Fleabag season 3: Why did Fleabag end? ‘I fully accept that it’s over’

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Fleabag is available to stream and download on the BBC iPlayer now. Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s one women play turned award-winning TV series came to an end last year and fans are still devastated there is no sign of Fleabag season three. BAFTA-winning star Sian Clifford, who played Claire in the series spoke to the press, including Express.co.uk, ahead of this year’s Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards about her time on Fleabag.

Why did Fleabag end?

Fleabag first premiered in 2016 on BBC Three to critical acclaim.

Creator and star, Phoebe Waller-Bridge returned with the show’s second and final season in 2019.

The sereis w went on to receive 11 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and won six, with Waller-Bridge earning Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress, and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.

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Fleabag also received the Golden Globe for Best Television series and Waller-Bridge won the Golden Globe for Best Actress.

Co-star Sian Clifford recently won the BAFTA TV Award for Female Perfomance in a Comedy Role.

Sian Clifford, who plays Claire, Fleabag’s sister in the series explained to Express.co.uk and other press Waller-Bridge’s reluctance to do a second series at first.

She said: “It was so thrilling to come back because there were three years basically between series one and two.

“We were champing at the bit by the time we got on set and so excited to see everyone again and when we were round that table with our gang, plus Andrew Scott.

“It was a really, it was a really amazing feeling. I loved it. Absolutely loved it and I was, you know, one of the people that was an encouraging a very reluctant Phoebe to even make a second series.

“Lucky for her our producers gave her the time and space.

“She just said, ‘I’m not doing it unless I have a good enough idea’ so she waited.

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“And you know, she was able to buy some time because she had another project on. And yeah, I mean, not everyone is afforded that privilege, but they let her do that.

“I think the project benefited from that and we all benefit from it because we all went off and did other projects and learn about ourselves. I was definitely a better actor, I think when I came back to the second series. We’d all sort of grown.”

Thankfully, Fleabag returned to screens and was praised by critics and fans around the world.

Waller-Bridge made it clear from the outset Fleabag season two would be the show’s final outing.

Clifford reflected on her time on the series and explained the show came to an end as the “story was complete”.

She said: “I love playing Claire. And I miss her. Like, I fully accept that it’s over. And the story is complete.

“That character was written for me, and it was written for me like Phoebe tapped into something that I just was able to have so much fun with.

“Just that dynamic between us that we could play into. I mean, we are like sisters, that is our friendship but we’re not like those sisters you know and we both have sisters.

“It’s funny because it’s not something that we ever discussed actually that relationship I would just get on with it.”

Fleabag is streaming on the BBC iPlayer now

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