Actress Jodie Comer has revealed on Lorraine that she was inspired by soap opera Brookside when she was younger.
The Killing Eve star, 26, won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series on Sunday night for her performance as Oksana Astankova — aka Villanelle — in the BBC America series. In addition to Killing Eve, Jodie is also known for her work on Doctor Foster and Thirteen.
However, it turns out that the esteemed actress was actually inspired by a Channel 4 soap. When discussing her prestigious award win with Ross King — Lorraine’s Los Angeles Correspondent — she was quizzed about what inspired her when she was younger — a question to which she simply replied: ‘Brookside’.
She continued: ‘That’s what I remember as a kid watching’.
Once one of the nation’s most popular soaps, Brookside often went toe-to-toe with juggernauts EastEnders and Coronation Street, and is fondly remembered for its iconic storylines, such as the ‘Body Under The Patio’ narrative and, less favourably, the incest story in 1996.
Additionally, the Channel 4 drama also featured the first pre-watershed lesbian kiss. Low ratings and sensationalised narratives resulted in its cancellation, and it came to an end in 2003 — with nearly 3,000 episodes under its belt.
Meanwhile, Jodie insists that, while success has somewhat changed her life, it hasn’t changed her as a person, adding: ‘Life has definitely changed, but I’m still at home with my family.’
‘No one would ever let me get too big for my boots, that’s for sure.’
Lorraine airs weekdays at 8.30am on ITV.
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