Liverpool actor Jodie Comer's fears over people invading her personal space

The Killing Eve star is worried at the lengths some will go to invade her personal space. Credit: PA Images

Liverpool actor Jodie Comer says she is worried about the "lengths people will go to to invade" her personal space.

In an interview with fashion magazine Elle UK, she also revealed an "unhealthy relationship" with her body as a young girl.

The Killing Eve star has seen her fame rise since starring in the hit BBC espionage thriller as Russian assassin Oksana Astankova, known as Villanelle.

The 31-year-old has followed this success with roles in historical film The Last Duel, opposite Adam Driver and Matt Damon, and Ryan Reynolds action comedy Free Guy.

Speaking to Elle UK, she said: "I love acting. I’ve had some amazing experiences.

"And, yes, these opportunities are huge and glossy, but they’re so far from the life that I live.

"Going to things for the sake of it and losing my anonymity – I really don’t enjoy that. In fact, it makes me incredibly anxious.

"I’ve had moments in my life where I don’t think you can under-estimate the lengths people will go to to invade that space.

“I think it’s important as an actor that people connect with the work and not ‘Oh, did you know yesterday she had eggs for breakfast?' "

Jodie Comer with Bikeriders co-stars Tom Hardy(left), and Austin Butler Credit: PA Images

Her latest role is in 1960s-set The Bikeriders, which also stars American actor Austin Butler and British actor Tom Hardy.

She plays Kathy, the wife of a rider, who narrates the film, as Butler takes on the role of her husband Benny.

Recalling her time on set, Comer said: "It was all men, and I could feel myself shrinking, but not because of anything that was being done. It was fascinating to witness myself doing it. I had to have a word with myself."

She also said women "have become integral to my life" over the last few years, before adding: “I think it’s all about surrounding yourself with people who can see something within you that you can’t."

Last year, Comer won a Tony Award for her one-woman play Prima Facie, which follows a British defence lawyer who ends up in the witness box after being sexually assaulted.

Jodie Comer at the Olivier Awards in London Credit: PA Images

In 2023, she also took home the Best Actress prize at the Olivier Awards.

She told the magazine she is "seeing tiny changes in people after being able to speak to loved ones about what they’ve gone through".

However, she said it is "hard to see, when there is very little positive news being reported".

Comer went on: "Growing up, I had a very unhealthy relationship with my body, and I’ve always had a tendency to hide it."

"Anything revealing or that showed my arms just wasn’t in my comfort zone. I went through periods of being consumed by what people thought of me – less so now, because I’m much more focused on myself.

Jodie Comer won Best Actress at the Olivier Awards in London for her role in Prime Facie Credit: PA Images

"I do think the play (Prima Facie) was a huge catalyst for that confidence. It was the first time I’d truly respected my body, or at least fully took time to care for and nurture it.

"I was so grateful for what it was enabling me to do, and that bled into all aspects of my life. It taught me grace."

The Bikeriders is in cinemas from 21 June 2024.