In 2019, audiences begrudgingly said goodbye to the hit show Fleabag, written and created by English actress and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Since then, she has co-written the screenplay for the 25th James Bond film No Time to Die (2021), recurred in the second season of HBO series His Dark Materials (2020), directed and appeared in music videos for Phoebe Bridgers and Harry Styles. Waller-Bridge is also set to star alongside Harrison Ford in the next Indiana Jones installment.
The London native signed a deal with Amazon Studios in 2019 for an estimated $20 million per year. As a part of this deal, Waller-Bridge has just had her first series since Fleabag greenlit by Amazon. Fans of the actress and writer are already speculating as to what the new show could entail and if it’ll take a place amongst their favorites like Killing Eve (2018) and Fleabag. Both shows have won and been nominated for several awards, with Fleabag sweeping the 2019 Primetime Emmys and taking home 6 awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress, Directing, Writing, and Casting for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Fleabag follow-up!
Who Is Phoebe Waller-Bridge?
While Waller-Bridge is a household name now, that wasn’t always the case. The actress and writer grew up in London where she later attended and graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She started in theatre in 2007, when she co-founded the DryWhite Theatre Company with English Actress, stage director playwright and screenwriter, Vicky Jones. Two years later, she began her screen career, working in short films, sitcoms, and dramas. Fans can go back and glimpse Waller-Bridge in her first feature roles in 2011 films Albert Nobbs and The Iron Lady. Her role in the former introduced her to Emerald Fennell, who would perform showrunner duties for her BBC series Killing Eve.
In 2012, she wrote and starred in her new one-woman show at the London Storytelling Festival. Later she would perform the first complete version of the play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013, which turned into BBC Three’s Fleabag. But Fleabag was not the first show Waller-Bridge had her hands in. In 2016, she wrote and created the Channel 4 sitcom Crashing. The show was a six-part series that centered around a group of friends that lived in an abandoned London hospital.
Fleabag: The Beginning
In 2016, the first season of Fleabag aired on BBC Three before being moved to BBC Two, where it was snatched up by Amazon Video (now Amazon Prime). The season followed Fleabag (Waller-Bridge) as she navigated her personal relationships and worked through her grief after the passing of her best friend, Boo. Waller-Bridge won a BAFTA for her performance in the initial season and was nominated for a Critics Choice Award. She later wrote the first season of BBC thriller Killing Eve before returning with the final installment of Fleabag.
The second and final season of the Amazon Prime series premiered in 2019. This season introduced fans to a new character that took the internet by storm: Hot Priest. Andrew Scott, who brought the character to life, was already a friend of the actress and writer and credits their friendship to their chemistry that made the second season so electric. In an interview with Thrillist, he also called Fleabag “a great work of art” and “playful and magical.” The second season would later win multiple awards and make Waller-Bridge a sought after writer in Hollywood.
Following her success with Fleabag, the English star worked on shows, films and even music videos, further cementing her place in the industry. She was set to star in a reboot series-version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005) with fellow actor Donald Glover. However, she exited the project in 2021 citing “creative differences” as her reason for bowing out. She is also set to star alongside legend Harrison Ford in the upcoming Indiana Jones film, which is scheduled for a June 2023 release.
All We Know About The Fleabag Follow-Up
Admittedly, not much is known about the actress-writer’s next Amazon Prime show. The series was greenlit this month and is set to start shooting by the end of this year. However, fans are left to speculate if Waller-Bridge will write and star in the series — as she did in Fleabag and Crashing –– or if she will simply be onboard as a writer- similar to Killing Eve and No Time To Die. The project is being held very close to the vest with nothing yet known about the cast or the plot. Will the series be along the line of the humorous and offbeat nature she is known for or will it veer off into an unknown direction?
Until more is known, fans will just have to satiate themselves with Waller-Bridge’s other projects, which are available on a wide range of streaming services.