Olivia Colman

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Olivia Colman
Born Sarah Caroline Olivia Colman
(1974-01-30) 30 January 1974 (age 40)
Norwich, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom[1]
Nationality British
Education Homerton College, Cambridge,
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Ed Sinclair
Children 2

Sarah Caroline Olivia Colman (born 30 January 1974)[2] is an English actress. She is a three-time BAFTA TV Award winner.

Colman first came to prominence for her supporting role as Sophie Chapman in the Channel 4 comedy series Peep Show (2003-2010). Her other TV comedy roles include Green Wing (2004-2006), Beautiful People (2008-2009), Rev. (2010-2014) and Twenty Twelve (2011-2012). She also played various roles in That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006-2008), alongside her Peep Show co-stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb. Her move to drama saw her receive critical acclaim for her performance as Hannah in the 2011 film Tyrannosaur.[3] Her other film roles include Carol Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011), Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother in Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) and Bethan in Locke (2013).

In 2012, she appeared in the BBC One series Accused, for which she won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress. At the same ceremony, she also won Best Female Comedy Performance for Twenty Twelve.[4] In 2013, she starred as DS Ellie Miller in the ITV crime series Broadchurch, which won her the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress.

Personal life[edit]

Colman was born in Norwich, Norfolk, to a nurse mother and a chartered surveyor father.[5][6] Colman was educated at two independent schools, Norwich High School for Girls in Norwich and Gresham's School in Holt, and then at Homerton College, Cambridge, spending a term doing a primary school teacher training course. During this time, at the age of 20,[7] she auditioned for the Footlights and first met future co-stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb, who were vetting applicants.[8][9][10]

In addition to this, Colman met her future husband Ed Sinclair, then a third-year law student who had become disillusioned with law and preferred to write, in a production of Alan Ayckbourn's Table Manners at the Footlights.[11][12] Colman fell in love with Sinclair at first sight, adding that she thought "there's the bloke I'm going to marry"[13] and that "My husband and I were very lucky. We met when we had nothing and we loved each other then. So we were all right. We were 20 and he was also an actor. If you meet at that age then you are fine. For me, it was thunderbolts straight away".[7] Crediting Sinclair for helping her get through tough times,[7] Colman has said that "[Sinclair] was gorgeous, the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen", suggesting that the feeling was not instantly mutual, and added that "I stuck with him and made him realize he could only be happy with me. I still feel like I'm punching above my weight".[14] Colman and Sinclair married,[15] and they have two children.[16]

In August 2014, Colman was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.[17]

Career[edit]

Television and radio[edit]

Colman has appeared in roles in numerous BBC, ITV and Channel 4 television programmes, such as Bruiser, People Like Us, Look Around You, Black Books, The Office, The Time Of Your Life and provided the voice-over for Five's poll for Britain’s Funniest Comedy Character. She regularly features in BBC Radio 4 comedies, such as Concrete Cow, Think the Unthinkable, The House of Milton Jones and Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. She is also the voice of Minka, the Polish secretary in the Radio 4 comedy Hut 33, set in a fictional codebreaking hut of the real-life Bletchley Park during World War II.[18] Colman has also appeared alongside former Grange Hill actor Mark Burdis in advertisements for the AA (Automobile Association) in the early 2000s. Colman has worked with the comedians Mitchell & Webb on several projects. Colman met the duo when they were all students at Cambridge University.[19] She has appeared with them in numerous TV and radio series, such as radio's That Mitchell and Webb Sound, and the television version, That Mitchell and Webb Look. She decided to leave the programme after deciding that she was becoming too closely associated with the duo and needed to widen her horizons: a decision that was made "with tears".[20] She continued to appear on Peep Show until 2010.

In October and November 2008, Colman appeared in the BBC sitcom Beautiful People, based on the life of Simon Doonan, as Debbie Doonan, Simon's mother. She also made a guest appearance in Skins, in the third-series episode "Naomi" as Naomi's mother Gina. In 2010, Colman took a leading role as Alex Smallbone, the wife of an inner city vicar, in the BBC sitcom Rev. Also in 2010, she played "Mother" in Matt Smith's debut Doctor Who story.

In spring 2011, Colman appeared in the BBC drama Exile, written by Danny Brocklehurst and starring John Simm and Jim Broadbent. In 2011-12 she played Sally Owen, the love-lorn secretary to Hugh Bonneville's character Ian Fletcher in Twenty Twelve, a successful television comedy series about planning for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

In 2013, Colman played DS Ellie Miller in the hit ITV drama Broadchurch. This eight-part drama set in the fictional Dorset town of Broadchurch follows the reaction of a tight-knit community when a young boy is killed under suspicious circumstances.[21][22]

Film[edit]

Colman's film credits include the British mockumentary film Confetti (in which she plays a naturist with Robert Webb, a role she described as "the worst experience of my life"),[19] Alice in Grow Your Own, Doris Thatcher in Hot Fuzz, and I Could Never Be Your Woman. Colman appeared as 'Bev', alongside Mark Burdis as 'Kev', in a series of television adverts for AA car insurance. She provided voices for the Andrex "be kind to your behind" adverts and Glade fragrance adverts, where her character is a gorilla.

Colman was a leading cast member in Paddy Considine's first two films: Dog Altogether and Tyrannosaur. Colman has worked several times with Considine, having acted together in Hot Fuzz, where they met, and also in Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee.[23] She also acted alongside him in the second The Suspicions of Mr Whicher film in 2013.

Colman played Carol Thatcher in the Academy Award-winning 2011 film The Iron Lady. In her BAFTA acceptance speech for Best Actress, lead actress Meryl Streep thanked Colman and described her as "divinely gifted". In 2012 she was nominated twice in the "Best Actress" category at the British Comedy Awards.[24]

Since 2013, Colman has been a judge on the panel of the Norwich Film Festival.[25]

Awards[edit]

In January 2011, Colman won a Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Breakout Performances for her role in the film Tyrannosaur.[26] Her performance also received the 2012 Kermode Award for Best Actress.

Colman was recognised for her versatility at the 2013 BAFTAs, receiving awards for Best Supporting Actress for her turn in The Accused and Best Female Comedy Performance in Twenty Twelve.[27]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2004 Terkel in Trouble Terkel's mother Dub of Danish film
2005 Zemanovaload TV Producer
One Day Ian's mother Short film
2006 Confetti Joanna
2007 Hot Fuzz PC Doris Thatcher
Grow Your Own Alice
I Could Never Be Your Woman Hairdresser Direct-to-DVD release
Dog Altogether Anita Short film
2009 Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee Olivia
2011 Tyrannosaur Hannah British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
Empire Award for Best Actress
London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year also for The Iron Lady
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture
Arrietty Homily English dub
The Iron Lady Carol Thatcher[28] London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year also for Tyrannosaur
2012 Hyde Park on Hudson Queen Elizabeth (later The Queen Mother) British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2013 I Give It a Year Marriage Counsellor
2014 Locke Bethan
Cuban Fury Sam
Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave Marion Voice (UK/US)
2015 The Lobster Hotel Manager

Television[edit]

Year Series Role Notes
2000 Bruiser Various characters Six episodes
2001 The Mitchell and Webb Situation Various characters Five episodes
People Like Us Unnamed character Episode 2.1: "The Vicar"
Mr Charity Distressed mother Episode 1.5: "Nice to Feed You"
Comedy Lab Linda Daydream Believers: "Brand New Beamer"
2002 Rescue Me Paula Episode 1.4
Holby City Kim Prebble Episode 4.45: "New Hearts, Old Scores"
The Office Helena Episode 2.6
2003 Gash Various characters Three episodes
Eyes Down Mandy Foster Episode 1.3: "Stars in Their Eyes"
The Strategic Humor Initiative Various characters
2003–2010 Peep Show Sophie Chapman 32 episodes
Nominated - British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Actress (2008)
2004 Black Books Tanya Episode 3.2: "Elephants and Hens"
Swiss Toni Linda Byron Episode 2.1: "Troubleshooter"
NY-LON Lucy Episode 1.5: "Something About Family"
Coming Up Receptionist Episode 2.1: "The Baader Meinhoff Gang Show"
2004–2006 Green Wing Harriet Schulenburg 18 episodes
2005 Angell's Hell Belinda
Look Around You Pam Bachelor Six episodes
Help Unnamed character Episode 1.6
The Robinsons Connie Episode 1.3
Murder in Suburbia Ellie Episode 2.6: "Golden Oldies"
ShakespeaRe-Told Ursula Episode 1.1 "Much Ado About Nothing"
2006–2008 That Mitchell and Webb Look Various characters 13 episodes
2007 The Grey Man Linda Dodds
The Time of Your Life Amanda Six episodes
2008 Love Soup Penny Episode 2.2: "Integrated Logistics"
Hancock and Joan Marion TV film
Consuming Passion Janet/Nurse Violetta Kiss TV film
2008–2009 Beautiful People Debbie Doonan 12 episodes
2009 Skins Gina Campbell Episode 3.6: "Naomi"
Midsomer Murders Bernice "Small Mercies"
Mister Eleven Beth Two episodes
2010 Doctor Who Mother/Prisoner Zero Episode 5.1: "The Eleventh Hour"
2010–2014 Rev Alex Smallbone 13 episodes
2011 Exile Nancy Ronstadt Three episodes
2011–2012 Twenty Twelve Sally Owen Eight episodes
BAFTA TV Award for Best Female Comedy Performance (2013) Nominated - (2012)
2012 Accused Sue Epidode 2.2: "Mo's Story"
Royal Television Society award for Best Actress[29]
BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress (2013)
2012 Bad Sugar
2013 Broadchurch Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress
Pending — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated — TV Choice Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Monte-Carlo Television Festival for Outstanding Actress in a Mini-Series
Nominated — National Television Award for Best TV Detective
Nominated — International Emmy Award for Best Actress[30]
2013 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher II: The Murder In Angel Lane Susan Spencer
2013 Run Carol
2013 The Thirteenth Tale Margaret Lea
2013 The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot Herself
2014 Big Ballet Narrator
2014 The 7.39 Maggie Matthews
2014 W1A Sally Owens (cameo)
2014 The Secrets
2014 Mr. Sloane Janet
2014-present Thomas & Friends Marion Voice (UK/US)

References[edit]

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  15. ^ Graham, Jane (15 May 2013). "Olivia Colman: "I immediately knew I would marry him"". The Big Issue. 
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  18. ^ Cary, James (3 February 2009). "Starting Writing an Episode". Hut 33 blog. Retrieved on 10 March 2009.
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  20. ^ "2008 Interview with Olivia Colman — Beautiful People". Entertainment.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
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  28. ^ "Make way for Maggie in the Maxi: Meryl Streep's Iron Lady gives her daughter a driving lesson". Daily Mail (London). 12 February 2011. 
  29. ^ "BBC News — Sean Bean awarded for cross-dressing Accused role". bbc.co.uk. 2013-03-20. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  30. ^ Olivia Colman and Utopia up for International Emmys

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