North London actor Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Downward Dog), has booked a series-regular role in Killing Eve, BBC America’s eight-episode dramatic thriller series written by Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge. She will star opposite Sandra Oh.

Killing Eve is based on the Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings and centers on two women; Eve (Oh) is a bored, whip-smart, pay-grade security services operative whose desk-bound job doesn’t fulfill her fantasies of being a spy. Villanelle (Jodie Comer) is an elegant, talented killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her. These two fiercely intelligent women, equally obsessed with each other, go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse.

Howell-Baptiste will play Elena, Eve’s (Oh) deadpan assistant, but they act more like a team than superior and subordinate.

Howell-Baptiste has appeared in Showtime comedy House of Lies, IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang!, and is a recurring character on the Netflix series LOVE. She was also a series regular on the ABC show Downward Dog.

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