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Olivia Colman won the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance in the 2018 film The Favourite, for her performance as Queen Anne of Great Britain. In frail health, she shows little interest in governing, preferring instead such eccentric activities as duck racing and playing with her 17 rabbits, each of which represents a child she has lost over the years.

About Olivia Colman (1974 – ____)

Sarah Caroline Olivia Colman was born in Norwich, Norfolk, the daughter of Mary (Leakey), a nurse, and Keith Colman, a chartered surveyor. She was privately educated at Norwich High School for Girls and Gresham's School, Holt. Her first acting role was as Jean Brodie in a school production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the age of 16. She cites her mother's interrupted career as a ballet dancer as an inspiration to pursue acting professionally.

Colman spent a term studying primary teaching at Homerton College, Cambridge before studying drama at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School from which she graduated in 1999. During her time at Cambridge, she auditioned for the Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club and met future co-stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb.

Colman has appeared in roles in many BBC, ITV and Channel 4 television programs, 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 is seen regularly 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. Colman appeared as Bev, alongside Mark Burdis as Kev, in a series of TV advertisements for AA car insurance. She provided voices for the Andrex "be kind to your behind" ads and Glade fragrance ads, where her character is a gorilla.

On several projects, Colman has worked with comedians Mitchell and Webb. She joined them in 2003 to play the role of Sophie in the Channel 4 comedy Peep Show. Other joint ventures have included radio's That Mitchell and Webb Sound, and the TV version That Mitchell and Webb Look. She left the program after her agent told her she was becoming too closely associated with their work and needed to widen her horizons: a decision that was made "with tears". She continued to appear on Peep Show, though in a reduced capacity, until 2015.

Colman had a recurring role in the surreal comedy Green Wing from 2004 to 2006. In October and November 2008, she 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 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 guest starred in "The Eleventh Hour" episode of Doctor Who, Matt Smith's debut as the Eleventh Doctor. In 2011, she appeared in the BBC drama Exile, written by Danny Brocklehurst and starring John Simm and Jim Broadbent. From 2011 to 2012, she played Sally Owen, the love-lorn secretary to Hugh Bonneville's character Ian Fletcher, in Twenty Twelve, a comedy series about planning for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

In 2013, Colman began playing DS Ellie Miller in ITV's Broadchurch. The crime drama series is set in the fictional Dorset town of Broadchurch, and follows the residents of a tight-knit community after a young boy is killed under suspicious circumstances. She was nominated for an International Emmy Award for Best Actress and won a BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for her performance. Also in 2013, she starred as Margaret Lea, opposite Vanessa Redgrave, in the BBC television film The Thirteenth Tale. In 2016, Colman won praise for her performance as Angela Burr in the AMC/BBC miniseries The Night Manager, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and won a Golden Globe Award. That same year, she starred as Deborah Flowers in the Channel 4 black comedy series Flowers. She provided the voice of Strawberry in the Netflix/BBC animated miniseries Watership Down. In October 2017, Colman was cast as Queen Elizabeth II in the third and fourth season of the Netflix historical drama series The Crown.

Colman's film credits include naturist Joanna Roberts in the 2006 mockumentary film Confetti – a role she remembers as "the worst experience of my life," Alice in the 2007 comedy Grow Your Own, and PC Doris Thatcher in the 2007 action comedy Hot Fuzz. Colman played a lead role in Paddy Considine's first two films, the short Dog Altogether (2007), and his feature directorial debut Tyrannosaur (2011). For her role in the latter, she won the BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film and the Empire Award for Best Actress.

Colman played Carol Thatcher in the 2011 Academy Award-winning drama film The Iron Lady, with Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent, for which she was awarded the London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actress of the Year. She then starred in Yorgos Lanthimos' 2015 absurdist dystopian film The Lobster with Rachel Weisz and Colin Farrell, for which she was nominated for the London Film Critics' Circle Award for Supporting Actress of the Year and won the BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2017 Colman played Hildegarde Schmidt in the remake of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express. Hildegarde Schmidt works for the Princess Dragomiroff as her lady's maid. In 2018, she starred as Queen Anne in Lanthimos' film The Favourite, opposite Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. For her performance, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Colman met her future husband, Ed Sinclair, a third-year law student at the time, who had grown disillusioned with law and preferred to write, in a production of Alan Ayckbourn's Table Manners (from the Norman Conquests trilogy) at Footlights. Colman and Sinclair married in August 2001 and have three children together.

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

In July 2018 Colman was a subject of the UK genealogy programme Who Do You Think You Are? She expected her family tree would relate mainly to Norfolk, where her father's family have been resident for generations. In the course of research undertaken into her mother's family, however, it was discovered that one of her ancestors was Richard Bazett, who had publicly accused his wife of adultery but had fathered two children with another woman. Bazett had worked in London for the East India Company.

In 2013, Colman presented two awards at the Mind Media Awards, which celebrate accurate, responsible and sensitive portrayals of mental health across all areas of the media. Colman believes that "the media industry has huge influence and with that comes a responsibility to contest the stigma that sadly still exists, through accurate representation." Colman has spoken openly to the Big Issue about her experience of postnatal depression after the birth of her first child.

Inspired by her research for the film Tyrannosaur, in 2014, Colman became the patron of the UK charity Tender, which uses theatre and the arts to educate young people about how to prevent violence and sexual abuse. Colman says that domestic violence prevention can make a real difference in the lives of young people. Other charity work included participating in the Alzheimer's Society's Holkham Hall Memory Walk in September 2013. Colman's great-grandmother suffered from dementia and her mother was involved in running a nursing home for sufferers. Colman has also added her voice to charity campaigns for Marie Curie Daffodil Day (care for the terminally ill) . Colman became Patron of blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan in 2018, which Colman says helped a friend of hers.

In December 2014, Colman was involved in a radio documentary about the plight of women in Afghanistan on behalf of Amnesty International for the BBC. Several women who told their stories to journalist Lyse Doucet were unable to appear because their lives might have been at risk. Colman read their stories as part of the documentary. In response to the work, Colman warned that the UK must not abandon Afghan women to the Taliban. She said, "Being a teacher, a doctor, a politician – these are important jobs but they shouldn't be dangerous ones. The brave women whose words I've voiced risk so much to educate, to care and to shape the future of their country. Women like these are the hope for Afghanistan's future and the UK must not abandon them to the Taliban now."

Olivia Colman's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2004 Terkel in Trouble Terkel's Mother
2005 Zemanovaload TV Producer
2005 One Day Ian's Mother
2006 Confetti Joanna Roberts
2007 Hot Fuzz PC Doris Thatcher
2007 Grow Your Own Alice
2007 I Could Never Be Your Woman Hairdresser
2007 Dog Altogether Anita
2009 Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee Olivia
2011 Tyrannosaur Hannah
2011 Arrietty Homily
2011 The Iron Lady Carol Thatcher
2012 Hyde Park on Hudson Queen Elizabeth
2013 I Give It a Year Linda
2013 Locke Bethan Maguire
2014 Cuban Fury Sam Garrett
2014 Pudsey the Dog: The Movie Nelly the Horse
2014 Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave Marion
2014 The Karman Line Sarah
2015 The Lobster Hotel Manager
2015 Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure Marion
2015 London Road Julie
2017 Murder on the Orient Express Hildegarde Schmidt
2018 The Favourite Queen Anne
2018 The British Airways Safety Video Herself
2019 Them That Follow Hope

Olivia Colman's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
2000 Bruiser Various characters
2001 The Mitchell and Webb Situation Various characters
2001 People Like Us Pamela Eliot
2001 Mr Charity Distressed Mother
2001 Comedy Lab Linda
2002 Rescue Me Paula
2002 Holby City Kim Prebble
2002 The Office Helena
2003 Gash Various characters
2003 Eyes Down Mandy Foster
2003 The Strategic Humour Initiative Various characters
2003–2015 Peep Show Sophie Chapman
2004 Black Books Tanya
2004 Swiss Toni Linda Byron
2004 NY-LON Lucy
2004 Coming Up Receptionist
2004–2006 Green Wing Harriet Schulenburg
2005 Angell's Hell Belinda
2005 Look Around You Pam Bachelor
2005 The Robinsons Connie
2005 Murder in Suburbia Ellie
2005 ShakespeaRe-Told Ursula
2006–2008 That Mitchell and Webb Look Various characters
2007 The Grey Man Linda Dodds
2007 The Time of Your Life Amanda
2008 Love Soup Penny
2008 Hancock and Joan Marion
2008 Consuming Passion Janet Bottomley / Violetta Kiss
2008–2009 Beautiful People Debbie Doonan
2008, 2018 Would I Lie To You? Herself
2009 Skins Gina Campbell
2009 Midsomer Murders Bernice
2009 Mister Eleven Beth Paley
2010 Doctor Who Mother
2010–2014 Rev Alex Smallbone
2011 Exile Nancy Ronstadt
2011–2012 Twenty Twelve Sally Owen
2012 Accused Sue Brown
2012 Bad Sugar Joan Cauldwell
2013–2017 Broadchurch DS Ellie Miller
2013 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: 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 Owen
2014 The Secrets Pippa
2014 Mr. Sloane Janet Sloane
2014 This is Jinsy Joan Jenkins
2014–present Thomas & Friends Marion
2016 Drunk History Ethel Le Neve
2016 The Night Manager Angela Burr
2016 We're Going on a Bear Hunt Mum
2016–2018 Flowers Deborah Flowers
2016–2018 The Secret Life of the Zoo Narrator
2016–present Fleabag Godmother
2017 Inside Dior Narrator
2018 The Super Squirrels Narrator
2018 Watership Down Strawberry
2019 Les Misérables Madame Thénardier
2019 The Crown Queen Elizabeth II

Academy Nominations/Awards won by Olivia Colman include...

Year Movie Award
2018 The Favourite Best Actress (Winner)

Memorable Quotes by Olivia Colman

[on The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder in Angel Lane]“ I had already agreed to do this before I'd even read the script, because Paddy [Paddy Considine] was in it. It was weird acting with him because, on Tyrannosaur (2011), he was the best director in the world. On this, when the director gave me notes, I'd keep checking Paddy's eyes to see if everything was all right, and he'd have to tell me, "I'm not the director!" ”

[on what drew her to the role of Queen Anne]“ I loved that she had every emotion under the sun every five minutes. That's an actor's dream. She's spoiled, grieving, sensitive and cruel. ”

Things You May Not Know About Olivia Colman

She asked for her character on Peep Show (2003) to be characterized as less likable, after convincing the writers that her behavior and treatment of David Mitchell's character had been poor.

Has starred in four films with Paddy Considine and appeared in his first two directorial efforts.

Returned to work 9 months after giving birth to her daughter to begin filming the final series of Broadchurch.

Convinced director Susanne Bier to hire her for the role of Angela Burr on The Night Manager despite the fact she was heavily pregnant with her 3rd child by making reference to how well Frances McDormand's pregnant character Marge Gunderson worked on the movie Fargo.

Born on the same date as Christian Bale. They both were nominated for Oscar in 2019 and she won.

August is her family month. She married in August 2001 and welcomed her three children in August of 2005, 2007 and 2015.

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Olivia Colman as Queen Anne in The Favourite (2018) — a performance for which
she won an Academy Award for Best Actress... top picture with Emma Stone.
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Colman in Broadchurch (2013)... with David Tennant in pictures one, four, and five.
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Colman in Doctor Who (2005)... with Eden and Merin Monteath in middle picture.
With Marek Larwood in Drunk History (2015).
With Bill Paterson in Fleabag (2016).
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In London Road (2015)... top picture with Anita Dobson.
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With Judi Dench in Murder on the Orient Express (2017).
As Sophie Chapman in Peep Show (2003).
As Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown (2019).
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In The Night Manager (2016)... top picture with David Harewood...
third picture with Douglas Hodge.
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Olivia Colman in Tyrannosaur (2011)... top picture with Peter Mullan.