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Jodie Comer Breaks Down In Tears As She Accepts BAFTA

Jodie Comer was overcome with emotion during last night's BAFTAs ceremony as she accepted the 'Best Leading Actress' award for her role as Villanelle in Killing Eve.

After taking to the stage to accept the prestigious award, Jodie dedicated her acceptance speech to her late 'Nana Frances', and broke down in tears while thanking her co-stars and Killing Eve writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

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Accepting her award from Steve Coogan, the Killing Eve star said: "Thank you so much, BAFTA. Sorry, I'm the only one who's turned on the waterworks."

Credit: BBC One
Credit: BBC One

She continued: "Pheeb, I feel so lucky not only to say that I have worked with you, but to call you a friend.

"You are the most talented person I know. Thank you for being such an inspiration."

Jodie also thanked Line Of Duty star Stephen Graham for helping her in the early days of her acting career.

"I want to take this moment to thank Stephen Graham. Stephen, if I didn't owe you a pint before, I definitely do now. Thank you for the generosity you showed me all them years ago," the BAFTA-winning actress added.

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Credit: BBC One
Credit: BBC One

And after mentioning her family, Jodie paid tribute to her late grandmother, who passed away while she was working on Killing Eve, meaning she never watched the hit drama series.

"I would love to dedicate this to my Nana Frances, who sadly passed away the first week of filming. She never got to see Villanelle, but she was the life and soul of everything," she said.

"When she was here she used to say, 'You get it off me, you know?' And I just want to stand up here tonight and say, Nana Frances, you were right all along."

Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS/PA
Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS/PA

Jodie, who hails from Liverpool, shocked fans with her Scouse accent during the speech speech after convincingly playing Russian assassin Villanelle.

"Like I know Jodie Comer is from Liverpool but it is still wholly bizarre hearing her speak with that accent," wrote one, while another added: "When you hear Jodie Comer's real voice and she is much less scary with her scouse accent."

Killing Eve won big during last night's BAFTAs, as the show also picked up another two gongs - 'Best Drama Series' and 'Best Supporting Actress' for Fiona Shaw for her role as Carolyn in the series.

Credit Doug Peters/EMPICS/PA
Credit Doug Peters/EMPICS/PA

As Fiona accepted the award, she said starring in the show was "probably the greatest pleasure of my life".

"People have begun to suspect I am a spy, and I just want to thank the director Harry Bradbeer for that because he said, 'No, no, you can't play this part with an Irish accent'," she said.

Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS/PA
Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS/PA

Meanwhile, writer Pheobe dropped the f-bomb while accepting the award, thanking her "charismatic, breathtaking, energetic" team.

"I can't speak it's so unbelievably exciting," she said. "Thanks for everyone for taking risks. Jodie Comer almost swallowed a wasp in Tuscany. It was a really edgy moment that we did capture on camera."

Credit: BBC One
Credit: BBC One

Congratulations to all the Killing Eve team!

Featured Image Credit: BBC One

Topics: Entertainment, Killing Eve, Celebrity Entertainment

Rachel Andrews

Rachel Andrews is an NCTJ trained Journalist at PRETTY52. She specialises in Fashion and Beauty Journalism, and has experience at a range of online and print publications and joined the team in 2017. Contact her - rachel.andrews@pretty52.com

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