First, she was the biggest winner of the night at the Emmy Awards on Sunday, taking home outstanding lead actress for Fleabag, Outstanding directing in a comedy series, Outstanding writing for a comedy series and Outstanding comedy series. Fleabag was nominated for eleven Emmys in total, and Jodie Comer, the star of Killing Eve, which Waller-Bridge also wrote, won best actress in a drama series.
The following day, Amazon Prime, who screened Fleabag in the US before the BBC Three series went international, signed a $91.5 million deal with Waller Bridge. The actor/writer/director will develop work with Amazon Prime until 2022, taking home over $30 million a year.
Apart from her work on Fleabag, which started its life as a humble one-woman show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014, and Killing Eve, Waller-Bridge has also recently voiced a robot on Star Wars, consulted on the script for the new James Bond movie and executive produced a new romantic comedy series due to air on HBO later this year. Written by Waller-Bridge’s best mate and collaborator Vicky Jones, Run is about a woman named Ruby (Merritt Weaver, from Unbelievable) whose life is interrupted when an old boyfriend (Domhnall Gleeson), now a life guru, tries to get Ruby to join him on his journey of self-discovery.
After her huge haul on Sunday night, Waller-Bridge was snapped backstage enjoying a cocktail and a cheeky fag as she basked in the afterglow.
— Josh Cole (@JoshCole8) September 23, 2019
We’re not sure how she celebrated inking the Amazon Prime deal, but we’re hoping it involved plenty of gin. She sure as hell deserves it.