The Liverpudlian is ruthless assassin Villanelle whose talent for murder is only matched by her sharp wit and love of clothes.
In the BBC thriller, she squares up against MI5 agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) who is determined to hunt her down.
It’s been hailed as one of the best TV shows of the year and seems set to make a huge star out of Jodie.
Here NADINE LINGE tells you everything you need to know about the actress
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“A woman called me a bitch on the train once”
JODIE, 25, still lives at home with her mum Donna, dad Jimmy and younger brother Charlie in Childwall, Liverpool.
She said recently: “I honestly cannot imagine not living with my mum and dad.”
IN 2006, she won the Liverpool Drama Festival, which led to a role in a radio play.
Bit parts in shows including Holby City, Waterloo Road and Doctors followed, before she landed her breakthrough role as Chloe in E4’s My Mad Fat Diary in 2013 alongside Sharon Rooney.
Then in 2016, Jodie landed her first lead role as kidnap victim Ivy Moxam in BBC Three’s Thirteen.
That saw her nominated in the Leading Actress category at the Bafta TV Awards 2017.
Jodie then bagged her biggest role to date as other woman Kate Parks in Doctor Foster, opposite Suranne Jones and Bertie Carvel.
Playing the woman in an affair with Gemma Foster’s husband sparked a strong reaction from fans.
Jodie said: “A woman called me a bitch on the train once.”
She was thrilled to get the script for Killing Eve after discovering it was written by Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and even more delighted when she saw Villanelle was a different type of assassin.
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Jodie said: “It sounds weird, but that’s why I was so keen to play Villanelle. She is going to divide opinion.”
She beat dozens to bag the role on the BBC America show and admits she’s glad she didn’t know who she was up against.
To play multi-lingual Villanelle, Jodie had to drop her Liverpool accent and learn phrases in Russian, German, French and Italian.
She also did some of the character’s stunts.
One of her best friends from school is heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
Jodie also has a boyfriend back in Liverpool who she says isn’t in showbiz.
Her guilty pleasure is reality shows like Towie and the Real Housewives.
She would love to do theatre and her dream is to work with Dame Julie Walters.
Killing Eve has already been re-commissioned for a second series and Jodie also has a film lined up.
Killing Eve airs on BBC One on Saturdays, or catch all episodes now on BBC iPlayer.