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Fiona Shaw for Killing Eve - Winner's Acceptance Speech, Supporting Actress, Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards in 2019

12 May 2019

Winner's acceptance speech by Fiona Shaw for Killing Eve in the Supporting Actress category

FIONA SHAW:  It's quite heavy!

Since I began to play Karen in Killing Eve, which has been probably the greatest pleasure of my life, people have begun to suspect that I am a spy.  I just want to thank the director, Harry Bradbeer, for that, because he said, "No, no, you can't play this part with an Irish accent".  

I just want to make a few thanks.  Thanks to Sally, Corinne, Lee, Sid Gentle.  Thanks to my incomparable agent, Paul Lyon-Maris.  Thank you to my beautiful cast, who I work with all the time, the gorgeous Kim and Jodie and Sandra.  And thanks to my astonishing wife, Sonali Deraniyagala, whose life inspires many more than me.  

But my final thanks, of course, is to Phoebe Waller-Bridge, whose glass-shattering genius and wayward imagination, you know, produces things out of her mind from Coke cans to rats to Russia, and all I can say is: look, Phoebe, both hands.  Extraordinary.  

Thank you very much.