Jodie Comer has revealed that she struggled with her weight and body image while growing up.

The 26-year-old English actress, best known for her role as the psychopathic assassin Villanelle in Killing Eve, spoke to the show's creator and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge about how she worries about her appearance when going for acting roles.

In an interview for Elle UK magazine, Comer said: "A big thing is trying to accept that, with acting, the reason for getting a part or not getting part isn't always about your talent or how talented people think you are; a lot of it is about your looks.

"Always worrying about the way you look or your weight for certain roles - that has always been a big insecurity of mine.

Jodie Comer as Villanelle in Killing Eve

"Growing up as a teen, I always struggled with my weight and body image.

"What I'm trying to do - and I feel like I'm succeeding a little bit in - is to be accepting of the fact that ... I always put a stress on myself having to look a certain way, when you are who you are.

She added: "Your ability to act, or whatever your job is, is worth so much more than how you look."

Meanwhile, the actress said she enjoys when people think she is like her Killing Eve character.

She said: "I relish it. I think it's fun getting people roused up, so then when they meet you, they're like 'Oh, you're not a bitch or homewrecker'.

"It's fun to see people have gone with it and they've believed it."

Comer says it's "fun" when people think she is like her Killing Eve character

She added that Killing Eve is "definitely the role that has changed things for me".

"I don't feel like there's a show like this, or a character like Villanelle, who breaks so many rules."

Waller-Bridge said Villanelle was inspiring to her, as she was different from many other female characters.

She said: "Through the writing process, what I found really liberating with her (Villanelle) was that she's not ruled by insecurities.

"I feel like it's such a human thing to be ruled by your insecurities, particularly for women."

Killing Eve stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer with the show's writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge

The second series of  the cat-and-mouse crime drama returns to BBC America on April 7.