TV GURU Phoebe Waller-Bridge has revealed she based Jodie Comer’s Killing Eve character Villanelle on Scary Spice Mel B.
Her show cleaned up at Sunday’s TV Baftas, bagging wins for best drama, best actress for Comer and best supporting actress for Fiona Shaw.
And Phoebe says the success is all thanks to a little zig-a-zig-ah.
Praising her pop idol for inspiring her to create the TV assassin, the Fleabag star, 33, explained: ‘She was scary, like Villanelle. Perhaps I’ve never let Scary go.
‘She [Mel B] was wild. She was out there. She didn’t care what people thought about her. She was just really cool… and wore trousers.’
Her praise for the Spice Girl came hours before Mel B spilled the horrors of her marriage to ex-hubby Stephen Belafonte in an emotional TV interview.
The 43-year-old claimed she once attempted suicide and still suffers with post-traumatic stress disorder, as a result of the ‘abusive relationship’.
‘A lot of the women did and do suffer still from PTSD and anxiety. It’s everything that I went through and am still going through,’ the Say You’ll Be There singer told ITV’s Lorraine show.
‘There is a statistic that, every week, three women take their own lives to flee that kind of relationship. I was one of the lucky ones. I did come through the other side and I am here to tell my own story,’ she added.
She urged victims: ‘It’s important to get the therapy, [to] be nice to yourself.
‘I still wake up, I did this morning, with anxiety — the shock of, “No, I am not with that person. I am fine”. I am building and healing myself.’