Sandra Oh Killing Eve BBC America

Grey's Anatomy's Sandra Oh to Star in BBC America Thriller Killing Eve

Sandra Oh has a killer new role lined up.

The former Grey’s Anatomy star will play the title role in the BBC America thriller Killing Eve, the network announced Tuesday. Based on the novellas by Luke Jennings, Eve centers on two fiercely intelligent women: a psychopathic assassin named Villanelle; and a bored, desk-bound security operative named Eve (Oh), who’s suddenly pulled into the field and charged with hunting Villanelle down.

Fleabag star/creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge will write the eight-episode series, which is set to debut next year, and serve as showrunner.

This is Oh’s first series-regular role since leaving Grey’s in 2014; she earned five Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe for playing Dr. Cristina Yang. She also recurred in the third and final season of ABC’s American Crime earlier this year.

“Sandra Oh has the ability to go from wrenching to funny to total mess with a genius lightness of touch,” BBC America president Sarah Barnett said in a statement. “Phoebe’s vision is absolutely original, and Sandra is utterly perfect casting, we think, for this key role.”

Can you picture the former Cristina Yang as an assassin-hunter? Hit the comments and share your reaction to the casting.

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17 Comments
  1. Will says:

    Interested in this… and that photo of Sandra Oh is fierce!

  2. El S Boy says:

    Phoebe Waller-Bridge writing this is way more interresting than Oh staring in it !

  3. Kyle says:

    This sounds a little like Melissa McCarthy’s Spy film. Either way, Sandra Oh is awesome, kinda wish she was playing the assassin

    • Brian says:

      This sounds like it is a much more serious thriller though.

      These are some obscure books. Amazon doesn’t even carry them in print or Kindle. Just 2 of them in audiobook format.

    • Billy Bob Johnson says:

      Well, since the Villanelle series was published over a year before ‘Spy’ came out, I’d say it’s the other way around.

  4. John036 says:

    Is there any word if Phoebe Waller-Bridge will make an appearance in the show? I can just tell this is going to be fantastic with the writing power and Sandra at the top

    • Billy Bob Johnson says:

      I would guess not, since she’ll be busy writing and running the production. A cameo, at best.

  5. Luis Roman says:

    it’s about damn time! I have missed Sandra so much!

  6. Taylor says:

    OH YEAH :) looking forward to this!!

  7. Iris says:

    I will definitely follow this one.

  8. Charissa29 says:

    Sandra Oh is fabulous! I would watch her read the phone book.

  9. Sam says:

    God and Sandra O is such a babe!

  10. Joel says:

    BBC America is a confusing network. If they’re not going to feature shows from Britain, maybe they should contemplate a name change? As for the series, it sounds interesting and I will plan to check it out.

    • Billy Bob Johnson says:

      Can’t have a 24/7 British channel. Have to have alternatives to Brit TV to attract more than just Britophiles (and advertisers) to the network.

    • Hannah says:

      BBC is the parent company. Networks have spin off stations/channels all of the time that don’t have the same content as the original station. If ABC branched off into other countries, I doubt they would change their name.