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Olivia Colman

Olivia Colman

Sarah Caroline Olivia Sinclair, (née Colman; 30 January 1974), known professionally as Olivia Colman, is an English actress and narrator. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, three British Academy Television Awards, one British Academy Film Award, three Golden Globe Awards, four British Independent Film Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Volpi Cup, and a BFI Fellowship. A graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Colman first came to prominence for her work in television. She made her acting breakthrough as Sophie Chapman in the Channel 4 comedy series Peep Show (2003–2015). Her other comedic roles in television include Green Wing (2004–2006), That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006–2008), Beautiful People (2008–2009), Rev. (2010–2014), and Flowers (2016–2018). Colman received the British Academy Television Award for Best Female Comedy Performance for the comedy programme Twenty Twelve (2011–2012), Best Supporting Actress for the anthology crime programme Accused (2012), and Best Actress for the ITV crime drama programme Broadchurch (2013–2017). For her performance in the thriller miniseries The Night Manager (2016), she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. For her performance in the comedy programme Fleabag (2016–2019), Colman received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress. In 2019, she portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix period drama programme The Crown, for which she received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series, and a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress. Colman's major film roles include PC Doris Thatcher in Hot Fuzz (2007), Hannah in Tyrannosaur (2011), Carol Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011), Queen Elizabeth in Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), Bethan Maguire in Locke (2013), Margaret Lea in The Thirteenth Tale (2013), the Hotel Manager in The Lobster (2015), and Hildegarde Schmidt in Murder on the Orient Express (2017). For her portrayal of Anne, Queen of Great Britain in the period black comedy film The Favourite (2018), she received critical acclaim and won her the Academy Award for Best Actress.
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