Surely she’s not Killing Steve! Jodie Comer switches from assassin to angel as she and Stephen Graham play a carer and her dementia patient in new TV drama Help
As stylish assassin Villanelle, Jodie Comer variously bumped off victims with a hatpin, knitting needle and tuning fork – so viewers may fear the worst when she wields a tea towel.
But the Killing Eve star is poised only to surprise rather than murder in her new role as a nursing home carer who finds her calling looking after a dementia patient, played by fellow Scouser Stephen Graham.
For her role in the Channel 4 drama Help, the 27-year-old actress has ditched Villanelle’s famously upmarket outfits and glamorous locations for a pair of wellington boots and a muddy field on the Wirral.
Jodie Comer puts a blindfold on patient Tony, played by Stephen Graham, in scenes filmed in Liverpool
Help follows Comer’s character Sarah and her relationship with her patient Tony as they deal with the real life pandemic
In these images from the set, her character Sarah ties a makeshift blindfold on her patient Tony, whose mind is slowly deteriorating from early-onset Alzheimer’s.
Help is set in Liverpool and centres on the relationship between the young care home worker and her patient as they deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Fans of the star are more used to seeing her dressed in fancy outfits her character Villanelle wears in Killing Eve than muddy boots
When Channel 4 first announced the drama, 47-year-old Graham, whose credits include This Is England and Line Of Duty, said: ‘I’ve wanted to work with Jodie for ages, and together we’re hugely passionate about shining a light on one of the biggest tragedies of our time and the people at the heart of it.’
Ms Comer added: ‘For us to be able to explore such a relevant and emotive story through the eyes of such beautifully real characters, and in our home city of Liverpool, is a real honour.’