Irish actress Fiona Shaw and Kristin Scott Thomas are joining the cast of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's critically-acclaimed BBC dramedy Fleabag.

The darkly comic (and hugely entertaining, it must be said) show already includes Oscar-nominated Olivia Colman, who plays Fleabag's godmother, while writer/creator Waller-Bridge plays the title role in a series about modern life in London.

Kristin Scott Thomas revealed that she binge-watched the show's first season. She said: "Phoebe Waller-Bridge cannot be ignored. She manages to hit core issues with sledgehammer brutality as she trips along with a spring in her step.

Kristin Scott Thomas

"I laughed helplessly as I binge-watched the first brilliantly funny series and enjoyed being aghast at times. I was very flattered to be asked to be in Series 2."

Shaw said of the writing on the show, "Phoebe's mind is like nothing else", while Waller-Bridge joked: "They literally begged me to be in it. Begged me. Begged. One of them was crying."

The show’s second season, which Waller-Bridge claims she dreamed up while on a bus, is set to be on the theme of 'Fleabag v God', as she wrestles with issues of faith and is brought closer to her estranged sister Claire, played by Sian Clifford.

The series began as Waller-Bridge's one-woman show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, before she adapted it for the small screen.

The forthcoming second season is due to premiere on BBC Three and Amazon Prime Video in the spring. 

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