‘Killing Eve’ Season 4: ‘Sex Education’ Alum Laura Neal Named Spy Drama’s Fourth Head Writer

Neal follows in the footsteps of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emerald Fennell and Suzanne Heathcote

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Continuing its tradition of naming a new head writer each season, BBC America’s “Killing Eve” has tapped Laura Neal to head Season 4. She succeeds Suzanne Heathcote, Emerald Fennell and series creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Neal, whose previous writing credits include “Sex Education” and “Secret Diary of a Call Girl,” will serve as writer and executive producer on the fourth season of the spy drama, which was picked up last month. Season 4 will go into production later this year.

“Killing Eve smashes television tropes in every way, both on the screen and behind it,” said Sarah Barnett, President, AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios. “We have a remarkable squad of ferociously smart women writers passing the baton to each other on this show, aligned around a coherent vision but bringing it to life with their own specific sparkle and brilliance. Laura Neal is the latest incredible leader of the pack on Killing Eve.”

“Laura is frighteningly bright, takes no prisoners and can laugh at anything,” said executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle. “She’s wicked and wild, emotional and provocative. The stories we are already creating for season four promise a pitch-black riot.”

The renewal came early for “Killing Eve,” which won’t begin airing its third season until April. Suzanne Heathcote, a vet of AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead,” served as lead writer for the 8-episode season, taking over for Season 2’s Emerald Fennell.

“After the most incredible year on Killing Eve, I’m so excited the next season is going to be led by such a brilliant talent,” said Heathcote. “I cannot wait to see what amazing things Laura’s going to do with this world and the characters in it.”

Killing Eve stars Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw and Kim Bodnia. Executive producers for the upcoming season are Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Gina Mingacci, Damon Thomas, Jeff Melvoin, Suzanne Heathcote and Oh.