Eve Polastri

Eve Polastri

    Killing Eve
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Character Analysis

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Grew Up... in America. Though she was born in England, Eve spent her childhood in Connecticut after her parents split up. She developed an early interest in criminal minds and got a degree in criminal psychology, hoping to one day get a job in intelligence.

Living... in London, contentedly if a little bored at times.

Profession... MI5 security officer. Though Eve has a job in her chosen field, it’s a lot less exciting than the one she once imagined. Eve spends most of her time in a desk-bound job that focuses on providing security details for foreign people of interest when they visit London. That all changes when Eve inadvertently crosses paths with a female assassin she’d been tracking in her own informal investigation. MI6 Russia Section leader Carolyn Martens gives Eve an “unofficial-official” assignment to track down this mysterious killer.

Interests... understanding the criminal mind.

Relationship Status... married to Niko Polastri. Eve leads a relatively happy life with Niko, but work always seems to be her first priority.

Challenge... tracking down a killer. Eve’s interest in the mysterious “Villanelle” is both a job and a passion. Eve becomes single-mindedly obsessed with tracking down a woman she both fears and, in a weird way, kind of admires. As Eve notes in a moment of frustration, “She is outsmarting the smartest of us, and for that, she deserves to do or kill whoever the hell she wants.”

Personality... observant, obsessive, and easily frazzled. Though she’s got an absolutely brilliant mind, Eve is more Bridget Jones than James Bond. She’s not a natural secret agent, and her down-to-earth demeanor often clashes with the world of subterfuge. She struggles when it comes to compartmentalizing her work from her personal life, especially given that she seems more interested in the former than the latter. Though Eve comes across as mild-mannered and a little bit awkward, she’s smart, strategic, and great at thinking outside the box. She also has a bold, rash side that tends to emerge whenever she’s got a lead on Villanelle.


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