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     Eve Polastri 

Eve Polastri

Played By: Sandra Oh

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"Frankly, I don't give a shit anymore. She is outsmarting the smartest of us, and for that, she deserves to do or kill whoever the hell she wants. I mean, if she's not killing me, then, frankly, it's not my job to care anymore."

One of series' two co-leads. Eve is a bored, desk-bound MI5 security services officer with a fascination with female assassins.


  • Ambiguously Bi: Bill suggests Eve is bi because of how she recalls Villanelle, despite not showing any real inclination toward women. By the end of Season 1, nearly everyone is assuming Eve is crushing on Villanelle. And in the final scene Eve appears to be seriously contemplating giving into Villanelle's advances and she also gives Jess a foot massage in the office.
  • Badass Boast: To Villanelle, while at knifepoint: "I am gonna find the thing you care about... and I am gonna kill it." It loses a lot of its weight, however, when her husband comes home seconds later and Eve immediately starts sobbing and begging her not to do anything.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Eve wanted a little excitement in her life and her job and she got both after being recruited into Carolyn's task force to chase down a psychopathic killer. Now her friend is dead and she's being stalked by said killer, who knows where Eve lives.
  • Berserk Button: Bill’s death is a sensitive topic for Eve to the extent that she attempted to stab Villanelle during dinner when she treated it with levity, and threatening someone that she’ll throw them out the window if they made a mockery of his death by making a joke.
  • Bile Fascination: Eve has this for female assassins and serial killers, even to the point where she actually gave how she might murder her husband some serious thought.
    Eve: I'd paralyse you with saxitoxin and suffocate you in your sleep, chop you into the smallest bits I can manage, boil you down, put you in a blender, then take you to work in a flask and flush you down a restaurant toilet.
  • But Not Too Foreign: She speaks with an American accent and was raised in Connecticut, but it is stated that she was born in England.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Seems to take them off whenever she's indoors and at one point even walks around the office barefoot.
  • Designated Hero: In Season 2, she comes across as this. She's becoming so unpredictable and nasty to those she cares about and she barely even cares about catching Villanelle anymore.
  • Enemy Eats Your Shepherd's Pie: In "I Have A Thing About Bathrooms," Villanelle invades Eve's home just to have dinner with her.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Feels this way about Villanelle.
  • Fair Cop: Subverted. Not that Sandra Oh is in any way unattractive, but Eve is not portrayed as a sexpot. Doesn't seem to stop her from catching Villanelle's eye, though.
  • Fake American: The Canadian Sandra Oh plays the British-born American Eve Polastri.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: While Eve is bored and unfulfilled at the beginning of the series, she seems genuinely surprised when she realises how violent and alienated she's become.
  • Hollywood Homely: The attractive 40-plus year old Sandra Oh plays Eve, who according to the book, is a frumpy, supposedly semi-attractive 40-plus year old woman with a fairly bad taste in clothing. This may be a case of Adaptational Attractiveness to be fair.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: If she is indeed into Villanelle. Apparently, she never considered herself as being into women at all before meeting her, but she admits that she is attracted to her.
  • Ignored Expert: Eve was convinced that the string of unattributed murders was the work of a single female assassin. She is correct, but with the exception of Carolyn nobody believed her, and accused Eve of merely adding a little spice to an otherwise boring job.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Several times, notably when she loses Villanelle in "The Hungry Caterpillar."
  • In Love with Your Carnage: With Villanelle's, although not as overly as Aaron Peele: she describes a lot of Villanelle's murders as beautiful and intelligent, which Villanelle loves.
  • Improbable Weapon User: She uses a toilet brush to try and defend herself from Villanelle. Suffice to say Villanelle was a little nonplussed as to why, and with Aaron Peele's letter opener in the Season 2 finale.
  • It's Personal: Despite her fascination with assassins it becomes this after Villanelle murdered her friend.
  • Jumped at the Call: When Carolyn invites her to head up a task force dedicated to hunting Villanelle, her response is, essentially, "Hell yes!"
  • Kick the Dog: In Season 2 onwards, she gets more and more of these.
    • Telling Kenny bluntly to leave it when he reminds her of Bill and warns her not to take the job.
    • Leaving Hugo behind after he gets shot, as he begs her not to, to find Villanelle instead.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Although she did work in intelligence, she has never done anything remotely as dangerous or high-stakes as the Villanelle case.
  • The Nicknamer: Eve decides to call the assassin she is chasing “Villanelle” after a bottle of La Villanelle perfume that was sent to her, though she was unaware that Villanelle was her actual codename.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: With Villanelle, she is completely obsessed and more than a little infatuated with her danger and violence.
  • Not So Different: Villanelle lampshades this but whether it's fully true remains to be fully seen.
    Like us, you mean.
  • Oh, Crap!: Twice in "I Have A Thing About Bathrooms," the first during a terrifying close call with Villanelle, and again when Villanelle invades her home while she was alone.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": The PIN to unlock her phone is 1-2-3-4.
  • Properly Paranoid: She's always right about Villanelle's Manipulative Bitch tendencies, no matter how spurious it seems.
  • Race Lift: The books' Eve is a white Englishwoman. The TV Eve is Asian-Canadian, and played by Sandra Oh.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: When she decides to try on one of the dresses Villanelle sent her.
  • Slowly Slipping Into Evil: She comes across this way during parts of Season 2.
  • Thrill Seeker: Eve longs for a thrill, but when she gets it, she finds out she can't quite deal with it as she hoped.
  • Worthy Opponent: She and Villanelle are this to each other, even if Villanelle is usually a step ahead.
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     Villanelle 

Villanelle/Oksana Astankova

Played By: Jodie Comer

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"I'm going to kill you nicely. But then I'm going to make a mess of your body afterward so it looks worse than it is."

The series' other protagonist. Villanelle is a talented killer-for-hire who clings to the luxuries her violent profession affords to her.


  • And I Must Scream: In Season Two, she admits most of her entire existence is this. She feels nothing and is perpetually bored and listless, and doesn't understand why everyone else seems genuinely happy. She buys something she wants? Suddenly, she doesn't want it anymore. She kills someone? She doesn't still doesn't feel anything. She wakes up in the morning? Her first thought is, "I have to do this again?" Villanelle feels almost no true emotions, has no genuine connection to most people, and gains no real, lasting pleasure from anything she does, and this is how she feels all the time. Even her enjoyment of her job seems to come more from the fact that it's a break from all the monotony than anything. This revelation leads to what is probably the most heartwarming and most honest thing Villanelle has ever said to Eve.
    Villanelle: I feel things when I'm with you.
  • Attention Whore: One of Villanelle's worst traits is her desperate need for attention.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Not all of her nice clothes are dresses. She wears a beautiful patterned suit to kill Bill in.
  • Bi the Way: Villanelle is up for having sex with both genders, but has only been shown to become infatuated with women.
  • Big Eater: Villanelle loves her food and is particularly fond of sweets, going so far as to put honey on the sausages that she’s cooking on a pan.
  • Book Dumb: Played with in Season 2. Villanelle is an extremely talented and resourceful assassin, but her cover gets blown quickly with Aaron Peele because she can't be bothered to read the book Eve gave her.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Although she does pretend to be moral and innocent in normal life, her tendency to be this is one of her biggest flaws. She likes to kill ostentatiously and elaborately, which draws attention when it shouldn't. Konstantin calls her out for this multiple times.
  • The Charmer: Villanelle is capable of being very charming, and uses that fact to get close to her victims, faking kindness, friendliness, and innocence effortlessly. Her actual personality is quite different.
  • Cute But Psycho: As her outfits are designed to accentuate, Villanelle can look very cute when she wants to.
  • Dark Action Girl: A trained assassin who is also a sociopath and has a dark, mysterious past.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The show flirts with the idea that Villanelle has one, that would make her more sympathetic or explain why she is how she is. In episode 1.05, Eve says, "I know something happened to you." Ultimately it is Subverted—her background wasn't great, no, but nothing "made her" this way.
    Ideas At Play: Maybe Villanelle has a tragic backstory that will explain everything? She doesn't, and if she did, it wouldn't change anything. Eve—and we as an audience—keep expecting something in this equation to change. Either Villanelle will become less likable and cross some kind of line, or we will come to understand this tortured soul and save her. But Killing Eve isn't interested in playing that game. It has put all of its cards out on the table. Villanelle will always be likable and enjoyable. She can't cross a line because she's already way too far past it.
  • Depraved Bisexual: She has sex with both men and women, but only becomes obsessed with women.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: A major part of Villanelle’s M.O. As a woman, she’s the least likely person to be suspected of being an assassin. This is intentional according to the creator to demonstrate that psychopaths are walking among the people.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": She dislikes being called by her real name, Oksana.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Often literally in leather pants, Villanelle is a seductive, attractive, and vicious psychopath.
  • The Dreaded: The Ghost refers to her as “The Demon with No Face”. It is an allusion to Korean folklore known as the “Egg Ghost”, the faceless demon and the most fearsome spirit who brings death to anyone who faces them with no rhyme and reason. Villanelle may not kill out of nowhere and is quite deliberate in her killings but she’s certainly not one to be reasoned with when she’s intent on murder.
  • Enemy Eats Your Shepherd's Pie: In "I Have A Thing About Bathrooms," Villanelle invades Eve's home just to have dinner with her.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She's absolutely mortified when she's mistaken for a pedophile.
  • Fake Brit: In-universe. Villanelle can do a very good posh British accent. This is also put on Comer, who speaks with a Liverpool accent in real life.
  • Fake Russian: The English Jodie Comer plays the Russian Villanelle.
  • The Fashionista: According to Jodie Comer, since Villanelle doesn’t have friends, family or routine, she uses clothes to express herself and to finally have the life that she’s always wanted in order to dissociate herself from the difficulties she experienced in her early life.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She can be funny, friendly, and charming, but as her interactions with Anna showed us, even with those she claims to love most, these emotions can fade quickly and she will become just as ruthless and dangerous with them. Often, this doesn't even need to be the case; despite her obsession with Eve, she refuses to spare Bill, though she could easily have gotten away from him.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: Villanelle is beautiful and she knows it; she's also highly intelligent, manipulative, and a formidable fighter. Whenever her skills are questioned, she makes up for it swiftly and woe to the person who incurred her wrath.
  • Groin Attack: She killed her first victim by castrating him. She also did the same to Frank in "I Have A Thing About Bathrooms."
  • Has a Type/Likes Older Women: As evidenced by Eve and Anna, her old language teacher, it appears that Villanelle has a thing for awkward, smart, older women with thick, wavy hair. The physical traits are particularly emphasized with the woman whom she had pretend was Eve (1.03), and women on the street who she checks out (1.01 and 1.02). As well, another factors seems to be that Eve and Anna both payed lots of attention to Villanelle, which she clearly enjoys. When Eve goes to visit Anna, Anna explicitly tells Eve as she leaves:
    Anna: Now be careful. You're her type.
  • The Hedonist: Every time she comes home from a successful hit she is seen always treating herself to designer clothing, expensive sweets or something else fancy.
  • Humble Goal:
    Eve: What do you want? Honestly—don't be a dick.
    Villanelle: Normal stuff. Nice life. Cool flat. Fun job. Someone to watch movies with.
  • It Amused Me: Villanelle would kill even if she didn't have to, as we learn, and when she has an advantage, she finds certain ways of killing funny.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Fashionable: Villanelle steals Eve's luggage, then returns the bag—now full of personally-selected designer clothes and shoes. After that, she spies on Eve trying on a dress. Unbeknownst to Eve, Villanelle picks her out and leaves her a belt to match.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Villanelle always wears very beautiful clothes, even when she's on a job, unless she needs to wear a uniform (such as in the prison).
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: Villanelle is actually a codename, revealed in one episode to be a brand of perfume. It is also revealed in a later episode that her real name is Oksana Astankova. (Amusingly, Eve decides to name her "Villanelle" all on her own after she receives a bottle of perfume from her.)
  • Leitmotif: This song is probably the closest thing to this for her.
  • Love Makes You Evil: While she had a history of violence prior, Villanelle's first victim was her language teacher's husband, whom she killed and castrated because she was in love with his wife.
  • Mask of Sanity: Villanelle has no trouble blending in with others (such as the boy she meets in Paris) despite the fact that she's a sadistic, extremely violent assassin who needs to kill.
  • Master of Disguise: Villanelle loves to dress up to commit her murders.
  • Polyglot: She can speak Russian (though she refuses to when she has the choice), English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, and is currently learning Mandarin.
  • The Power of Acting: In addition to being fluent in multiple languages, Villanelle can do a perfect accent (English, Scottish, American, French, Italian) and it helps her to get close to her many victims.
  • Professional Killer: She's an assassin. Though she'd probably be killing either way.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: To Anna. It's mentioned numerous times that she continued to write Anna letters for years after she went to prison for killing Anna's husband.
  • Psycho Lesbian: She may be bisexual, but she appears to have a stronger preference toward women. Also, she's a total psychopath complete with Slasher Smile.
  • Psychopathic Woman Child: As shown in her interactions with Irina (Konstantin’s daughter), Villanelle is this at her core: a petulant child who throws tantrums, screams, and reacts immaturely when frustrated, doesn’t get what she wants, or perceives that someone is actively putting obstacles on what she wants to do.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Villanelle delivers a chilly one to Bill, right before she turns the tables on him and kills him.
  • Really Gets Around: She’s a woman who’s characterized by her big appetite. That includes having her bed as a rotation of beautiful men and women.
  • Sadist: Villanelle rarely just kills her victims, instead preferring some pretty slow and horrific methods of assassination such as making an asthmatic asphyxiate to death after convincing her to try on poisoned perfume, or forcing a man to breathe in carbon monoxide while he is strapped helpless to a table.
    Villanelle: You know I like the breathy ones!
    • Even more disturbing is that she enjoys watching the life slowly fade from her victims' eyes, too.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Although money isn't Villanelle's only motivation, it is one of her major ones.
  • The Sociopath: Complete lack of empathy? Check. Highly immature at times, and often does what she does For the Evulz as much as she does for the money? Check. Able to convince an ex-girlfriend to turn on her partner, promise her a life she deserved and then crush her under her car, all in the same scene? Check.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Villanelle develops as one for Eve, going as far as stealing her clothes, spying on her and asking a female sexual partner with similar thick wavy hair if she can call her 'Eve.'
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'8".
  • Suppressed Mammaries: How she hides her identity with her first in-series kill.
  • Sweet Tooth: Villanelle treats herself to ice cream and values high quality pastries, such that she barely managed to hide her dislike of the heated fruitcake served by Frank’s mother.
  • Troll: Villanelle takes pride in getting under people’s skin as much in her ability to charm and win them over.
  • The Unfettered: Villanelle is completely unfazed by any block in her way, including being stabbed in the stomach, surrounded by arm guards, and nearly killed will ever stop her. She doesn’t abide by any rules of society or any moral principle. She merely sees them as an interesting hurdle to ignore and something to actively subvert for no deeper reason that she sees herself as someone with no limits.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: So far, both of her major crushes on the show are generally moral, innocent older women (Anna and Eve).
  • Villainous Crush: Villanelle has got it bad for Eve, and isn't shy about showing it.
  • Villain Protagonist: We see as much of her as we see of Eve.
  • Wicked Cultured: Stylish clothes, a fancy (if messy) Parisian apartment, an appetite for designer products and nice food, taste for classical music and able to speak several languages? Villanelle sure qualifies.
  • Woman Of Wealth And Taste: Her job pays her very well, judging from her designer wardrobe, gorgeous apartment, and taste for fine food.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She'll certainly drag them into her assassinations and kidnap them, at least. Given her psychopathy, it's unlikely she sees children any more as people than she does adults.

Characters Associated with Eve

     Carolyn Martens 

Carolyn Martens

Played By: Fiona Shaw

"They all think we're having affairs before they think we're secret agents."

A member of MI6 and the leader of a secret task force she set up with the purpose of tracking down and catching the assassin known as Villanelle.


  • Abusive Parents: Played with. She doesn't actually hurt Kenny yet but she says that she doesn't love him that much (to Konstanin's horror). She is shown to be emotionally distant, emotionally negligent and is domineering towards him that despite his gift for hacking which makes him employable, he is dependent on her emotionally and financially which makes him answer to her beck and call and doesn’t allow him to subvert her even if he objects to her actions. He is also admits to be frightened of her.
  • The Ace: She is famous for her heroism as a member of MI-6.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: You wouldn't think at first glance that the quiet, 50-something woman who might have been your next door neighbour would actually be a ruthless spymaster, would you?
  • Big Entrance: One reviewer pointed out that Carolyn has an interesting variant on this, in that she has a habit of dramatically waiting in rooms which Eve is about to enter: there’s always a shot of Carolyn standing ominously in front of a fireplace or sitting at a table with her eyes closed, although Eve is the one who actually enters, usually nervous and flustered.
  • Cool Old Lady: Both Eve and Elena think she is this for different reasons: Eve, because Carolyn was the first to believe her and Elena because she is her biggest fan.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Emphasis on the deadpan, but she has a few drily humourous lines here and there.
  • Dirty Old Woman: At times gives the impression of being obsessed with sex. Also does anyone actually know what a "butterfly bead" is? Does anyone want to know? Thought not.
  • Evil Counterpart: Amazingly, to Konstanin (and also a Distaff Counterpart). Both Konstanin and Carolyn are ruthless killers (when they need to be), ex-lovers, and secret agents. But Konstanin adores his wife and daughters and even Villanelle. Carolyn says that she was always careful not to love Kenny too much, to Konstanin's visible shock.
  • Evil Mentor: Somewhat. She's more or less extremely unpredictable (which is a necessity in her job) but she will behave coldly and ruthlessly when she needs to.
  • Expansion Pack Past: We know she had many missions across the globe, but we only ever really hear about her trips to Russia.
  • Iron Lady: Zigzagged. She is a no nonsense leader when she's in London, but in Russia she tangles with two of her former boyfriends and is clearly enjoying being back in Moscow. Several rounds of strong alcohol certainly help matters. However, when she and Eve visit the prison where Nadia is, she is back to her professional self.
  • Kavorka Woman: Certainly not ugly but definitely not an example of Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have! either; she probably gets around more than anyone else on the show, including Villanelle!
  • Never Mess with Granny: Although she is in her fifties, Carolyn is extremely component and extremely experienced.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a fancy fur hat throughout the trip to Russia, and looks damn good in it.
  • Power Hair: A powerful M16 agent with short dark hair.
  • The Quiet One: She only has a handful of lines in each episode, sometimes she only speaks one or two lines in the scene she's in. She also never raises her voice at anyone but it's clear to the rest of the task force that whenever she opens her mouth it would be wise to listen to her.
  • Really Gets Around: To Eve's shock. It comes out piece by piece that Carolyn has had (and in some cases, still is having) sex with Vlad, Konstantin, and the Nigerian ambassador as well as having had 3 husbands in the past.
  • Renowned Selective Mentor: She chooses Eve and is a famed saviour of the world.
  • Saved The World: Carolyn is said to have done this on several occasions.
  • Secretly Related: Kenny is introduced as Carolyn's hacker; we (and Eve) later learn he's her son, too.
  • The Spymaster: Is basically this for her secret task force, and she is essentially The Handler for Eve in general even to the point of meeting her in some pretty public places such as stores and butcher's shops to discuss work. She has also been mentioned to have cultivated one of MI6’s most valuable assets when she was a young agent in Moscow.
  • Tranquil Fury: Even when very angry with Eve, she remains outwardly calm and unflustered. She says being angry actually makes her tired and when Eve leaves the room she yawns.

     Bill Pargrave 

Bill Pargrave

Played By: David Haig

Eve's colleague and closest friend, Bill is a weary MI5 security officer whose wife and newborn child have run him to the ground. When Eve proposes he join her in a secret assassin tracking unit with MI6, he discovers he may have some life left in him yet.


  • The Beard: Although they do have sex on occasion (when the conditions are right), Bill's marriage to his wife is one of convenience as both wanted a child. Interestingly, while he doesn't advertise that he was actually bi, Bill didn't care if anyone knew.
  • Bury Your Gays: The episode where we find out Bill is gay? It's the same one he dies in.
  • Dead Friend Motivation: Provides this for Eve after Villanelle kills him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Probably the snarkiest member of the cast.
  • Fatal Family Photo: Sort of. The audience is introduced to Bill's lovely baby, and some of his personal backstory. Of course, he doesn't make it to the next episode.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: After his death in Season 1, Eve wants to avenge Bill but she more or less forgets about it in Season 2, to the point that when Kenny brings it up as a reason he doesn't trust Villanelle, Eve effectively fires him on the spot.
  • Jumped at the Call: He was already fully ready and willing to resign (and call Frank a dick-swab) for Eve's sake, and he doesn't hesitate when she invites him to the task force.
  • Marriage of Convenience: Bill is in one of these because both of them wanted a child. It's even mentioned by Bill that his wife has her own "arrangements."
  • Really Gets Around: Implied. It's pretty telling that an old colleague of his would call him an old tart. He then later explains that he lived in Germany for eight years and said yes to everything for five of them. Take from that what you will.
  • Sacrificial Lion: His death serves as the moment that really commits Eve to finding and hurting Villanelle.
  • Straight Gay: Much to the surprise of Eve, despite working with him for ten years.
  • Undying Loyalty: When Eve is fired from MI5 Bill is the first to quit alongside her. Though he claims he just wanted an excuse to call his boss a "dick-swab," to which Eve beat him to it. And again when he decides to follow a dangerous assassin on his own when he sees that she was following Eve. Sadly this got him killed.

     Elena Felton 

Elena Felton

Played By: Kirby Howell-Baptiste

Another one of Eve's colleagues in MI5. When Eve is recruited into the secret task force, Elena is the first to jump ship and join her—all for the opportunity to be close to Carolyn Martens, her idol.


  • Ambiguously Bi: She has a bit of Ship Tease with Kenny, but also doesn't deny it when Eve says she has a crush on Carolyn.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Maybe not quite at the level of Bill, but she's got some pretty good moments when it comes to the snark. She may possibly take on the mantle of snarkiest character after Bill's murder, however.
  • Fangirl: Elena is one of these toward Carolyn, and she's a big enough fan that Eve straight up says that Elena had a crush on her.
  • Hero-Worshipper: To Carolyn.
    Elena: MI-6 Russia Desk. I'd nail a cousin to work with that woman. Stone-cold badass.
  • Jumped at the Call: Eve only has to mention Carolyn's name to get Elena to resign from MI5 and come join the task force.
  • Only Sane Man: After Bill dies, she's easily the most functional and levelheaded of the main characters.
  • Put on a Bus: Doesn't appear in Season 2 because "she doesn't want to get murdered".
  • Sassy Black Woman: Will tell Eve the truth, no matter what.
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     Kenny Stowton 

Kenny Stowton

Played By: Sean Delaney

Kenny is a bonafide computer whiz and gamer, low on social skills but brilliant at what he does. Kenny works in the task force as their hacker and general information gatherer. He is also Carolyn's son.


     Niko Polastri 

Niko Polastri

Played By: Owen McDonnell

Eve's husband. Niko is a Polish maths teacher and Bridge tutor who worries about his wife's new job. He has an aversion to violence, and can’t understand Eve’s fascination with darkness and criminality.


  • But Not Too Foreign: He is Polish but according to his backstory he was born in England.
  • Fake Pole: The Polish Niko Polastri is played by the Irish Owen McDonnell.
  • Morality Pet: Seems to keep trying to be one to Eve, although it doesn't really work, especially in Season 2.
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest characters in the main cast. Also, the most boring.
  • Non-Action Guy: He has no interest in physically defending himself, even when Villanelle appears to threaten him both in Oxford and at home.
  • Only Sane Man: Often represents this to the cast in general as he genuinely appears pretty appalled by the violence and cruelty Eve indulges.
  • Pacifist: Niko has a strong aversion to violence, and though he perhaps can’t admit it to himself he prefers it if his wife is working in a boring desk job than in close proximity to danger.
  • Plot Armor: Unusually, recognised in-universe by Villanelle. She'd like nothing more than to kill him, like she did with Max, her teacher's husband, but she knows Eve would never forgive her so she kills Gemma instead.
  • Porn Stache: And boy is Niko's truly glorious. Villanelle at one point says he looks like "someone put a moustache on some fudge."
  • Ron the Death Eater: He's not popular for being much more moral than Eve. Although he does cheat on her, he only bites back after being mistreated.
  • Rule of Empathy: Played with. Niko is not that popular due to being one of the main obstacles between Villanelle and Eve, but in universe, Villanelle recognises he has to survive because it would be a Moral Event Horizon for her in Eve's eyes.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: In the first series he has a normal London accent but come Season 2 and he's inexplicably speaking with a posh upper class accent.

     Frank Haleton 

Frank Haleton

Played By: Darren Boyd

"Thank you for giving us your Saturdays. Turns out people are still murderous bastards on the weekend."

Eve and Bill's superior within MI5. Also, a mole for (who he thought was) the Russians. Also, a dick-swab.


  • Asshole Victim: The guy was that much of a dick it's unlikely anybody cared that Villanelle killed him.
  • Dead Guy on Display: Frank is found at his safe house after Villanelle chopped his knob off and dressed his corpse in one of the dresses she bought Eve. It was likely this was done to send Eve a message.
  • Groin Attack: How he was killed by Villanelle.
  • I Have a Family: Pleads like this to Villanelle, who is predictably unmoved.
  • Jerkass: Yeah... let's just say there's a reason Eve and Bill both think he's a dick-swab. Nobody else really thought much of him either.
  • The Mole: He was being paid to leak confidential information to persons whom he believed were agents of the Russian SVR.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: He really didn't want Eve to investigate the murders she was convinced was the work of a single assassin, to the point where he lied about the existence of evidence that disproved her theories. Possibly because he was working for people other than MI5, who may not have wanted anyone to investigate further.
  • Protagonist Centred Morality: Frank is a petty dick, but it's also not very nice to watch Eve and Bill laughing over the fact that they didn't realise his wife had died.

     Hugo 

Hugo

Played By: Edward Bluemel

Eve's new co-worker.

  • Anything That Moves: He constantly makes crude sexual jokes, and he has sex with Eve.
  • Disney Death: At the end of Season 3, he seems to be shot by Villanelle's people, and begs Eve to stay with him when she finds him. She ignores him and that's...the last we see of him in that season.
  • Evil Counterpart: He's a Replacement Goldfish to Kenny, but unlike Kenny, he's very smooth and kind of a dick.
  • Foil: To Kenny.
  • Upper-Class Twit: He's a Cambridge and Eton graduate who isn't the sharpest tool in the shed.

    Jess 

Jess

Played by: Nina Sosanaya

Eve's new boss, another recruit of Carolyn's.

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    Gemma 

Gemma

Played By: Emma Pierson

A teacher at Nico's school.

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She is ridiculously complimentary to Eve, but as Eve rightly susses, only so she can worm her way in with Nico.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: Not in actuality, but she has a cat and Villanelle lampshades this trope.
  • Dies Wide Open: We don't actually know if she died like that, but her eyes are wide open when Niko finds her body.
  • Disposable Love Interest: To Nico, although whether he actually has feelings for her or is just using her as a Living Emotional Crutch after the breakdown of his marriage to Eve is a mystery.
  • Everyone Can See It: That she has a crazy crush on Nico.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: We don't see how Villanelle kills her, but we do see her body afterwards, and it's pretty gruesome looking.

Characters Associated with Villanelle

     Konstantin Vasiliev 

Konstantin Vasiliev

Played By: Kim Bodnia

Villanelle's handler, Konstantin is a Russian intelligence agent who recruits and runs assassins for a shadowy organisation known only as The Twelve, telling them who to kill and then paying them after the deed is done.


  • Affably Evil: So far. He is unfailingly polite and funny to Eve, even after she's figured out his huge secret. Even after Villanelle shot him he was still willing to (mostly) let it go and move on.
  • Driven to Suicide: At gunpoint. Not that it worked out for Villanelle.
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: If you believe that he loves Villanelle, as he tells her he does. He also seems well-loved by his daughter and wife.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When Konstantin tries to rein Villanelle back from her obsession with Eve Polastri, she responds by subtly threatening his daughter. He is shocked that she actually knew he had a child and that she knew where she was to threaten her.
    • He also says that he genuinely loves Villanelle and goes to great lengths to help her out, despite the fact that she shot him.
  • Evil Mentor: Deconstructed. While he is Villanelle's mentor in murder (and trained her, as Eve figures out), Villanelle has done plenty of evil without Konstanin, and he mostly just gave her an outlet for it.
  • Evil Old Folks: He looks like somebody's favourite uncle, but he is a Russian intelligence agent that runs a network of assassins for The Twelve.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He says this more or less verbatim: "To dignity in death!" Ultimately subverted, however, as Konstantin was merely pretending. However, he nevertheless does seem totally willing to do so at any given moment, which is necessary in his profession.
  • The Fagin: He recruited and trained Villanelle, who was in prison as a teenager at the time.
  • Family Man: He was one before, and his family goes into protection in Season 2 which devastates him.
  • Friendly Enemy: To everyone - he's funny and polite to Eve even after she's discovered his secret connection to The Twelve, and he of course stays this to Villanelle even when she's trying to kill him.
  • The Handler: He is this for Villanelle, Nadia, Diego and perhaps more.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Killing him off at the end of Season 1. They don't.
  • Not Quite Dead: Villanelle shoots him in the heart at the end of Season 1. And he survives with apparently no physical effects.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • When Villanelle makes a thinly veiled threat to him about the daughter she wasn't supposed to know he has.
    • And again in "I Have A Thing About Bathrooms":
    Villanelle: What number are you? [...] You're not Twelve.
    Konstantin: Oh, dear.
  • Papa Wolf: He's very protective of his daughter, begs Villanelle with dignity not to kill them, and is only determined to be reunited with them in Season 2.
  • Parental Substitute: Konstantin is possibly the closest thing Villanelle has to family. Not that it ever stopped her from openly defying him and threatening his child.
  • Pragmatic Villain: Konstantin is not a psychopath, he’s more pragmatic and self-interested than that. He merely does whatever he needs to survive.
  • So Proud of You: He says this to Villanelle even as she is forcing him to commit suicide by pills. Doesn't stop him from throwing a whisky glass in her face and giving her the finger.
  • Wild Card: Who's side is Konstantin on? Even he doesn't really seem to know, or maybe just doesn't care.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Villanelle.

     Nadia 

Nadia

Played By: Olivia Ross

A Russian assassin in the employ of Konstantin, sent with her boyfriend Diego and Villanelle to eliminate a member of British Intelligence. She is also Villanelle's ex-girlfriend.
  • Amicable Exes: Averted like hell. The first thing Nadia does upon seeing Villanelle is try to kill her.
  • Bi the Way: Diego's current girlfriend and Villanelle's former girlfriend.
  • Depraved Bisexual: An assassin that was in a relationship with Villanelle and is now in a relationship with Diego.
  • The Dog Bites Back: As evidenced by her killing of Diego.
  • Domestic Abuse: It's implied by her behaviour and the small flinches she gives whenever Diego touches her that the relationship she has with him is an abusive one.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: She was crushed under Villanelle's car in the same episode she was introduced. Twice. And she survived.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Yes, Nadia. Trust the woman you knew, quite intimately, and hated enough to try to kill her on sight not to run you over with her car. What could possibly go wrong?
  • Psychotic Love Triangle: Set up to be in one of these between herself, Diego and Villanelle. Subverted when she kills Diego and is then later crushed under a car by Villanelle.

     Irina Vasiliev 

Irina Vasiliev

Played By: Yuli Lagodinsky

Konstantin's beloved daughter. By his description, she's amazing... but annoying. So, so annoying.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Even Konstantin agrees she can be pretty hard to deal with.
  • Daddy's Girl: It's clear Konstantin adores her.
  • Little Miss Badass: Well, not many tween girls would respond to being kidnapped by a psychopath with annoying the crap out of her. She also shows remarkably little fear, given the situation.
  • Little Miss Snarker: As Villanelle finds out the hard way.
  • Mafia Princess: She appears to have a pretty comfortable life, thanks to Daddy's work with the Twelve. It's unclear if she knows exactly what he does, but she does seem to know it's something illegal.
  • Morality Pet: Konstantin genuinely loves her, and seems to be a genuinely pretty good father.
  • One-Scene Wonder: She appears only in 1.08, and is an absolute joy in it.
  • Pity the Kidnapper: She has no problem mouthing off at Villanelle, and in general makes the experience just as (if not more) miserable for Villanelle as it is for her. Konstantin even lampshades it.
    Konstantin: I need to find my daughter. She's going to drive that woman crazy.
  • Polyglot: She speaks Russian, English, French, and Mandarin Chinese. Justified, since children pick up languages very easily, and Konstantin clearly made a point of teaching her.
  • The Stoic: Nothing seems to frighten her.
  • Walking Spoiler: The fact that Konstantin has a daughter is a surprise.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: She's pretty damn smart, speaking multiple languages and being way more emotionally mature than Villanelle.

     Anna 

Anna

Played By: Susan Lynch

A language teacher in Russia.
  • A Deadly Affair: Anna and Oksana's affair culminated with Oksana murdering Anna's husband, Max.
  • Bi the Way: She had an affair with Villanelle, but she also speaks of her late husband—"my Maxi"—lovingly.
  • Driven to Suicide: Anna shoots herself rather than shooting Villanelle.
  • First Love: She was Villanelle's, and became the prototype for Villanelle's type.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: What Oksana did to her husband, Max.
  • Non-Answer: When Eve is questioning her.
    Anna: She had a... fixation.
    Eve: Was it reciprocated?
    Anna: I was her teacher; I was married.
    Eve: But... was it reciprocated?
  • Teacher/Student Romance: She and Oksana had an affair when Oksana was her student.

    Raymond 

Played By: Adrian Scarborough

Villanelle's new handler after she escapes from Julian in Series 2, until Konstantin takes back over.

  • An Axe to Grind: His preferred weapon, if the Season 2 finale is any indication.
  • Ax-Crazy: The first thing he does when he sees Villanelle is choke her out, For the Evulz. And he comes back to kill her just because he hates her. And all with an axe!
  • Evil Counterpart: A very relative example to Konstantin. Konstantin and Villanelle are Vitriolic Best Buds and he is a borderline Parental Substitute (of a dark variety) to her who lets her get away with far more than he should. Raymond doesn't care for her, is extremely ruthless, and will kill her at the drop of a hat.
  • Evil Redhead: He has ginger hair and is brutal even by the Twelve's standards.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Even Villanelle is surprised when he turns out to be so aggressive and vicious.

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     Aaron Peel 

Aaron Peel

Played By: Henry Lloyd-Hughes

A young tech genius and multibillionaire computer mogul with a secret weapon that he plans to sell to the Twelve.
  • Admiring the Abomination: He loves watching Villanelle kill people.
  • Asexual: Has a Villainous Crush on Villanelle but it seems to be more of a case of In Love with Your Carnage than anything else as he never touches her and is disgusted when she asks him if he's ever desired intimacy.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Plays this role with Villanelle in Season 2.
  • Big Brother Bully: Towards his little sister.
  • The Bully: As pointed out by Villanelle, right before she breaks his nose with a book.
  • Composite Character: Of Charles Augustus Magnussen and Mark Zuckerberg.
  • Control Freak: His whole modus operandi. The fact that he can spy on pretty much anybody in the world at any time means that he can blackmail them into doing whatever he wants and he revels in having this power over others. While Villanelle stays in his hotel, he lavishes her with gifts but takes great pleasure in ordering her around, to the point of making her spit out food he doesn't like and making her sit in the same position while he leaves the room until he gets back.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He inherited the company started by his father, Anthony Peel after having him assassinated by the Ghost.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Is prone to snarky moments, particularly when mocking Eve about how MI-6 is an anachronism and asking her if she wants to search his office for any "weapons-grade plutonium."
  • Diabolical Mastermind: He's basically a Bond villain!
  • Evil Is Petty: Despite being a brilliant computer hacker, he screams at Villanelle for wearing the clothes he gave her "wrong" and...eating orange chocolates. He makes her spit it out.
  • Evil Plan: To weaponise information by keeping files on all of the world's most powerful people and selling it to the Twelve. It's essentially the same plan Blofeld and C. have in SPECTRE.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's very polite and charming towards Villanelle whilst she stays in his hotel and ultimately Eve when she arrives but it doesn't conceal the fact that he's an Axe-Crazy, sociopathic Control Freak.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: A sociopathic CEO who wears little glasses and has a very blank stare.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He smiles as Villanelle cuts his throat in front of a mirror.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He has a machine that manages to keep track of everyone.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: The reason behind his obsession with Villanelle whom he sees as a kindred spirit.
  • Jerkass: He's obnoxiously arrogant, to the point that Jess and Eve fantasise about him falling out of a window and landing face first on a railing. In addition to this, he's a megalomaniacal psychopath.
  • Karmic Death: Villanelle slashes his throat. He doesn't seem to mind.
  • Lack of Empathy: Really? Do we need to say any more at this point?
  • Manipulative Bastard: Uses his knowledge of people's private lives to threaten and control them.
  • Nerd in Evil's Helmet: He looks, dresses and acts like a stereotypical, harmless computer nerd but is actually a deranged supervillain.
  • The Peeping Tom: He records Villanelle at all times when she's in Budapest which it turns out he did to several other women before her.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: All over the place. He's a super villain who likes to play children's games with his younger sister and a Serial Killer who nevertheless flips out when Villanelle mixes up the clothes he gave her and ''wears it with a belt.
    YOU'VE RUINED IT!
  • Psychotic Smirk: His default expression, even when being killed.
  • Sadist: Revels in using his power and knowledge to humiliate others and loves killing people, filming himself doing it, watching them being killed or ordering assassinations.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Wears a pair of them.
  • Self-Made Orphan: He hired the Ghost to kill his father, who was a single parent after his mother's death from an illness.
  • Serial Killer: Ultimately revealed to be this.
  • Smug Snake: Very smug and thinks he has Villanelle completely under his control. He's wrong.
  • The Sociopath: Or psychopath at any rate, as Eve surmises. He uses his Dragon to assassinate his own father, along with anyone close to him at the company so that he could take control of it, uses his tech skills to spy on people's private lives and blackmail them with it and it's ultimately reveals, personally kills people just for sport so that he can film himself doing it.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: The revelation that he likes to cut women's throats turns him into this.
  • Stalker with a Crush / Villainous Crush: Towards Villanelle, albeit more in a sadistically cerebral and mostly non-sexual way. He also has a really creepy love of watching her eat.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Although he's initially shocked when Villanelle slashes his throat, he grins as he dies.
  • We Can Rule Together: Offers Villanelle the world if she becomes his partner-in-crime. She refuses when he presses her Berserk Button by telling her to kill Eve. She's also had enough of being ordered around by him at this point.
  • Wicked Cultured: Despite his fairly bland, but not scruffy dress sense, he owns fancy hotels and dines on the finest food.

     The Ghost 

The Ghost

Played By: Jung Sun Den Hollander

Another female assassin in operation.
  • Badass on Paper: Despite her famed reputation for her discretion, Villanelle makes very quick work of her when they meet.
  • Beneath Suspicion: How she manages to kill people with high security, posing as a cleaner and other menial workers.
  • The Dragon: To Aaron Peel.
  • Dragon Lady: An Asian woman who is very serious, viciously sharp, and mostly silent.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Eve first meets her picking her kids up from school. She gets her to come with her by threatening to shoot her in front of her kids if she refuses.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Not as obvious as Villanelle but she's definitely a good-looking lady.
  • Foil:
    • To Villanelle. While Villanelle is a theatrical, attention-seeker when it comes to her kills, the Ghost is subtle and does not draw attention to her kills. Where Villanelle makes some of her kills explicitly look like murder, the Ghost does the best to make her own look innocuous.
    • Villanelle is a young white woman, while Eve theorises that the Ghost is a middle aged woman of colour. She's ultimately proven to be right as the Ghost is an Asian lady.
    • Also to Eve. Both are disrespected Asian women who are frequently dismissed at their jobs and talented at discretion, but the Ghost kills for money and Eve catches killers.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Keeps a low profile and goes about her killings as discretely as possible, never leaving blood or a mess.
  • Not So Stoic: Despite her usually cold, unflappable demeanour, even when Eve threatens to shoot her in front of her kids, she's tortured for information by Villanelle to the point that she's left in tears, calling Eve "a monster".
  • Paper Tiger: The Ghost can be vicious, but Villanelle tortures her with ease and so she never really threatens Villanelle or Eve.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: She kills people for Aaron Peele, but unlike Villanelle, she gets no pleasure out of killing and is only In It For The Money.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: In contrast to Villanelle, The Ghost is totally able and willing to blend in.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: We lear that she has children and she was a nurse...and that's about it before she's captured.

    Amber Peel 

Amber Peel

Played By: Shannon Tarbet

Aaron's sister.


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