Why Phoebe Waller-Bridge Is One of the Best Writers Working Today

Collider | 7/29/2019 | Hannah Hoolihan
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge has an extraordinary list of accomplishments already under her belt. She’s an actress, writer, producer, showrunner, and now a three-time Emmy nominee. Her star power has skyrocketed over the years and she’s become an instantly-lovable and sought-after presence in Hollywood. Following the success of two critically-acclaimed shows, her career continues to flourish as she was also recently brought on to help polish the script for the latest installment in one of the biggest film franchises in the world: James Bond. She’s an unstoppable force that’s fully prepared to flip the industry on its head, all while rocking an irresistible black jumpsuit (never underestimate the power of a jumpsuit).

This year’s Emmy nominations saw Waller-Bridge receiving nods for her writing and acting as the bereaved, reluctantly vulnerable, and strikingly funny character, Fleabag, from which the series is named after. In total, Fleabag Season 2 picked up 11 nominations, including for Olivia Colman and Sian Clifford in their supporting roles as Fleabag’s step-mother and sister, respectively, Kristin Scott-Thomas and Fiona Shaw for their guest starring roles, along with a nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series. Waller-Bridge’s other female-led espionage series, Killing Eve, nabbed 9 nominations as well, which included Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer for their leading roles as Eve and Villanelle, respectively, a second nomination for Fiona Shaw for her supporting role as Carolyn Martins, and an overall nomination for Outstanding Drama Series. Killing Eve was quick to find its audience when Season 1 debuted on BBC America in 2018, whereas Fleabag took some time following its Amazon Prime/BBC Three debut in 2016. But, the success of the former is what encouraged people to unearth the latter from the hidden corners of Amazon Prime, and the rest is history.

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