Jodie Comer cuts a sophisticated figure for the Prima Facie afterparty after her West End debut

Jodie Comer cuts a sophisticated figure as she changes into a white blouse for the Prima Facie after-party – after receiving rave reviews for her West End debut

It was no surprise that Jodie Comer was beaming on Wednesday night as she attended the Prima Facie after-party, shortly after making her expected West End debut.

The actress, best known for her notorious role as Villanelle in the BBC’s Killing Eve, received rave reviews for her solo show and was due to celebrate her success at the Londoner Hotel in Leicester Square.

Cutting a sophisticated figure, the 29-year-old comedian donned a white blouse with extremely wide sleeves and tucked the garment into flattering fitted pants.

Radiant: Jodie Comer cut a very sophisticated figure for the Prima Facie afterparty at the Londoner Hotel on Wednesday night – after her West End debut received rave reviews

A pair of chunky Louboutin heels rounded things off perfectly, as did her chic bun, which left two wisps of hair framing her face.

Jodie applied a generous layer of makeup, enhanced by brown lipstick.

She was joined for photographs by a large number of crew members, including Australian-British playwright Suzie Miller.

Career milestone: The 29-year-old actress, best known for her notorious role as Villanelle in the BBC's Killing Eve, made a big impression with her solo show

Career milestone: The 29-year-old actress, best known for her notorious role as Villanelle in the BBC’s Killing Eve, made a big impression with her solo show

Classy: Thespian, 29, donned a white blouse with extremely wide sleeves and tucked the garment into flattering fitted pants

Glowing: Jodie applied a generous layer of makeup, enhanced by brown lipstick

Classy: Thespian, 29, donned a white blouse with extremely wide sleeves and tucked the garment into flattering fitted pants

Good mood: A pair of chunky Louboutin heels completed things perfectly, as did her chic bun, which left two wisps of hair framing her face

Good mood: A pair of chunky Louboutin heels completed things perfectly, as did her chic bun, which left two wisps of hair framing her face

Colleagues: She was joined for photos by a large number of crew members, including Australian-British playwright Suzie Miller (pictured right, with director Justin Martin pictured left)

Colleagues: She was joined for photos by a large number of crew members, including Australian-British playwright Suzie Miller (pictured right, with director Justin Martin pictured left)

The Liverpudlian had no shortage of support during her inaugural performance, as author Giovanni Fletcher and former BBC newsreader Emily Maitlis were among those who traveled to the West End to watch her.

Giovanni, 37, wore an eye-catching red jumper under a white shirt, while Emily, 51, wrapped herself in a pastel blue coat.

Jodie’s new venture sees her playing an idealistic young lawyer who specializes in defending rape suspects.

Trip to the theatre: The Liverpudlian was not short of support during its inaugural performance, as author Giovanni Fletcher (left) and former BBC newsreader Emily Maitlis (right) were among those who stood went to the West End to watch it

Evening: Emily, 51, wrapped in a pastel blue coat

Trip to the theatre: The Liverpudlian was not short of support during its inaugural performance, as author Giovanni Fletcher (left) and former BBC newsreader Emily Maitlis (right) were among those who stood went to the West End to watch it

Character: Jodie's new venture sees her play an idealistic young lawyer who specializes in defending rape suspects

Character: Jodie’s new venture sees her play an idealistic young lawyer who specializes in defending rape suspects

Acclaim: The Daily Mail's Patrick Marmion gave his 'fierce but forensic performance' a solid four out of five stars

Acclaim: The Daily Mail’s Patrick Marmion gave his ‘fierce but forensic performance’ a solid four out of five stars

Role: Prima Facie is a solo show by Australian-British writer Suzie Miller in which Comer plays an idealistic young lawyer who specializes in defending rape suspects.

Role: Prima Facie is a solo show by Australian-British writer Suzie Miller in which Comer plays an idealistic young lawyer who specializes in defending rape suspects.

Emotional: In a whirlwind opener, she performs her generic routine of discrediting victims to pull clients off the hook.  Blink and you miss it as she adjusts the wig and dress, rearranges her bedroom furniture into a courtroom and shakes up her flippant technique

Emotional: In a whirlwind opener, she performs her generic routine of discrediting victims to pull clients off the hook. Blink and you miss it as she adjusts the wig and dress, rearranges her bedroom furniture into a courtroom and shakes up her flippant technique

Patrick Marmion of the Daily Mail gave his “fierce but forensic performance” four out of five stars.

He wrote: “Comer wows us in a fierce but forensic performance that is told in a blizzard of rapidly changing perspectives. She brings us in as a high-flying lawyer with her native Liverpool accent and anti-Establishment attitude – at one point throwing rubbish into the public.

“But his abrupt disintegration into a feverish, ashen-faced confusion is seriously distressing. Although her performance covers an astonishing range from arrogant joy to despair and humiliation, it is the subject that dominates the evening.

Prima Facie – What’s the verdict?

THE GUARDIAN

Evaluation:

Arifa Akbar writes: “Jodie Comer’s West End stage debut is a baptism of fire in every way. A solo play about a lawyer who specializes in defending men accused of sexual assault, until she herself is assaulted, it demands a frenetic and uninterrupted physical and emotional commitment from her.

THE TELEGRAPH

Evaluation:

Dominic Cavendish writes: “The West End debut doesn’t come much more stunning than this solo tour de force from Jodie Comer.

“Her performance, lasting 100 minutes, propels her to the forefront of the stars of the scene.

“It has to be said that the 29-year-old Liverpudlian seemed unable to get his career move wrong.”

DEADLINE

Baz Bamigboye writes, “What a truly breathtaking start. Comer is phenomenal and dominates the scene.

“29-year-old Comer gives a fearless, no-holds-barred performance as Tessa, a criminal lawyer who specializes in defending rapists.”

FREE TIME

Evaluation:

Andrzej Lukowski writes, “Jodie Comer delivers a tour de force in this slightly awkward sexual assault monologue.”

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