‘Fleabag’ Began As A One-Woman Show
Now an Emmys darling, “Fleabag” got its start as a one-woman play in 2013. Waller-Bridge was challenged by a friend to do a ten-minute slot in a standup storytelling night and the concept of “Fleabag” as an cynical and unapologetic woman grappling with the death of a close friend was born.
“I knew I wanted to play something that was in that area, and somebody who was unapologetic about desperately needing sex and affirmation,” she told 'Vulture' of the Fleabag character, whose real name is never revealed.
‘Fleabag’ Is Finished
Just like that, “Fleabag” is done. Waller-Bridge is finished with the series, despite pleas for more episodes and awards love. "This just feels like the most beautiful way to say goodbye to it," she said backstage at the Emmys. "It does feel like the story is complete."
‘Killing Eve’ Creator
“Fleabag” may be over but we have another TV show to be thankful for. We have Waller-Bridge to thank for bringing “Killing Eve” to TV screens. The writer-actress created the series based on the novels of Luke Jenning and stars Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh. Waller-Bridge wrote several episodes in the show’s first season. “I fell into a Google hole around female assassins,” she told “The Graham Norton Show” about her inspiration.
She’s From An Upper-Crust Family
Waller-Bridge comes from a British upper-crust family. Her maternal grandfather was Sir John Edward Longueville Clerke, 12th Baronet of Hitcham and is a descendant of Sir Egerton Leigh, who served as a member of Parliament for Mid Cheshire for a few years during the Victorian era on her paternal side.
“My grandmother was very proper and Christian and buttoned up. I adored her. She was very shockable, and as a kid shockable people were my ideal playmates,” Waller-Bridge said of her upbringing.
She Played A Droid In ‘Star Wars’
The “Star Wars” universe can also lay claim to Waller-Bridge. She played Lando Calrissian’s wisecracking droid pal L3-37 in “Solo: A Star Wars Story”.
She’s Dating Director Martin McDonagh
Since 2018, Waller-Bridge has been in a relationship with writer-director-playwright Martin McDonagh, director of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “In Bruges”. Fingers crossed these two work on a darkly comic project together in the near future.
‘No Time To Die’
The name’s Waller-Bridge, Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Next up for the multi-talented star is the James Bond film “No Time To Die”. According to THR, star Daniel Craig suggested producers hire Waller-Bridge to punch up the screenplay for the upcoming 007 film because his wife, Rachel Weisz, was such a big “Fleabag” fan. She’s only the second woman in history to receive a writing credit in the Bond franchise.
She Has A New Show In The Works
While we still can’t get over the fact that there’s no more to come from Fleabag and Andrew “hot priest” Scott, Waller-Bridge has inked a deal with HBO to create a new series. Called “RUN”, the premise of the show revolves around two former lovers who made a pact more than a decade ago that if one of them texted the word “RUN” to the other, they would run away together. Her “Christopher Robin” co-star Domhnall Gleeson and Merritt Wever have been tapped to star.
She Failed Her ‘Downton Abbey’ Audition
Turns out, you can be too funny for “Downton Abbey”. Waller-Bridge revealed she auditioned to play one of the Crowley sisters but made the director crack up so much he was “pissing himself laughing.” She told The Times: “It was a really moving scene … it was meant to be sort of profound and moving and emotional and I went in and I performed the scene and honestly I was like: 'I have nailed this.'”