Fiona Shaw as Carolyn Martens (Picture: BBC/Parisa Taghizadeh)**Spoilers for Killing Eve season 2 below**
Killing Eve season two landed on screens this summer with Jodie Comer, Sandra Oh and Fiona Shaw back for another run of the acclaimed espionage drama.
And Shaw, who plays MI6 boss Carolyn Martens, credits the show’s success with its refreshing portrayal of women.
‘We’ve all been brought up on endless boys doing this work and enjoying them, so it’s fantastic to have three people who are female running the good and bad of this world,’ the actress, 60, told the Daily Star.
‘It’s a joy not to play plain virtue. Women often play virtue and it’s very nice to not necessarily be good, and not necessarily be bad,’ she said.
Shaw’s character is deliberately morally ambiguous in the series, with Oh’s Eve Polastri constantly left dumbfounded by her decisions and motivations.
Viewers are also left in the dark on Carolyn’s true loyalties, as the lines between good and bad are blurred.
Who run the world (Picture: BBC/Parisa Taghizadeh)
‘The three women are not tied to a home or to husbands or sons,’ Shaw added.
‘They are tied to a vision of excitement that life can be for both genders and it’s fantastic to have that opportunity.
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‘This show looks at your biggest fears about what women might be.
‘It’s about the discomfort of a world where nothing’s sure. It’s a thriller, it is funny but it’s also disquieting.’
Killing Eve season 2 is currently streaming on the BBC iPlayer.
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