26 April 2019 20:00

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By clicking continue below and using our sites or applications, you agree that we and our third party advertisers can: Send to Email Address Your Email Address Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Email check failed, please try again Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Clear your diary and prepare to laugh a lot. The BBC Three sensation Fleabag returns for series two on March. 4. Ever since Phoebe Waller-Bridge took centre stage on our screens in 2016, I have been obsessed. Undeniably funny, completely outrageous, and with a bit of a dark side, Waller-Bridge wrote and starred as the heroine I needed. It is impossible not to see a little bit of your own life in Fleabag and, for that, I salute her. Her series of unfortunate dating escapades are a source of much amusement in Fleabag, but they've got me wondering: who is Phoebe Waller-Bridge dating IRL? I contacted a representative for Waller-Bridge to ask if she is currently dating anyone. In Dec. 2017 People magazine exclusively broke that Waller-Bridge would be getting divorced from her husband Connor Woodman. W magazine reported that Woodman, who is a documentary filmmaker, first met Waller-Bridge in 2012 when he saw her in a play. A source told People that "they've been separated for a little while now" and a representative for Waller-Bridge confirmed the split to the magazine. Since then, the Evening Standard has linked Waller-Bridge to writer and director Martin McDonagh. The publication linked the pair after she attended the screening of his massively successful film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The Evening Standard also reported that they sat near one another at the Golden Globes in Jan. 2018, and "exchanged a quick peck" when McDonagh won big. It is hardly surprising that the spotlight has been on Waller-Bridge after series one of Fleabag was such a resounding success. The phenomenal show was picked up by the BBC after it was performed by Waller-Bridge at the Edinburgh Fringe as a one-woman show. The way that Fleabag is written makes it completely addictive TV. Speaking to the Guardian about series one, Waller-Bridge said: "I write from the point of view of what I'd like to watch. I love pain." While Waller-Bridge has been the face of Fleabag, she has been open about the fact that it was her best friend and Fleabag co-creator Vicky Jones that encouraged her to first start writing writing. Vogue reported that the pair created their own theatre company, DryWrite, in 2007. Experimenting with writing, ideas, plays, and TV shows with your best friend sounds like heaven to me. Speaking about their relationship in the Guardian, Waller-Bridge said: "Everything began to make sense in my life." The pair have joined forces once more to bring series two of Fleabag to our screens, and, if you loved how raw series one was, you are in for an absolute treat. In a statement, the BBC revealed: "Alongside familiar faces — uptight sister Claire, and her alcoholic husband Martin, Fleabag find[s] herself intrigued by Godmother's new Priest. The evening comes to a tempestuous end however, when an unexpected attack brings old tensions bubbling to the surface." I can hardly wait for series two of Fleabag. While Waller-Bridge appears to prefer to keep her romantic life private (which is totally fair enough), it's clear that she has found a brilliant partner in crime in Vicky Jones. The pair created one of my favourite characters to date and I have no doubt series two is going to be just as outrageous. Fleabag is available to watch on iPlayer from 10 a.m. on March. 4, and there will be a showing of the first episode on the same day at 10:35 p.m. on BBC One. LONDON — It's really not funny, but Phoebe Waller-Bridge can't help it. When Ms. Waller-Bridge gets to the details — the woman drove a nail through her victim's skull, strangled him and chopped his body to bits — she laughs, and then she sighs: "Terrible!" Ms. Waller-Bridge, a writer and star of strange and beguiling comedic works, is tucked into a red leather booth in the lobby bar of the Soho Theater, eating a browning banana and searching for little openings to laugh about just about anything. She describes something she once did as "hilarious," and then laughs at herself for thinking she is so funny. She tells me that she loves staring into the eyeballs of a live audience, but that on TV it's like she's acting for just one big shiny eyeball, and then she laughs because she's suddenly become hyper-aware of my eyeballs. She talks like a one-woman band, always pulling some strange new sound effect out of her body. She is 33 years old and just under 6 feet tall, and when she is paired on screen with men, she must deflate herself — "PFFFST"— to let them seem big. When she laughs, her voice opens into an off-kilter melody, as if her throat has recently taken up the xylophone. If you ever have the opportunity to make her laugh — it's not hard — it will feel like she's thrown her head back and released a song just for you. Her one-woman play, "Fleabag," hit the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with such force in 2013 that it left a smoldering Phoebe-shaped crater in the comedy landscape. Almost instantly, she was enlisted to adapt "Fleabag" for TV, create and star in another sitcom, write a weirdly funny murder show, and ultimately ascend to the "Star Wars" universe, playing a mouthy droid programmed to deliver "Solo" some comic relief. Fleabag returns to BBC Three for a second season on March 4 with a major new addition to the cast. Sherlock's Andrew Scott will play a priest who Phoebe Waller-Bridge's character encounters and jolts her into seeing the world in a different way. Speaking at a screening of the series' second season, show creator and Fleabag actress Phoebe revealed she cast Andrew because of his "dangerous" energy. "Honestly, I don't think this character would exist if Andrew didn't do it," Phoebe said. "I think, in my head, Fleabag's super power in the last series was that she could sum somebody up in a second. "And this idea that there's a character she meets, and this is her priest, and she's like: 'Cool, sweary Priest – that's who he is. "And then halfway through [the first] episode, she's like, 'Oh. He's not who I thought he was'." Luckily for Phoebe, Andrew was a fan of the first season, especially the writing. "What we look for as actors is: you look for a real autograph on writing," he said. "You want a real, clear vision. I think that's why Fleabag was so important, not just to women, but just to anyone who's interested in [that]. But just about what's maybe said less about Phoebe's work, which is how human it is. "I think in this series, it develops in the most extraordinary way." BBC Describing how she created the character of a priest, Phoebe revealed: "We were juggling ideas around, and talking about characters – new characters – and just the journey she has to go on. "Eventually, this idea of this priest appeared. My first instinct was: 'No. It almost feels too obvious that someone like Fleabag would come up against someone so opposite to her'. And then the idea just didn't go away. And it just wouldn't go away, the idea of this man, and the idea that he could be a match for Fleabag, as well as be someone who is so different from her." Fleabag series 2 launches on BBC Three on Monday, March 4 at 10am, with episode one airing that evening on BBC One at 10.35pm. 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