Five Things You Didn’t Know About Olivia Colman

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Olivia Colman is a famous English actress who was born in Norwich, England, on January 30, 1974. She began her acting career in 2000 although she didn’t rise to prominence until 2003 when she got the supporting role of Sarah Chapman in ‘Peep Show’. She has since gone on to build an impressive list of film and television credits to become one of the most visible English actresses of the present day. Recently, it was announced that she will take over the role of the Queen from Clair Foy in ‘The Crown’. She has spoken of her delight at being chosen for the role and has said that Foy will be a hard act to follow. Here are five more things you didn’t know about Olivia Colman.

1. She is an Award-Winning Actress

In recognition of her talent as an actress, Olivia Colman has received many award nominations. She has won three BAFTAs; one for Best Actress in ‘Broadchurch’, one for Best Supporting Actress in ‘Accused’, and one for Best Female Comedy Performance in ‘Twenty Twelve’. She won a Golden Globe in the category of Best Supporting Actress-Series, Miniseries or Television Film for her role in ‘The Night Manager’. She has also won three BIFAs.

2. She is Married to Ed Sinclair

Olivia Colman is married to fellow actor Ed Sinclair who is best-known for his role in ‘Look Around You’, a series of parody educational programs. The couple met when they were 20 and Sinclair was a third-year law student who had become disillusioned with the subject he was studying and instead tried to write a play. Colman has described it as love at first sight. The couple went on to have three children together; two sons and a daughter. Olivia Colman continued to film ‘The Night Manager’ right up to the eighth month of her pregnancy with her daughter and returned to work to film the second series of ‘Broadchurch’ when her daughter was nine months old.

3. She Considers ‘Confetti’ a Mistake

Olivia Colman played the role of Joanna Roberts in the 2006 mockumentary romantic comedy film ‘Confetti’. She has said this is the only project she regrets and has described it as a big mistake. It was written and directed by Debbie Isitt and also starred Jimmy Carr, Felicity Montagu, and Jessica Stevenson. Other than the fact that the movie was a flop, one of Colman’s main complaints about the movie was that she was unaware of the amount of nudity that would be involved and was told that this would be removed before the final edit.

4. She Has Collaborated with Paddy Considine on Many Occasions

Olivia Colman has collaborated with Paddy Constantine many times. She starred in his first two directorial efforts, ‘Tyrannosaur’ and ‘Dog Altogether’. She has also starred in four films in which Paddy Constantine has also appeared.

5. She Supports Many Charities

In her spare time, Olivia Colman is involved with many charities. Following the birth of her first child, she suffered from post-natal depression and this has led to her supporting mental health charities. She believes that mental health issues should be better represented in the media. She presented two awards at the Mind Media Awards. She is also the patron of Tender. This is a UK charity that prevents violence and sexual abuse through the use of theater and the arts.


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