BBC Killing Eve: Jodie Comer’s life before fame from working in Tesco to forgotten roles in Doctors and Casualty


Jodie Comer is no stranger to film and TV fans, having enjoyed a successful career in the industry despite being just 28 years old. The Killing Eve star, from Liverpool, now spends her days on film sets and her evenings on the red carpet. Her life from her has not always been so glamorous, though. From working in supermarkets and bars when she was a teenager to making small guest appearances in some of Britain’s most iconic soaps, Comer has slowly worked her way up to stardom.

Jodie Comer shot to fame after playing the role of Villanelle in the smash-hit series Killing Eve – a psychopathic and skilled assassin, who becomes obsessed with the MI6 officer (played by Sandra Oh) who is tracking her. Growing up in Liverpool’s Childwall subrub, and while she was working towards her big break, fans might be surprised to learn that Comer worked at Tesco as a cashier, and also spent a bit of time working in a bar collecting glasses before her acting career took off.

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While she was working towards her big break in showbiz, she worked as a supermarket checkout assistant

As part of Comer’s Killing Eve character Villanelle, she is required to put on a number of different accents in the show as part of her disguise. As a result, fans are often shocked to hear her speak from her in her native Liverpudlian tongue when she undertakes TV interviews. Although now a household name, Comer hasn’t always been so high up Hollywood’s ranks.

She also played Ellie Jenkins in an episode of Holby City entitled ‘Promises’ back in 2010. Over the following two years, she also starred in several other iconic British soaps, including portraying Sarah Evans in Waterloo Road, Kelly Lowther in Doctors, Eve Gilston in Silent Witness and Maddy Eldon in Casualty. They were all very minor roles, but fast forward just 10 years, and she is now a global superstar.

In December 2018, British Vogue included Comer in their list of “The Most Influential Girls of 2018”, and in February 2019, Forbes named her in their annual “30 under 30” list for being one of the most influential people in the entertainment industry in Europe in that age category.

Although Killing Eve is still hugely popular as it enters its fourth series, a recent Guardian review has stated that although the show “is funny, sexy and the source of numerous already brilliant actors’ best work, it has made no sense for some time” . Film critic Jack Seale added: “It’s still recognisably Killing Eve and it’s still kinda cool, but it’s out of new ideas.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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