Olivia Colman Biography
Olivia Colman (Sarah Caroline Olivia Colman) was born on 30th January 1974 in Norwich, United Kingdom. She is an actress popularly known for her role as Carol Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
She was educated at Norwich High School for Girls in Norwich and Gresham’s School in Holt, and at 16 she starred in a school production of The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie. That’s when she decided she wanted to become an actress.
First off she studied teaching at Cambridge – where she met future collaborators David Mitchell and Robert Webb – before graduating from Bristol’s Old Vic Theatre School in 1999. After drama school, Olivia worked as a temp (“a jolly temp, but not a very good one”) and a cleaner before hitting the big time.
Olivia has racked up a long list of credits, most notably ITV crime drama Broadchurch, in which she plays Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller.
But she also impressed in BBC spy thriller The Night Manager, in which she plays pregnant intelligence operative Angela Burr (a character who was male in the novels the programme is based on).
She’s also known for her roles in TV programmes Rev., Twenty Twelve, Accused and Fleabag, as well as the films The Lobster, Tyrannosaur, The Iron Lady, Locke, Cuban Fury and Hot Fuzz.
However, her TV career undoubtedly began through her work with comedy partnership Mitchell and Webb, with whom she starred in sitcom Peep Show, as well as featuring in their BBC sketch show.
Olivia Colman Husband
Colman met Ed Sinclair ( then a third-year law student) in a production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Table Manners (from the Norman Conquests trilogy) at Footlights. In August 2001 they got married.
Olivia Colman Children
She has three children two sons; Finn Sinclair, Hall Sinclair and a daughter.
Olivia Colman Daughter
She gave birth to her daughter in August 2015.
Olivia Colman Networth
She has an estimated net worth of $3 million.
Olivia Colman The Night Manager
She played Angela Burr, a pregnant spy. She says that when she got the part she found ou that she was pregnant and when she told the director they accommodated a pregnant spy in the script.
Olivia Colman Broadchurch
She played DS Ellie Miller in 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.
Olivia Colman Movies and TV Shows
Olivia Colman Movies
- 2015: The Lobster
- 2011: Tyrannosaur
- 2011: The Iron Lady
- 2012: Hyde Park on Hudson
- 2007: Hot Fuzz
- 2014: Cuban Fury
- 2013: Locke
- 2006: Confetti
- 2015: London Road
- 2013: I Give It a Year
- 2017: Murder on the Orient Express
- 2013: The Thirteenth Tale
- 2014: The 7.39
- 2018: The Favourite
- 2010: The Secret World of Arrietty
- 2007: I Could Never Be Your Woman
- 2009: Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee
- 2007:Grow Your Own
- 2007: Dog Altogether
- 2014: Tale of the Brave
- 2014: The Karman Line
- 2015: Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure
- 2004: Terkel in Trouble
- 2012: Bad Sugar
- 2014: Pudsey the Dog: The Movie
- 2008: Consuming Passion
- 2005: Perfect 10
- 2011: Comic Relief: Uptown Downstairs Abbey
- 2013: The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder in Angel
- 2005: Much Ado About Nothing
Olivia Colman TV Shows
- 2013 – 2017: Broadchurch
- 2016: The Night Manager
- 2003 – 2015: Peep Show
- Since 2016: Flowers
- 2011 – 2012: Twenty Twelve
- 2004 – 2007: Green Wing
- Since 2016: Fleabag
- 2010 – 2012: Accused
- 2006 – 2010: That Mitchell and Webb Look
- 2002 – 2005: Look Around You
- 2010 – 2014: Rev.
- 2000: Bruiser
- 2001: The Mitchell and Webb Situation
- 2008 – 2009: Beautiful People
- 2009: Mister Eleven
- 2013: Run
- 2011: Exile
- Since 2017: Watership Down
- 2014: Big Ballet
- Since 1984: Thomas and Friends
- 2011: The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder at Road
- Hill House
- Since 2014: The Great War: The People’s Story
- The Secret Life of the Zoo
Olivia Colman interview
When were you happiest?
When my husband and I first said we loved each other, in our student flat in Cambridge.
What is your earliest memory?
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I think I remember being held by my mum as a baby.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I get cross and shout.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Being impolite and unkind.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
When I wet myself on stage – it’s in David Mitchell’s book. We were doing The Miser and there were a lot of quick changes and David never quite managed to get his bow tie in the right place. It became too much to bear, wondering what he would have under his chin each time I turned round.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
My eyebags and the middle bit between knee and armpit.
What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
Superman – but he doesn’t have a mask, so Batman.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
If I am allowed to pick someone much hotter and taller than me, Phoebe Waller-Bridge. She is one of the funniest women I have ever met.
What is your most unappealing habit?
I don’t know. I’ve been with my husband and friends for so long, I’ve forgotten what is unappealing to new people.
What is your favourite smell?
First smell of spring and my children’s faces.
Which words do you most overuse?
What is your favourite book?
The Time Traveller’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Booze. My favourite is gin, tonic and elderflower cordial. It’s summer in a glass.
What does love feel like?
Proper love should be utterly supportive and comfortable, and it feels like a raincoat or a jacket potato.
What has been your biggest disappointment?
As a child, I thought, “Once I am a grown-up, there will be no more fear, no more worries”, and it turns out that’s not true.
What keeps you awake at night?
Worry that I am not going to work.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
Summer Breeze, by the Isley Brothers.
How would you like to be remembered?
As a good egg.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Don’t take anything for granted.
Where would you most like to be right now?
Actually, having a wee.