Since catapulting to global stardom as psychopathic assassin Villanelle in the hit BBC drama series Jodie, 26, has won an army of new fans. But it would appear that some confuse her murderous on-screen persona for the real-life Liverpool-born actress. “A lot of people just look at me in a ‘Is it her?’ sort of way,” Jodie told BBC One’s The Graham Norton Show, shown last night.
“But recently I had a really strange one – a woman asked for a photograph with me and then she whispered in my ear, ‘Will you strangle me?’ I said, ‘No!'” Killing Eve recently picked up 14 TV Bafta nominations, with stars Jodie and Canadian actress Sandra Oh both up for the best actress gong.
The darkly comic cat-and-mouse crime drama sees Sandra play MI5 operative Eve Polastri, who becomes obsessed with Jodie’s sinister killer character.
Killing Eve was an instant critical and commercial success when it debuted last year but Jodie admitted it has been a nerve-racking wait to see how the follow-up will be received.
“There is a lot more pressure because of expectations and everyone is waiting on tenterhooks for it to come out,” said Jodie, who is also known for roles in family saga Doctor Foster, which stars Suranne Jones.
“But once you start filming, you just have to put that to one side.”
After her appearance on The Graham Norton Show alongside US actress Anne Hathaway, Australian star Rebel Wilson and Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe, Jodie took her “dream” opportunity to have a go on host Norton’s infamous back-flipping armchair.
She shared a clip of herself on Instagram settling into the chair nervously, before suddenly being tipped backwards – sending the actress into fits of giggles.
Jodie told fans: “Massive thank you to Graham Norton and the team for having me on the show. I lived out my red chair dream!” The Big Red Chair segment on the chat show sees audience members tell an extraordinary true tale in front of a panel of celebrity guests.
But at any point Norton can pull the dreaded lever, flipping the chair backwards and sending the audience member flying.
Killing Eve was adapted by BBC Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge from Luke Jennings’ Codename Villanelle novella series.
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