Based on her one-woman show of the same name, Fleabag is the brainchild of writer-actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge. From the man behind “Hot Priest” to Waller-Bridge’s real-life inspirations, here’s everything you need to know about this Emmy-winning show.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was the Emmy award-winning series Fleabag. The television show was inspired by Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s one-woman show of the same name…and in its earliest form, it was just a ten-minute comedic monologue. Waller-Bridge told the Los Angeles Times that Fleabag originated as a favor to her friend Deborah Frances-White, who needed to fill an empty ten-minute slot at a comedy show. As Waller-Bridge explained, “[Deborah] had been trying to get me to do stand-up for ages, and I was like, No no no. And she tricked me with this one.” Of course, the monologue was far from a traditional stand-up set, and the audience was utterly floored by her performance. At the insistence of her friends, Waller-Bridge expanded the piece into a full-length play. As she told the Los Angeles Times: “Before I knew it, we had a venue at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival. I didn’t really have a choice. It was the best kind of bullying from my friends ever.” As for what inspired her to write the character, Waller-Bridge told The Cut in 2017: “The thing I really got off on was putting a female character out there that was all-knowing about sex and one step ahead, who knew what the guys were thinking before they thought it and yet still played slightly dumb to them. Oh God, it brought me so much pleasure.” Keep watching to learn The Untold Truth Of Fleabag! #Fleabag#TheUntoldTruth