Facie has been released onto Streaming services. I have added screencaps from her amazing performance to our gallery, enjoy viewing!
Jodie Comer, an Emmy Award winner for her work on the series “Killing Eve,” will make her Broadway debut in “Prima Facie” in April.
Previews are set to begin at the Golden Theatre on April 11 ahead of an April 23 opening night. The play will run for a 10-week limited engagement.
As a solo show, “Prima Facie” centers on Tessa (played by Comer), a successful defense attorney who climbed her way up from working class to respected professional. But after she’s attacked, Tessa reevaluates the power of the law, its patriarchal lineage, the burden of proof and her own morality.
The new drama is written by Suzie Miller and directed by Justin Martin. It features an original score by Rebecca Lucy Taylor, set and costume design by Miriam Buether, lighting design by Natasha Chivers, sound design by Ben & Max Ringham, video by William Williams for Treatment Studio and U.S. general management by 101 Productions Ltd.
In addition to “Killing Eve,” Comer is known for her roles in “My Mad Fat Diary,” “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” and “Doctor Foster.” She also recently appeared in the film “Free Guy” with Ryan Reynolds. The West End production of “Prima Facie” marked her stage debut. The filmed version of the West End mounting is the highest-grossing cinema event in the U.K.’s history.
Miller is an Australian playwright, librettist and screenwriter with a background in law. Martin’s previous Broadway credits include associate director of “The Audience,” “Skylight” and, most recently, “The Inheritance.”
“Prima Facie” enjoyed its U.K. premiere, also starring Comer, earlier this year at the Harold Pinter Theatre on London’s West End. That production partnered with U.K.-based charity The Schools Consent Project, which educates young people about sexual assault and consent issues. Producers will do the same on Broadway and have announced an ongoing partnership with the organization for the U.S. premiere, extending its outreach to schools here. The production will also work with Everyone’s Invited, a digital safe space for survivors of sexual assault founded by Soma Sara. The “Prima Facie” Pro Bono Project will also provide ticket access to specific groups and organizations and also offer a low-cost ticket lottery.
“I cannot wait to continue the journey with ‘Prima Facie’ on Broadway this coming spring. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine having the opportunity to play on Broadway with a story as unique and thought provoking as this one. I’m honored that a theatre as rich in history as the Golden Theatre will be home to it,” Comer said in a statement.
“Prima Facie” is produced on Broadway by Empire Street Productions.
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Hi all, I have finally added Screencaps of Jodie Comer in “The Last Duel” many thanks to Jen for kindly donating these! You can now view them in the gallery.
Principal photography has begun on Mahalia Belo’s UK dystopian drama The End We Start From, starring Jodie Comer.
The Emmy award-winning star of Killing Eve is also an executive producer on the feature, from Benedict Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch, Hera Pictures, Anton and BBC Film.
A first image has been released from the film, shown above, in which Comer plays a new mother trying to get back home as environmental disaster submerges London in floods. The cast also includes Joel Fry, Mark Strong, Gina McKee, Katherine Waterston, Nina Sosanya and Cumberbatch
Based on the novel by Megan Hunter, the screenplay has been adapted by Lady Macbeth and Succession writer Alice Birch.
Director Belo’s credits include TV mini-series The Long Song and Channel 4 film Ellen, both of which earned the filmmaker a Bafta nomination.
Producers are Leah Clarke and Adam Ackland for SunnyMarch, Liza Marshall for Hera Pictures, Amy Jackson and Sophie Hunter.
Anton, C2 Motion Picture Group, BBC Film and the BFI (through their awarding of National Lottery funding) are co-financing the film.
Executive producers are Strong and Cumberbatch; Sébastien Raybaud, Fanny Soulier, Pieter Engels, Kate Maxwell for Anton; Dave Caplan and Jason Cloth for C2 Motion Picture Group; Eva Yates and Claudia Yusef for BBC Film; and Lizzie Francke for the BFI.
Comer was named a Screen Star of Tomorrow in 2016 and made her West End debut in Suzie Miller’s Prima Facie, which broke box office records for event cinema last weekend through National Theatre Live.
I have added Exclusive Photoshoots of Jodie Photographed at the 2022 Bafta Awards, Enjoy!
Photoshoots > 2022 > Session 007-Bafta Awards
Public Appearances > 2022 > May 08: Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards-Arrivals
Screencaps of the finale episode of Killing Eve titled “Hello Losers” have been added to the gallery. Please note these contain Spoilers if you haven’t seen the finale already! Enjoy
I’ve added stills of the final episode of Killing Eve titled “4×08-Hello, Losers” to the gallery, enjoy!
Eve and Villanelle focus on making a seismic stab at The Twelve, risking their own lives; Carolyn arrives home as a traitor, she has a finite amount of time to use her intel as leverage to get herself back in the game.
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As Killing Eve reaches its finale, shape-shifting star Jodie Comer talks to Rosamund Dean about how her gritty West End debut took priority over Ridley Scott’s next epic
Photoshoots > 2022 > Session 006-Evening Standard Magazine
Last month, Jodie Comer was in a studio to record her last bits of dialogue for the final ever episode of Killing Eve. ‘It was surreal,’ she says, eyes wide. ‘They had this sofa in the centre of the screen, so I sat there and asked them to play me the final moments. I was like… wow.’
We’re meeting for breakfast in a Mayfair members’ club the day before her 29th birthday. Comer is not having a party though. Last weekend she had a family dinner in Liverpool (the tasting menu at Röski, which she recommends as ‘it lasts about three hours so you really have time to catch up’) and, on the day, she is going to see Small Island at the National Theatre with a friend. As she tucks in to overnight oats and an espresso, I dig for spoilers of the Killing Eve finale. Many are hoping Eve and Villanelle will get together and go off into the sunset. ‘Yeah, I mean…’ she laughs, with a raised eyebrow.
But then again, the show is literally called Killing Eve, which doesn’t bode well for Eve. ‘Well, you’d think that, but is it ‘Killing’ Eve? Or is it Killing ‘Eve’?’ she asks, mysteriously. ‘Eve’s changed so much, especially in this series. I was like whoa, Sandra!’
Villanelle is, of course, Russian. Which, in series one, felt kind of retro Cold War but now feels much darker. Continuing to live our normal lives — in my case, chatting to an actor — with pictures of Ukrainian devastation on every front page is a strange business. ‘Everything else is so insignificant,’ says Comer. ‘The world right now is extremely sinister. Russian people are being fed so much misinformation. It’s terrifying when you realise there are people in power who have the ability to do that, and choose to do that. And the number of people who are none the wiser.’
The show won Comer an Emmy and a Bafta, and launched her in Hollywood. Last year she starred in Free Guy with Ryan Reynolds and The Last Duel with Matt Damon and Adam Driver. But her new role is more low-key: Prima Facie is a one-woman play about a barrister who defends rapists, before becoming a victim herself. She pulled out of Ridley Scott’s new film, Napoleon, to do it (that role will now be played by Vanessa Kirby).
‘That decision was actually taken out of my hands,’ she admits. ‘The scheduling kept changing, and I was always committed to the play. So it came to a point where it was impossible to do both.’ It’s safe to assume that one of those jobs is significantly better paid than the other, and she could have pulled out of the play to take the money.
‘Ha! Yeah,’ she laughs, ‘but I never got into this for the pay cheque. I’m going to grow so much from this experience. Sometimes opportunities present themselves and you’re like, if I say no, it will be purely out of fear. If I said no to this because I was scared and then they announced another actress, I’d want to punch myself in the face.’
Comer threw herself into research, speaking to barristers and a Rasso (rape and serious sexual offences) officer. ‘Because Napoleon fell through, I’ve had this time to speak to people who have been so open and honest, which has been amazing,’ she says. ‘They care so much about what they’re doing, but it’s very evident that the system doesn’t work for women. If a woman reports being raped, it’s her who’s on trial. She’s given this burden of responsibility to prove what happened.’
Thirty tickets at each performance will be available at a ‘pay what you can’ price, something Comer feels strongly about, telling me ‘theatre shouldn’t be this exclusive club. That’s so wrong.’ She is aware of the privilege that gave many in her industry a leg-up, and talks of the twist of fate that introduced her to Stephen Graham. They met on 2012’s Liverpool-set drama Good Cop, and he introduced her to his agent. Comer and Graham worked together again last year on Help, a Channel 4 drama set in a care home during the first lockdown, and a rare outing for her real (Scouse) accent. ‘I’d never done a project like that before, which is political and really raw because many people were still living through it,’ she says. ‘We really felt the weight of how important it was.’
It is testament to her transformative ability that playing a Liverpudlian care worker doesn’t feel at odds with the Comer we see on the red carpet or in a fashion shoot like the one on the cover of this magazine. ‘I sent over a plethora of young Meryl Streep images,’ she laughs of the mood board for this shoot. ‘They were pared back, very simple, which I really enjoyed. It’s important to me now to feel comfortable. I said to my stylist, Elizabeth [Saltzman, who also works with Gwyneth Paltrow], as we moved out of lockdown: it’s great to wear fabulous clothes that you wouldn’t usually wear, but actually I want to be comfortable and look back on those moments and see that.’
Today she’s wearing workout clothes — a black T-shirt and leggings — because ‘my iron’s broke and everything else is scrunched up’. Comer’s style revelation wasn’t the only change of the past couple of years. ‘We were all forced to pause and evaluate what’s really meaningful to us,’ she says. ‘I realised I love being at home and enjoy simpler things. Like having my close friends, not feeling the need to be certain places and please certain people. I grew up a lot. I really stepped into myself. I’ve got calmer and more secure in who I am. I mean,’ she adds hastily, ‘I’ve by no means got it all sussed out. That’s a lifelong thing.’
Comer and her family are tight. As we talk, she plays with a large heart-shaped Loquet locket; a gift from her mum, Donna. ‘It has amethyst in it, and a little moon charm. I have a habit of fiddling with it when I’m nervous.’ She has said in the past that she would like to live at home in Liverpool with Donna and her dad, Jimmy, until she is ‘old and grey’. But now she has a place in London, although who she lives with is unclear because she never talks about that side of her life.
‘It’s increasingly important to manage those things,’ she says carefully. ‘So much is out of your control so the parts of your life that you can control become really sacred.’ I’m impressed that they avoid ever being papped. ‘If I go to a party, I want to be in my mate’s living room listening to Fall Out Boy on a playlist of early 2000s hits,’ she says. ‘That’s where I’m letting my hair down, not at an event where I’m seen leaving. That terrifies me.’
As she approaches her 30s, she has also learned to care less about what other people think. No small feat in her job, where you are relentlessly presented with other people’s opinions. ‘I’ve got a different outlook on what success is,’ she explains. ‘Now it comes down to how I feel when I come home from a day’s work. If I feel proud of myself. I’m much better at not putting that on the opinions of others, because I did for a really long time.’
Was there a turning point? ‘You just become aware of your habits…. I was seeking a lot of approval and my happiness was dependent on it, then I realised how shit that made me feel.’ Is it things like stepping back from social media and not reading reviews? ‘Yeah. If I’m doing a job for me then, whatever the reaction may be, I can say, okay that’s unfortunate, however I gained X, Y and Z from this.’ (Despite the Scouse accent, she says ‘zee’ rather than ‘zed’.) Not that Comer has experienced many bad reviews. Even mixed reviews of the last season of Killing Eve fell over themselves to say that she remained amazing. There was a brief attempt to ‘cancel’ her on social media, when it was rumoured her boyfriend was a Republican. Regardless of her boyfriend’s political views, I don’t think anyone — particularly a person involved in projects such as Help and Prima Facie — should be bullied into proving their liberal credentials.
I ask the name of her favourite WhatsApp group and she replies instantly: ‘Me and my best mates from school are all over the place, so it’s called Hoes in Different Area Codes.’ She laughs uproariously. ‘It’s Katarina [Johnson-Thompson], she’s an Olympic athlete so she’s always away training. My friend Charlotte is an artist, she lives in Spain. Then my other friends are in Liverpool. We managed to get together for a weekend last year and it was amazing. Friends are such medicine. The person that you can fall into being when you’re in their company is just so pure. I mean, the title of our WhatsApp group isn’t pure!’
When Comer talks about her friends and family, she glows with warmth. Perhaps this solid background is the secret to her success because she says the energy you bring to an audition is vital. She doesn’t have to audition much these days, but she remembers the anxiety of her early career, when she had been on Holby City and Waterloo Road but wasn’t continuously working so got a job in Tesco. ‘There were a couple years where I’d done acting jobs, but also I needed money to go out at the weekend with my friends,’ she smiles. ‘I was on the tills on the Saturday/Sunday shift, so was hungover 99.9 per cent of the time.’
I sympathise, having worked on a checkout at the same age, but in Waitrose. ‘Oh, you’re so fancy!’ Her face lights up again. ‘I was trying to explain Waitrose to my boyfriend the other day. He said, “Is that like Whole Foods?” I told him it’s not as fancy as Whole Foods, but it’s fancy.’ It’s fancier than Tesco, but not as fancy as M&S? ‘I love an M&S,’ she sighs dreamily. ‘One thing that I find deeply satisfying is doing a good food shop.’
And this is the real Jodie Comer: texting her mates, hanging out with her boyfriend, doing a big food shop and, today, dealing with a broken iron. ‘I called my mum and she said it’s the fuse, so I’m going fuse shopping now,’ she laughs. ‘So rock ’n’ roll.’
The final season of ‘Killing Eve’ is on BBC iPlayer now. ‘Prima Facie’ is at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 15 Apr to 18 Jun (haroldpintertheatre.co.uk)