Jodie Comer commended for "powerful" performance in Channel 4 drama Help

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Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

Jodie Comer has been praised by fans for her "powerful" performance in Channel 4's Help.

The Killing Eve star plays a young care worker named Sarah in the drama, which explored the devastating impact that coronavirus had on the care sector at the start of the pandemic, while illuminating the tireless and selfless work of carers that kept them running.

Set in a fictional Liverpool care home, the film focuses on the relationship between Sarah and Stephen Graham's Tony, a care resident suffering from Young Onset Alzheimer, and how their lives are changed irreparably by the onset of the pandemic in spring 2020.

Writer Jack Thorne (National Treasure and His Dark Materials) created the film with the intention of it being both a love letter to the care sector, and a stark reminder of how it was neglected and overlooked during the first wave of Covid.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

Viewers were moved and "broken" by the gut-wrenching drama and the performances by Comer and Graham, with some declaring the actors "national treasures." Many also predicted that Comer will win herself a second BAFTA for Leading Actress at the awards next year.

"Low-paid workers, were the backbone of the pandemic," one fan tweeted. "Jodie Comer‘s performance was heartbreaking."

Another added: "Stephen Graham and Jodie Comer are impeccable, two of the greatest actors this country will ever produce."

The 28-year-old star received recognition and rapturous applause at the recent screening of her new film The Last Duel at the 2021 Venice Film Festival, with some critics already suggesting that it could earn Comer her first Oscar nomination. The medieval drama co-stars Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Adam Driver.

Meanwhile, Graham was critically acclaimed for his performance opposite Sean Bean in BBC One's devastating three-parter Time.


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