The characters she has created have made her one of film and television’s most sought-after writers.
But while Phoebe Waller-Bridge is raking in millions from her scriptwriting abilities, that may be because she ignored early career advice.
For the Fleabag star was once told to cash in on her looks.
Advice: Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge told Vogue she was advised to ‘cash in on her looks’ during the early days of her career
The 34-year-old writer and actress has revealed to American Vogue that the suggestion came when she was struggling for roles after graduating from Rada.
She explains in an interview: ‘I think I felt like the most important thing was how I looked – especially in your 20s, when everyone’s like, “Cash in on it now because you haven’t got a lot of time!”. Hair was everything.’
Since devising and starring in the BBC comedy, Miss Waller-Bridge has gone on to create Killing Eve, been drafted in to help write the new James Bond film and signed a £15million-a-year deal with Amazon to develop programmes for its streaming TV service.
Perhaps in a nod to Fleabag, who picked up one of her lovers on a bus, when it came to being featured in American Vogue’s December edition the Briton couldn’t resist a few light-hearted poses on public transport.
No thanks! But while Phoebe Waller-Bridge is raking in millions from her scriptwriting abilities, that may be because she ignored early career advice
In one photograph she is seen on a crowded New York bus wearing a matador-style jacket, white jeans and gold platform boots while twirling her huge patterned skirt like a flamenco dancer.
In another, wearing a racy scarlet lace dress and black jacket, she feigns shock as a couple sitting next to her kiss.
Miss Waller-Bridge also graces the cover in a daring Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello dress.
Word to the wise: The 34-year-old writer and actress has revealed to American Vogue that the suggestion came when she was struggling for roles after graduating from Rada
While her female characters include serial killers and sex-mad singletons, she admits to the magazine that her influences are not at all modern.
‘I get asked who inspired me,’ she says. ‘And I realised I’d always been slightly embarrassed to admit it, because it seems so obvious, but, like, the Greek plays!
‘Sophocles, Euripides, Shakespeare – all the ones you think you can’t say because they’re great.’
An iconic moment: Miss Waller-Bridge looks incredible as she graces the front cover of US Vogue
Miss Waller-Bridge is dating British-Irish film director Martin McDonagh – who wrote and directed the Oscar-winning Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – but says she does not know whether she wants children. ‘It’s weird. I love kids.
‘No, I feel like there’s so much happening,’ she says. ‘I guess I’ve become quite a see-what-life-throws-at-you kind of person. I think I would like to. I love hanging out with kids – you know, good ones.’
New Bond girl Lashana Lynch has already hinted that the latest 007 film is the most right-on ever.
Miss Waller-Bridge – only the second woman to be given a writing credit in the history of the franchise – was recruited for the project by Daniel Craig, who will play Bond for the last time.
Miss Waller-Bridge has said she is planning on ‘scaling up her work’ when it comes to the subject of taboos and politics.
Gracing the cover of US Vogue for the first time, the star said: ‘I feel like I might scale up a bit. I’ll scale up in terms of gradually getting bigger with my themes and stuff, and I feel maybe I want to start thinking more politically, more globally.
‘I don’t know, but I can feel something bubbling.’
Iconic: Phoebe Waller-Bridge in her acclaimed role as Fleabag
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s career has propelled thanks to Fleabag, and now she’s on the cover of Vogue magazine. Yep, she’s made it!
In a jaw-dropping shoot by Ethan James Green, the actress has been dressed up in an array of dreamy designer pieces by Tonne Goodman.
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On what taboos are ‘calling her name,’ she discussed what sort of thing she would like to do next.
‘Just about the abortion laws, the kind of stuff you can’t get your head around.
‘The fact that the world has gone backward in this way, and actually in some frightening sense, in so many ways, women have a louder voice, are more empowered these days, and then in these other really insidious ways, blatant ways, we’re being marginalized again.
‘How do you fight that? Because if you rant and rave, if you try and make a noise, you’ll be labeled noisy. You have to be careful of that.’
Vogue’s December 2019 issue is available on newsstands in NY/LA November 12, and nationwide November 19.
She said her writing is inspired by the likes of Greek plays! Sophocles, Euripides, Shakespeare’