She was referred to as "a sociopath in a layer of whipped cream." But no one dares to ask who the "lovely bad" stepmother is on the BBC fleabag – brilliantly played by Olivia Colman.
The award-winning series, which spawned her creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge and her role in the script for the upcoming Bond film, was hailed as the new path to British TV drama.
The series just finished will be the last, but TV companies are trying to recapture the magic with similar ideas.
Phoebe and her wayward character Fleabag – a single woman in her late 20s who says, "I'm not obsessed with sex. I just can not stop thinking about it "- are still much discussed and viewed on iPlayer and YouTube.
Phoebe Waller Bridge (pictured above) wrote and played in Fleabag, and many of her works can be compared to her own life
Father of Phoebe Waller Bridge (left) on his wedding day 2016 with Phoebe's stepmother Rosemary Goodenough (right)
Fleabag's parents on screen are played by Olivia Colman (right) and Bill Patterson (left).
Her is the name and face of 2019. But by whom was the monster's stepmother Phoebe wrote about – the smiling but deadly cold artist who painted a portrait of Fleabag showing only the back of his head?
Maybe it's just a coincidence that Phoebe's own stepmother, Rosemary Goodenough, is a talented artist with a winning smile.
Maybe it's just a coincidence that in the flood of Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook posts that Rosemary has released in abundance from her extended family in recent months, Rosemary has neither a mention nor a photograph of her talented stepdaughter or her TV show contains.
Sian Clifford (pictured above) plays on screen sister Claire, who works in the financial sector
Maybe it's just a coincidence that the hair of Oscar winner Olivia Colman looks like Rosemary. And that her speech at the end of the series One reflects a very strong echo of a YouTube performance with Rosemary and Phoebe's father Michael Waller-Bridge, a photographer and a city financier.
Isobel Waller Bridge (pictured above) is Phoebe's sister
Rosemary herself – a 66-year-old aristocrat married to three – is far too smart to discuss all this in detail. And yet she does not deny it.
In her native Norfolk she spoke politely to the questions of the mail this week. Had she seen Fleabag?
& # 39; Yes, absolutely. I think Phoebe has met the zeitgeist very cleverly. "
Some people believe that Fleabag is highly autobiographical – do you recognize one of the characters in it?
"I think only Phoebe can answer that."
Some people with a sharper tongue have drawn parallels between Olivia Colman's character and you – are you really the inspiration? Are you amused?
"Again only one question can be answered by Phoebe."
How were you and Phoebe when you entered her father's life at 19?
"I'm sorry, that's a much too personal question."
Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Sian Clifford (pictured above) play on screen sisters who are not always at eye level
One answer – if it is the right one, who can say that? – could be found in the fact that Rosemary Isobel, another phenomenally talented Waller Bridge, often mentioned on social media the preferred sister of Phoebe's musician Isobel.
She was one year older than her 33-year-old writer and composed the score for Fleabag and the new TV version of Poirot with John Malkovich and the recent adaptation of War And Peace. It may not be a coincidence that the actress, who has chosen to portray Fleabag's sister Sian Clifford, bears a striking resemblance to her.
Isobel's accomplishments are mentioned positively by Rosemary, while Phoebe's is not – an allegory that may be reflected in the double stepmother of Fleabag who painted the two sisters, with Claire showing the artist and the fleagag at the back of her head.
A Fleabag Series 2 still image showing the marriage between her father and the stepmother played by Olivia Colman
The show shows Fleabag and her relationship with her family and her sister
In one episode, the two sisters go to a wellness retreat
Whatever the relationship between the two sisters, they began as a happy family unit in Ealing, West London – Phoebe, Isobel, younger brother Jasper, and parents Michael and Teresa.
The marriage lasted until Phoebe was in her late teens, when Teresa moved to Battersea after the divorce of Michael and a 17-year-old Phoebe, who had been working since the age of eight, studied Dramatic Art (RADA) at the Royal Academy of London ,
It's a measure of the sisters' ultimate love for each other-an important part of Fleabag's story-that Phoebe asked, and Isobel agreed to write the music for the television series.
To say that life around the Waller Bridges was unorthodox would be a massive understatement.
Fleabag (right) with her father on the day of his wedding with his new wife after the death of Fleabags mother
Fleabag leads her father down the hall during the wedding ceremony
Fleabag and her father on the day of his wedding in Series 2 of the popular BBC show
Phoebe's father, an extraordinary person, studied theoretical physics at the university before earning a master's degree in science and technology. In an impressive career, he first worked at CERN in Switzerland, the home of the famous Hadron Collider, before founding a hologram company in London.
He then exchanged cultures to develop a trading technology on the London Stock Exchange and established the first fully electronic exchange, Tradepoint. In another change, he became a portrait photographer in 2000 and nine years later founded Amersham Investment Management, a venture capital group.
Recordings of Series 2, in which Fleabag and her sister Claire chat in a local park
Along the way – you could say he was looking for trophies from Debrett's pages – he found himself with four women, including two eccentric ones whose fathers had almost the same name and title.
Michael Waller-Bridge first married Sarah Bruce Lockhart, whose brother Lord (Sandy) Bruce Lockhart was once the lead voice of the conservative local government.
They married in 1977, but the union was short-lived. He then joined Teresa, the daughter of Eton and Cambridge-trained baronet Sir John Clerke.
The marriage lasted 20 years from 1982 and produced Isobel, Phoebe and brother Jasper.
ThePeerage.com, a generally reliable aristocratic online reference source, points out that he subsequently married Honor Clerk, a curator of the National Portrait Gallery, whose father was also a baron named Sir John Clerk – but this time without the " e "- but there is little evidence of this relationship.
In any case, for the past nine years he has been married to Phoebe's stepmother Rosemary, whose father (ex Eton, Oxford and Guards), Sir Richard Goodenough, was also a baron. The couple met while fencing in the private member club Home House in central London.
Today, alongside Rosemary, in a YouTube video, Michael presents an ingenious frontline in which she advertises, nods and offers words of support for her fashion articles.
Rosemary, a gifted artist with her eponymous business, is passionately talking about her latest work in a kind of copy of Olivia Colman's speech in Fleabag about her "sexhibition" in the last episode of the series One.
While friends have little doubt that Colman's character is heavily based on Rosemary, Michael's resemblance to Fleabag's dad "Dad" (played by Scottish actor Bill Paterson) is more difficult to find.
Phoebe Waller Bridge has certainly inherited much of her father's brilliance. She also has some of his eccentricities. His umbrella is crowned with a silver duck head grip. But she loves him – "he has a huge scientific and creative brain".
Significantly, the television writer has nowhere publicly commented on the topic of her stepmother.
Rosemary – ambidextrous and "an insanely obsessive detail freak," as she describes herself, followed a straight path through life.
Married to 25, she had two daughters of the exotic named Frederick le Roux, who lived in Scotland, before marrying again in 1993 with the deceased in 2000 Patrick Masson. She met Michael Waller-Bridge in 2004 and married in 2009 photos she posted on Facebook from the wedding show many family members – but not Phoebe.
As an extraordinary artist, she designed luxurious accessories that are sold in topliner stores such as Fortnum & Mason, and is recognized by the fashion industry as the first person in 150 years to tie the man's tie (side seams, flat bottom and another shape ) has redesigned separate node the vehicle slides).
The next big thing, she says, is called Rosemary's Bunker – a series of swimwear for men and women based on motifs from her oil paintings.
She is widely recognized in the fashion industry, and James Middleton, brother of the Duchess of Cambridge, is a role model for her.
So a family of super people.
However, not everything that touches her, especially marriage, turns to gold – and here Phoebe follows in her parents' footsteps.
In 2014, she married Irish journalist and author Conor Woodman, and two years later they were ready to divorce.
Phoebe is currently dating Martin McDonagh (pictured right) and was previously married to Conor Woodman (left).
Her new partner is Martin McDonagh, the London-born director and author of the Oscar-winning film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. At 49, he is 16 years older than him.
She has become the hottest on stage, screen and writing desk on both sides of the Atlantic. She wrote the screenplays for Killing Eve, the blockbuster TV series, about a MI5 cop chasing a young psychopath for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award, and was awarded a Bafta Prize for her work at Fleabag.
Phoebe has just finished a six-week fleabag stage show on Broadway and is the New York toast – starring the New York Times critic, who calls her "fabulous", and the uninvited lady of the city, Dame Anna Wintour Dinner to introduce to your new best friends.
This week it was confirmed that Phoebe's screenplay of & # 39; Bond 25 & # 39; – The upcoming but unnamed James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig – which will begin shooting later this month, while Hollywood reports suggest Craig has asked for her helping hand to streamline the script.
Phoebe will film the next James Bond movie with Daniel Craig (picture above in Casino Royale)
It's all a long way from the beginnings of Fleabag, which began in 2013 as a one-woman show at the Edinburgh Festival.
In the meantime back to Rosemary. Is she really the evil stepmother Olivia Colman portrayed so brilliantly?
She does not say so and Phoebe does not admit it.
What Phoebe admits, however, is that "being neat and sweet and nice and comfortable is a real nightmare."
She adds, with good reason, "Good things can come from anger. A director once said to me, "You have the gift of rage."
We may never know whether this anger was directed against Rosemary in Fleabag, but her disgusting figure says, "She's not a bad stepmother, she's just an idiot!"
But maybe not.