Samantha Colley

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Samantha Colley
Colley in 2015
Born (1989-03-22) 22 March 1989 (age 33)[1]
Canterbury, Kent, England[2]
Alma materOxford School of Drama[3]

Samantha Colley (22 March 1989) is an English actress having had roles in various theatre and television productions, including playing the lover of both Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in the National Geographic TV series Genius.


Colley studied at the Oxford School of Drama[4] where, as a student, she performed in productions of Anna Karenina, The Taming of the Shrew, and Pride and Prejudice.[3]


In 2014, Colley made her stage debut in The Crucible at The Old Vic theatre in London.[3] Colley was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Play at the 2015 WhatsOnStage Awards for her performance as Abigail Williams, but lost out to Rachelle Ann Go.[5]

In 2017, Colley starred as Mileva Marić in Genius, the ten-part television series for National Geographic and Fox 21 about the life and work of Albert Einstein.[6] In 2018, Colley reappeared in the second season of Genius, playing Dora Maar the lover of Picasso, who was played by Antonio Banderas.[7][8]


Year Title Role Production Notes
2014 The Crucible by Arthur Miller Abigail Williams The Old Vic [5]
2014/2015 Far Away by Caryl Churchill Joan The Young Vic
2015 Klippies by Jessica Siân Yolandi Southwark Playhouse



Year Title Role Production Notes
2015 Tuesday Julia - short film
2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story Ottilie Lucasfilm film


Year Title Role Production Notes
2015 Endeavour Nina Lorimer ITV 1 Episode
2016/2017 Victoria Eliza Skerrett ITV 11 Episodes
2017 Genius Mileva Maric National Geographic 10 Episodes
2018 Genius Dora Maar National Geographic 10 episodes
2019 Britannia Andra Sky Atlantic
2021 Invasion Jeep driver Apple TV+ 1 episode - Hope

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 15th WhatsOnStage Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Play The Crucible Nominated [5]
2018 20th Women's Image Network Awards Actress MFT Movie / Mini-Series Genius Nominated [9][10]
2019 21st Women's Image Network Awards Actress in a Drama Genius Nominated [11][10]


  1. ^ "Samantha Colley". Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Samantha Colley". Retrieved 9 December 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "Richard Armitage leads cast of The Crucible at the Old Vic". 15 April 2014. Archived from the original on 9 December 2021.
  4. ^ "Oxford School of Drama Notable Alumni". Retrieved 9 October 2022.
  5. ^ a b c "Whatsonstage Awards – Winners 2015". 16 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Samantha Colley - Top podcast episodes". 25 May 2017.
  7. ^ "National Geographic's Genius: Picasso Screening At Tribeca Film Festival". 19 April 2018.
  8. ^ Rorke, Robert (30 April 2018). "'Genius' star sheds light on Picasso's tormented lover". New York Post. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  9. ^ "19th Women's Image Awards winners and nominees". 16 November 2017. Archived from the original on 16 November 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Samantha Colley Awards". IMDB (Index source only). Retrieved 7 September 2022.
  11. ^ Wloszczyna, Susan (21 December 2018). "The Women's Image Awards has announced its 2018 nominations".

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