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Phoebe Waller-Bridge signs exclusive £50m deal

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Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge will make and produce new shows exclusively for Amazon Prime Video after signing a deal with Amazon Studios.

The exclusive deal is reported to be worth more than $20m (£16m) per year over three years.

Her content will premiere on the streaming service - the US distributor of Fleabag - in more than 200 countries and territories.

Waller-Bridge, 34, said: "I'm insanely excited to be continuing my relationship with Amazon. Working with the team on Fleabag was the creative partnership dreams are made of.

"It really feels like home. I can't wait to get going."

Perhaps the most in-demand star in television after a stunning night of success at the Emmy Awards, London-born Waller-Bridge graduated from the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

She started her career in 2009 with an appearance in the play Roaring Trade, followed by TV roles in comedy series The Cafe and crime drama Broadchurch, as well as parts in films including Albert Nobbs and The Iron Lady.

First introduced as a one-woman show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013, Fleabag was established as an angry and confused young woman struggling to navigate life in London.

The production won the Fringe First Award, catching attention of the BBC, which commissioned a six-part series for BBC Three.

Fleabag's TV adaption, also starring future Oscar winner Olivia Colman, Sian Clifford, Bill Paterson and Brett Gelman, arrived in 2016 to critical acclaim and soon found itself with a wider audience on BBC Two, with Amazon handling distribution in the US.

Head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke said: "We are thrilled to be continuing our partnership with Phoebe at Amazon Studios.

"As evident in her great success at the Emmy Awards this week, she is clever, brilliant, generous and a virtuoso on multiple fronts including writing, acting and producing.

"Fleabag has been a gift to our Prime Video customers and we are excited for what comes next from this brilliant mind to dazzle and delight our global audience."

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On Sunday, Waller-Bridge was the toast of Hollywood after enjoying a stunning night at the Emmys, the biggest night in US television.

She won three awards: lead actress in a comedy, outstanding writing in a comedy and outstanding comedy series.

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