The One Show's Jermaine Jenas can't hide his shock as Jodie Comer reveals her real accent
THE One Show host Jermaine Jenas admitted he was floored as he "didn't expect" actress Jodie Comer to have a Liverpudlian accent.
The Killing Eve star, 28, is renowned for adopting a variety of tones and languages in her role as the stunning assassin, while further telly roles have not given away her roots.
On Monday's episode of the BBC One talk show, ex footballer Jermaine confessed: "We had a brief chat before you came onto the sofa and I've watched you in many roles doing many different accents.
"Didn't expect the Scouse accent, I've got to be honest with you!
"I'm guessing you get that a lot, is that something that people ask you all the time?"
I've always had this kind of notion that if I change my accent I can kind of delve into a character deeper, but it's not the case."
Jodie, who will stick to her native accent in new Channel 4 drama Help, told how her distinctive accent was "something she had ran away from" in the past.
She added: "I feel like everyone knows that I'm from Liverpool now but it was such a joy to be able to do it."
"I've always had this kind of notion that if I change my accent I can kind of delve into a character deeper, but it's not the case.
"And It was really nice to be able to celebrate it on screen."
It was previously revealed how Jodie almost ditched her Scouse accent until Line Of Duty creator Stephen Graham, who she works with on her new telly project, urged her not to.
She told the Radio Times: "Do you know what, it’s funny because when I was much younger, when I was with another agency and really young, I don’t know where I got it from, but I thought 'I have to lose my accent'."
Thankfully, fellow Scouser Stephen, who starred in the last series of Line of Duty, convinced her not to.
She continued: "And I remember working with Stephen Graham and he was great.
"He was like, 'Don’t you dare lose your accent!' And I didn’t.
"Maybe it’s just this idea of being working class from the North West, you don’t hear those voices all the time on television.”
She also told how her twang had sparked "imposter syndrome" as the star started out early in her career.
The Emmy Award-winner told Glamour magazine: "I think it’s something that is ingrained in you without you even knowing, like Stephen Graham, I always talk about this imposter syndrome because of where you’re from."
Fellow Liverpudlian, Graham has also previously spoken out about how he felt he previously thought he "didn’t deserve" to be successful in the acting business.
Impostor syndrome refers to a psychological pattern where a person doubts their accomplishments and has an ongoing fear of being found out as a "fraud".
Comer continued: "It’s like, “Well, actually, no. You have as much right to be there as anybody else with any other kind of background.”
"But I think it is a subconscious thing."
Jodie's new drama takes place in a fictional care home in Liverpool as the coronavirus pandemic begins to affect both its staff and patients.
The story focuses on Sarah (Jodie Comer), a young care worker who forms a bond with a 47-year-old patient Tony (Stephen Graham) who has early onset Alzheimers.
Her success in establishing a rapport with Tony helps build her confidence, and restores her self belief, but when the pandemic hits in March 2020 everything Sarah has achieved is thrown into doubt.
Help provides an insight into the struggles faced by care workers and patients across the country.
Killing Eve seasons 1-3 is available to stream on BBC iPlayer now.
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