Tue. Mar 31st, 2020

Phoebe Waller-Bridge talks about where the inspiration for ‘Fleabag’ came from

Phoebe Waller-Bridge talks about where the inspiration for 'Fleabag' came from

Our love for Fleabag will never pass.

Nor will our love of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s incisive and daring writing which infused realism and complexity into one of the most interesting female characters we’ve seen on our screens in years.

But like, where did the character of Fleabag actually come from?

In a special episode of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Waller-Bridge chatted to broadcaster Jenni Murray about the inspiration behind the character.

Murray asked the question that many of us have ruminated on after watching Waller-Bridge’s Emmy-award winning series: “Who is Fleabag?”

“When I was in my twenties and I was feeling quite cynical, when I was standing on the precipice of being too cynical or becoming a little bit depressed about the pressures of society, and starting to wake up to the reality of the pressures that women are under — men as well, but particularly women — I felt that if I looked down over the precipice, into the chasm below, at the bottom was Fleabag wearing lipstick and looking up at me,” said Waller-Bridge. …

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