Fiona Shaw is brilliant as the third female lead in “Killing Eve”

By Nina Steele 

Fiona ShawKilling Eve certainly deserves all the praises and awards, for the simple reason that it is easily one of the best shows of recent times. Having said that, it took me a while to finally make the choice to watch it. I was skeptical about all the hype to begin with. But of course I watched it, and like the millions of people before me, completely loved it. That the storyline is slightly bonkers, does not take away from its originality. And above all, what makes the show such a hit, are the superb performances of its female leads. Fiona Shaw, a non-parent in real life, plays the role of top ranking MI6 officer Carolyn Martens.

Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer are of course the two main protagonists. Their obsession with each other has the viewers on the edge of their seats. Add to that the enigmatic and icy character of Fiona Shaw and no wonder the show has become such a hit. Fiona Shaw’s character is so impenetrable that you wonder if she is part of the whole conspiracy that underpins the show. We will have to wait for season 2, due in April, to find out.

She may be childless in real life, but in Killing Eve, Fiona Shaw is a mother, albeit one that is completely devoid of any maternal love. Her coldness toward her son, played by Sean Delaney, makes for uncomfortable viewing. Their relationship is so lacking in warmth that you wonder why she bothered to have a child at all. But of course, that’s part of what makes her character such a talking point. She is as hard as nails, and not even her child is spared.

Killing Eve is another success story in an already illustrious career for Fiona Shaw. Now aged 60, she has been an actress since the early 80s, with 2 Olivier Awards for best actress under her belt. The international success of Killing Eve means that her status has increased that much more, and introduced her to new audiences. Of her decision to be a part of the show, she said in a recent interview: “I was sent the first script, and I don’t think I’d read anything as exciting in the previous year. It was immediately brilliant. It was so unexpected”. Well I think anyone who has watched the show would agree with her on that. It is groundbraking TV and I hope season 2 lives up to expectations.

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