Jodie Comer ‘whisked from theatre’ after ‘worrying’ fan sparks security scare
Jodie Comer was reportedly involved in a “security scare” due to “worrying” fan behaviour after her one-person show, Prima Facie.
The Killing Eve star, 29, made her West End debut this spring with the critically praised adaption of the play by Australian playwright Suzie Miller.
Comer had so far been meeting with fans outside the Harold Pinter Theatre after each performance, however, security staff were reportedly forced to intervene when one man caused alarm on Saturday night (23 April).
According to The Sun, a man wearing a suit and carrying a bouquet of flowers was seen attempting to try and get under a shutter leading to the stage door.
Another source told Mail Online that “any security worries were settled after the CCTV was reviewed and the curbing of fan meetings is to reduce the chance of COVID infection”.
A message was later posted on the venue’s Instagram account, according to The Sun, which confirmed the Free Guy star would no longer be meeting with fans outside the venue in order “to protect Jodie as much as possible”.
One fan told the publication that, since the crowd was mostly made up of young girls, “this man was very out of place”.
“He was scrolling through images of Jodie on his phone. A few of the fans standing near him were worried by his behaviour, so they notified security staff,” they added.
Prima Facie sees Jodie Comer star as Tessa, an attorney whose career is built on defending rapists and discrediting their victims, who is then sexually assaulted herself.
Following her assault, Comer’s character finds herself at the mercy of the criminal justice system that she once used to her advantage – one that favours men and disbelieves women.
The actress’ West End debut comes after the highly controversial finale of Killing Eve, which saw fans say goodbye to Villanelle and Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) in a way they did not expect.
The final episode sparked an immediate backlash, particularly amongst viewers within the LGBT+ community.
Luke Jennings – who wrote the original books – also voiced his disappointment with the unexpected ending, but has promised that Villanelle “will be back” in a new novel.
Prima Facie will continue to run until 18 June.