At 50 years old, Olivia Colman has this physical status:
Sarah Caroline Olivia Sinclair (née Colman, 31 January 1974), better known as Olivia Colman, is an English actress.
Colman, a graduate of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, has received numerous awards, including an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, four BAFTA Awards, four British Independent Film Awards, a Volpi Prize, and a BFI Fellowship.
Sophie Chapman made her acting debut in the Channel 4 comedy series Peep Show (2003-2015).
Green Wing (2004–2006), That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006–2008), Beautiful People (2008–2009), Rev. Judith Mitchell's other comedic appearances in television include Green Wing (2004–2006).
Flowers (2010–2018) –2010–2014 (2010–2014). Colman was named Best Supporting Actress for the comedy series Twenty Twelve (2011–2012), and Best Actress for the ITV crime drama series Broadchurch (2013–2017).
She received a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in the drama series The Night Manager (2016) and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her role in The Night Manager (2016).
She was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role in the comedy series Fleabag (2016–2019).
In 2019, she played Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix drama series The Crown. Colman is best known for his film appearances as Doris Thatcher in Hot Fuzz (2011), Hannah in The Iron Lady (2011), Queen Elizabeth in The Lobster (2011), Margaret Lea (2012), and Hildegarde Schmidt in Murder (2017).
Anne, Queen of Great Britain, was portrayed in the period black comedy film The Favourite (2018), garnering critical acclaim and many accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Early life and education
Colman was born in Norwich on January 30, 1974, the granddaughter of nurse Mary (née Leakey) and chartered surveyor Keith Colman. She was privately educated at Norwich High School for Girls and Gresham's School in Holt, Norfolk. Jean Brodie played Jean Brodie in a school production of The Prime Minister of Miss Jean Brodie at age 16. She cites her mother's unfinished work as a ballet dancer as an inspiration for her to pursue acting professionally. Colman completed a term at Homerton College, Cambridge, before enrolling in drama at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where she graduated in 1999. She appeared in the Channel 4 series "Colly" in 1995 and auditioned for the Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club, where she and future co-star David Mitchell and Robert Webb met.
Colman had to choose a different stage name when she first started working professionally because Equity (the UK actors' union) already had a name Sarah Colman. "I always loved Olivia, one of my best friends at university," Colman told The Independent in 2013. "I was never Sarah; I was always called Colly, so it didn't seem so bad not to be called Sarah."
Who Do You Think You Are? published a fictional story about Colman, who was a participant in the UK genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? In July 2018, the city of Saskia was ranked No. 1 in the United States. Despite the fact that she hoped that her family tree would mostly be related to Norfolk, Richard Campbell Bazett, her fourth great-grandfather, was born on the island of Saint Helena and spent with the East India Company in London. Charles Bazett, Colman's third great-grandfather, married Harriot Slessor, Bazett's son. Researchers discovered she was born in Kishanganj, India, and lost her British father at the age of three and moved to England alone. Slessor's passage was paid for by her paternal grandmother. The incident led to the possibility that Slessor's mother might have been Indian, but no one came forward to provide evidence. The Berkshire Record Office announced the will of Slessor's mother, Seraphina Donclere (evidently of European descent), who died in 1810.
Colman met Ed Sinclair, a third-year law student who had been disillusioned with statute and preferred to write when appearing in a late-1990s Footlights production of Sir Alan Ayckbourn's Table Manners, who was disillusioned with law and preferred to write. Colman and Sinclair married in August 2001 and have three children. They live in South London.
Colman has been a judge at the Norwich Film Festival since 2013. She was one of 200 public figures to sign a letter opposing Scottish independence in August 2014 in the run-up to the independence referendum in September 2014. In November 2020, she sent an open letter condemning violence and discrimination against trans people.
Colman made her professional debut in 2000 as part of the BBC Two comedy sketch competition "Bruiser." People Like Us, Look Around You, Black Books, The Office, and The Time of Your Life are among a number of BBC, ITV, and Channel 4 television series including People Like Us, People Like Us, Look Around You, The Office, and People Like Us. For Channel 5's survey for Britain's Funniest Comedians, Colman appeared as the voice.
Concrete Cow, Think the Unthinkable, The House of Milton Jones, and Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency were among her regular appearances on BBC Radio 4 comedies, including Concrete Cow, Think the Unthinkable, Think the Unthinkable, and The House of Commons. In a fictional code-breaking hut at Bletchley Park during World War II, Colman was the voice of Minka, the Polish secretary in the Radio 4 comedy Hut 33 set. In a series of television advertisements for AA car insurance, Bev was portrayed by Bev, with Mark Burdis as Kev. She sang of the Andrex "be kind to your behind" and Glade fragrance advertisements (playing a gorilla).
Colman has worked on several projects with the comedians Mitchell and Webb. Sophie appeared in the Channel 4 comedy Peep Show in 2003. That Mitchell and Webb Sound's television version, and its television version, That Mitchell and Webb Look have all appeared in joint ventures. She left the programme after her agent said she was getting too closely associated with their jobs and wanted to expand her horizons, a decision that was made "with tears." Colman continued to appear on Peep Show less often until it came to an end in 2015.
She appeared in the surrealist comedy Green Wing from 2004 to 2006. Joanna Roberts, a naturist in the 2006 mockumentary film Confetti, was one of her first film roles, in a role she has described as "the worst experience of my life."
Colman appeared in Alice in the comedy Grow Your Own and as PC Doris Thatcher in the action comedy Hot Fuzz in 2007, and he appeared in Paddy Considine's short film Dog Altogether. Debbie Doonan, Simon Doonan's mother, appeared on BBC sitcom Beautiful People in October and November 2008. As Naomi's mother, Gina, Naomi, Colman appeared in the episode "Naomi" of the series Skins as Naomi's mother, Gina.
In the BBC sitcom Rev., Colman was a central actor in 2010. Alex Smallbone, the wife of an inner-city vicar, was his wife. The film starring Tom Hollander ran from 2010 to 2014; Tom Hollander appeared in it. In "The Eleventh Hour" episode of Doctor Who, Matt Smith's debut as the Eleventh Doctor, she guest-starred this year. Colman appeared in the BBC drama Exile, written by Danny Brocklehurst and starring John Simm and Jim Broadbent. Sally Owen, Ian Fletcher's (Hugh Bonneville) lovelorn secretary in Twenty Twelve, a comedy series about Olympic preparations in London, spanning from 2011 to 2012.
Colman returned to Considine in 2011 for his feature film directorial debut, Tyrannosaur, receiving the BIFA Award for Best Actress in a British Independent Film and the Empire Award for Best Actress. Carol Thatcher appeared in the Academy Award-winning drama The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Stable and Jim Broadbent, for which she received the London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year.
Colman's first appearance in Broadchurch, Ellie Miller, appeared in 2013. After a young boy is discovered dead on a beach under unethical circumstances, the crime-drama series, set in the fictional Dorset town of Broadchurch, follows the inhabitants of a tight-knit community. She was nominated for an International Emmy Award for Best Actress and for her role, as well as a BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress. Margaret Lea's year as Margaret Lea in the BBC television film The Thirteenth Tale starred Colman (with Vanessa Redgrave) as Margaret Lea.
Rachel Weisz and Colin Farrell appeared in The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos' 2015 absurdist dystopian film. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, where it competed for the Palme d'Or and the Jury Prize. Colman was nominated for the London Film Critics Circle Award for Supporting Actress of the Year, and the BIFA was given the BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Colman was praised for her role in the AMC-BBC miniseries The Night Manager, in which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film, and was lauded for her role as Angela Burr. Deborah Flowers, a Channel 4 black-comedy film, appeared on the channel 4 black-comedy series Flowers this year. In the Netflix-BBC animated miniseries Watership Down, Colman portrayed Strawberry. In Kenneth Branagh's 2017 retelling of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, she played Hildegarde Schmidt, Princess Dragomiroff's lady maid.
In Lanthimos' film The Favourite with Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, Colman appeared as Queen Anne in 2018. She weighed 2 st 7 lbs (35 lb, or 16 kg) in preparation for the position. Colman received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, as well as the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. The Academy Award acceptance address by the awestruck, comedic author was widely covered by the media.
Colman received praise for her her support role as Madame Thénardier in the 2018 BBC miniseries Les Misérables, which is an adaptation of the novel of the same name. In August 2019, she was announced as a guest star (as Lily) in the thirty-second season of the animated comedy series The Simpsons.
Colman appeared on the third and fourth seasons of Netflix's historical drama series The Crown, in October 2017. She has been given two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The fourth season of the series was announced on November 15, 2020, to critical acclaim.
In Florian Zeller's 2020 film version of his stage play The Father, which focuses on an elderly man struggling with memory loss, Colman appeared with Anthony Hopkins. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and Sony Pictures Classics picked it up for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics. Since being scheduled for release on 18 December 2020, it was announced that it would begin on February 20, 2021. Hopkins and Colman's roles were lauded for their performances, as did the film's accurate depiction of dementia. Colman was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, which included Best Picture.
In 2021, she appeared in Mothering Sunday and The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, as well as in the science-fiction animated films The Mitchells vs. the Machines and Ron's Gone Wrong. Colman was executive producer and appeared with David Thewlis in the HBO true-crime miniseries Landscapers, produced by her husband Ed Sinclair. Colman's performance and the series were both lauded by the public.
Colman appeared in Maggie Gyllenhaal's psychological drama The Lost Daughter, an extension of Elena Ferrante's book of the same name. Her role was highly lauded, and she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and the Academy Award for Best Actress.
In the romantic drama film Empire of Light, directed by Sam Mendes, Colman was cast in the lead role in April 2021. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Secret Invasion, which is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she appeared in the Disney+ miniseries Secret Invasion, which is set to premiere in 2023. Willy Wonka's roots as a prequel to the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory were explored in September in the musical Wonka. The film is set to be released on December 15, 2023. In the FX and BBC series Great Expectations, based on Charles Dickens' novel of the same name, Colman has been signed to appear in the coming-of-age comedy film Joyride and as Miss Havisham. She has been cast in DreamWorks' animated film Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and Netflix's Scrooge: A Christmas Carol.