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10 Things To Know About Phoebe Waller-Bridge

18 July 2019 by Marianka Swain
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge in “Fleabag” in New York City. (Photographed by Joan Marcus)

She comes from a creative family
London-born Phoebe Waller-Bridge is from a creative clan. Her brother Jasper is a music manager, and her sister Isobel is a composer. Her sister has worked on “Black Mirror,” “War & Peace,” and “Fleabag,”.

She works with and stands by her friends.
When Vicky Jones was sacked from directing a play in 2007, Waller-Bridge walked out in protest. The pair formed a close friendship, as well as company DryWrite, which produced the original “Fleabag.”

She creates and stars in her own work.
Waller-Bridge starred in her own Channel 4 sitcom “Crashing,” which is also available on Netflix, and also adapted “Fleabag” into a hit BBC series, later picked up by Amazon in the U.S. The second season is famous for the introduction of Andrew Scott’s ‘Hot Priest’ (Scott is currently starring as an equally irresistible actor in the Old Vic’s “Present Laughter,” which runs through Aug. 10.)

She writes great parts for actors.
As well as a wonderful core cast, including Sian Clifford as uptight sister Claire and Bill Patterson as their reticent father, “Fleabag” has showcased incredible established actresses like Oscar-winner Olivia Colman, Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, and Fiona Shaw.

She’s a trendsetter.
“Fleabag’s” cult-favourite status has made featured items must-haves for fans, including a sleek jumpsuit worn by Waller-Bridge in episode one of season two, and Marks & Spencer’s pre-mixed cans of gin and tonic. Catholicism also had a spike in interest, as did the Quakers.

She’s a killer TV writer.
As a showrunner, Waller-Bridge brought her unparalleled ability to mix drama with surprising comedy – and notably feminist sensibilities – to “Killing Eve,” about Sandra Oh’s detective pursuing Jodie Comer’s psychopathic assassin.

She’s an Emmy nominee.
“Fleabag” earned eight Emmy nominations, and Waller-Bridge scored a nod for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.

She doesn’t always get the part.
What might have been? Waller-Bridge auditioned for a role in “Downton Abbey” – but, despite what she considered a serious, heartfelt reading, the response was “We had no idea she was so f-ing hilarious!”

She’s part of the “Star Wars” Universe.
But never mind “Downton.” Waller-Bridge landed the role of droid L3-37, who campaigns for the rights of mechanicals, in “Star Wars” prequel “Solo” – despite, as she admitted to Graham Norton, not actually knowing what a droid was.

She’s tackling James Bond
The next big franchise to get the Waller-Bridge treatment is James Bond. As part of the writing team for the 25th film, she’s promised to make the female characters “feel like real people.” We can’t wait to see the result!