Solo: A Star Wars Story star, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, has discussed the incredible year she has had when picking up BAFTA’s Britannia award for British artist of the year.
Waller-Bridge kicked off her speech by saying that “this has been the most extraordinary year of my life.” She acknowledged that she had a lot of people to thank but said that she would “roll them all up into one” by focusing on a collaborator who she’s worked particularly closely with.
She thanked Jenny Robins, “the woman who’s been with me every step of the way.” She added, “she’s been a sounding board, a structure machine, and a fantastic friend.” She joked that the one piece of writing she hadn’t sent Robins was the speech she was delivering.
Waller-Bridge then told a story of finishing writing and revising the second season of Fleabag at Robins’ family home in the countryside and “going mad” until a series of hornets bothered and interrupted them and they had to chase the hornets out of the house. “The next day we woke up and completely cracked the story… They shook everything up and solved everything, which is basically what Jenny did for me. So thank you, Jenny, my story hornet,” she said. She then dedicated the award to Robins.
“I’m so lucky to make the work that I’ve dreamed of making,” she concluded.
Waller-Bridge has picked up six Emmys for Fleabag, and Killing Eve, on which Waller-Bridge is a creator and executive producer, won best drama actress for Jodie Comer.