The female writers behind #KillingEve3

KILLING EVE has returned to the BBC for a third season and fans are already on the edge of their seats. Who wrote Killing Eve?

PUBLISHED: 20:32, Fri, May 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 20:48, Fri, May 1, 2020

Killing Eve is back for a third series on BBC One and fans were excited to see Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh return as the two leading ladies. The story follows psychopathic assassin Villanelle (Comer) who develops an obsession with her target Eve (Oh) and a cat-and-mouse chase follows. The TV series is based on the Villanelle novels by Luke Jennings, with the series written by different female screenwriters.

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Who wrote Killing Eve?

Killing Eve is known for its powerful female cast and this is largely thanks to a succession of talented female head writers.

Jennings wrote the original series of thriller novels, which were published as e-books back in 2014, and the series was formed on the basis of the books.

In the books, Villanelle is a Russian orphan who is rescued from prison and trained as a hitwoman by the mysterious Twelve.

She grows up to become a heartless assassin who has no regard for emotions until she becomes obsessed with MI5 agent Eve Polastri.

The critically acclaimed novels were spotted by British actor and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with the first series of Killing Eve airing in 2018.

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Killing Eve: The writers of the seriesKilling Eve: Season 3 was written by Suzanne Heathcote (Image: BBC)

Killing Eve: Villanelle at the toy storeKilling Eve: Villanelle is thinking about Eve (Image: BBC)

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Emerald Fennell took over as head writer for the second series, and she is an English actress, author and screenwriter. Her work on the series earned her two nominations for the Primetime Emmy Awards.

The actress was also commissioned to write a film script for the romantic comedy Chukka, and she published her first children's fantasy book called Shiverton Hall in 2013.

She is a close friend of Waller-Bridge, who chose her to be the head writer for the second series on Killing Eve.

Her most recent work includes writing Promising Young Woman in 2019, and production began in March of that year.

In the world of acting she is known for playing Nurse Patsy Mount in Call the Midwife and Camilla Shand in The Crown.

Killing Eve: Carolyn is in denial about her sonKilling Eve: Carolyn is more vulnerable than ever (Image: BBC)

Killing Eve: Dasha trained VillanelleKilling Eve: Dasha is a new character in season 3 (Image: BBC)

Season three of Killing Eve was written by Suzanne Heathcote, who told Backstage.com she was "surprised" to have been picked for the job.

She is also a classically trained actor who spent a number of years on the stages of London before stepping back into a writing role.

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