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Olivia Colman

Born: 1974

Biography

Sarah Caroline Sinclair CBE (January 30, 1974), known professionally as Olivia Colman, is an English actress. Known for her comedic and dramatic roles in film and television, she has received various accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, two Emmy Awards, three British Academy Television Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. She was acclaimed for her performance in the ITV crime-drama series Broadchurch (2013–2017), for which she received a British Academy Television Award for Best Actress. She played Queen Elizabeth II from 2019 to 2020 in the Netflix period-drama series The Crown, for which she received a Golden Globe Award and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. For her portrayal of Anne, Queen of Great Britain in the period black-comedy film The Favourite (2018), Colman received the Academy Award for Best Actress. She received additional Academy Award nominations for her performances in The Father (2020) and The Lost Daughter (2021). Other notable film and television credits include Hot Fuzz (2007), Tyrannosaur (2011), The Iron Lady (2011), Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), Locke (2013), The Lobster (2015), Fleabag (2016-2019), Murder on the Orient Express (2017), The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021), Landscapers (2021), Empire of Light (2022), Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022), Secret Invasion (2023), Wonka (2023), Wicked Little Letters (2023) and Paddington in Peru (2024).
Known For Acting
Gender Female
Place of Birth Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK

Resources

Movies

The Kármán Line

Sarah in The Kármán Line

London Road

Julie in London Road

The Favourite

Queen Anne in The Favourite

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Mum (voice) in We're Going on a Bear Hunt

See Me

Miss in See Me

Earth's Natural Wonders

in Earth's Natural Wonders

Behind Closed Doors

narrator in Behind Closed Doors

The Lost Daughter

Leda Caruso in The Lost Daughter

Joyride

Joy in Joyride

Nasrin

Narrator in Nasrin

National Theatre Live: Mosquitoes

Jenny in National Theatre Live: Mosquitoes

Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime for Christmas

Fairy Godmother in Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime for Christmas

Empire of Light

Hilary in Empire of Light

The Super Squirrels

Narrator in The Super Squirrels

Wicked Little Letters

Edith Swan in Wicked Little Letters

Kilimanjaro: The Bigger Red Nose Climb

Self / Narrator in Kilimanjaro: The Bigger Red Nose Climb

The Extraordinary Case of Alex Lewis

Self - Narrator (voice) in The Extraordinary Case of Alex Lewis

Wicker

in Wicker

Flowers 1

Deborah Flowers in Flowers 1

The Private Life of the Royal Academy

in The Private Life of the Royal Academy

Consuming Passion

Janet / Nurse Violetta Kiss in Consuming Passion

Tyrannosaur

Hannah in Tyrannosaur

The Murder in Angel Lane

Susan Spencer in The Murder in Angel Lane

The Thirteenth Tale

Margaret in The Thirteenth Tale

Dog Altogether

Anita in Dog Altogether

Pudsey the Dog: The Movie

Nelly the Horse (voice) in Pudsey the Dog: The Movie

The Father

Anne in The Father

Turtle Journey: The Crisis in Our Oceans

Mummy Turtle in Turtle Journey: The Crisis in Our Oceans

Superworm

Narrator (voice) in Superworm

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol

Ghost of Christmas Past (voice) in Scrooge: A Christmas Carol

Girl from the North Country

Elizabeth Laine in Girl from the North Country

Confetti

Joanna in Confetti

Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee

Olivia in Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee

Zemanovaload

in Zemanovaload

Cuban Fury

Sam in Cuban Fury

The Lobster

Hotel Manager in The Lobster

Hancock & Joan

Marion in Hancock & Joan

David Attenborough Meets President Obama

Self - Narrator (voice) in David Attenborough Meets President Obama

Thomas & Friends: Tinsel on the Tracks

Marion (voice) in Thomas & Friends: Tinsel on the Tracks

The Alternativity

Narrator in The Alternativity

All The World's a Stage

The Narrator in All The World's a Stage

Letters Live from the Archive: Freemasons’ Hall

in Letters Live from the Archive: Freemasons’ Hall

Fleabag

Godmother in Fleabag

Hyde Park on Hudson

Queen Elizabeth in Hyde Park on Hudson

Locke

Bethan (voice) in Locke

Them That Follow

Hope in Them That Follow

Let's Dance

Segment: "Coffee to Go" in Let's Dance

Our Queen at Ninety

Self - Narrator in Our Queen at Ninety

Much Ado About Nothing

Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing

Unexpected Item

The Till (voice) in Unexpected Item

Ron's Gone Wrong

Donka (voice) in Ron's Gone Wrong

Buried Alive

in Buried Alive

Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave: The Movie

Marion in Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave: The Movie

The Grey Man

Linda Dodds in The Grey Man

Paddington in Peru

The Reverend Mother in Paddington in Peru

Bad Sugar

Joan Cauldwell in Bad Sugar

The Mitchells vs. the Machines

PAL (voice) in The Mitchells vs. the Machines

Wonka

Mrs. Scrubbit in Wonka

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Mama Bear (voice) in Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Hot Fuzz

PC Doris Thatcher in Hot Fuzz

I Give It a Year

Linda in I Give It a Year

The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot

Herself in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot

Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure: The Movie

Marion (voice) in Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure: The Movie

Grow Your Own

Alice in Grow Your Own

Mothering Sunday

Mrs Clarrie Niven in Mothering Sunday

Nuclear Bogeyheads

Martha in Nuclear Bogeyheads

The Time of Your Life

Amanda in The Time of Your Life

Letters Live from the Archive: Union Chapel

Self in Letters Live from the Archive: Union Chapel

Children In Need 2019: Got It Covered

Self in Children In Need 2019: Got It Covered

The Iron Lady

Carol Thatcher in The Iron Lady

Letters Live from the Archive: International Women’s Day

Self in Letters Live from the Archive: International Women’s Day

Attenborough at 90

Self in Attenborough at 90

Murder on the Orient Express

Hildegarde Schmidt in Murder on the Orient Express

Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Secret Invasion

Self - 'Sonya Falsworth' in Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Secret Invasion

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

Narrator in The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

I Could Never Be Your Woman

Hairdresser in I Could Never Be Your Woman

TV Shows

Mr. Sloane

Janet Sloane in Mr. Sloane

The Secret Life of the Zoo

Narrator in The Secret Life of the Zoo

Look Around You

in Look Around You

The Mitchell and Webb Situation

in The Mitchell and Webb Situation

GMTV

Self in GMTV

Accused

Sue Brown in Accused

Doctor Who

Mother in Doctor Who

Skins

in Skins

Green Wing

Harriet Schulenburg in Green Wing

That Mitchell and Webb Look

in That Mitchell and Webb Look

The Office

Helena in The Office

The 7.39

Maggie Matthews in The 7.39

Flowers

Deborah Flowers in Flowers

Bruiser

in Bruiser

ShakespeaRe-Told

Ursula in ShakespeaRe-Told

Exile

in Exile

Twenty Twelve

Sally Owen in Twenty Twelve

Broadchurch

DS Ellie Miller in Broadchurch

Rev.

Alex in Rev.

The Night Manager

Angela Burr in The Night Manager

Peep Show

Sophie Chapman in Peep Show

Love Soup

Penny in Love Soup

People Like Us

in People Like Us

The Robinsons

in The Robinsons

NY-LON

in NY-LON

Murder in Suburbia

in Murder in Suburbia

Swiss Toni

in Swiss Toni

Beautiful People

Debbie Doonan in Beautiful People

The Great War: The People's Story

Narrator in The Great War: The People's Story

Run

Carol in Run

The Crown

Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown

Watership Down

Strawberry (voice) in Watership Down

Earth's Natural Wonders

in Earth's Natural Wonders

Would I Lie to You?

Self in Would I Lie to You?

Flatpack Empire

Self - Narrator (voice) in Flatpack Empire

The Graham Norton Show

Self in The Graham Norton Show

The Oscars

Self in The Oscars

The Oscars

Self - Best Actress winner in The Oscars

The Story of Cats

Narrator (voice) in The Story of Cats

Becoming You

Narrator in Becoming You

Les Misérables

Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables

The Simpsons

Lily (voice) in The Simpsons

Landscapers

Susan Edwards in Landscapers

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

in The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Mister Eleven

Beth in Mister Eleven

Rosie Jones' Trip Hazard

Voiceover in Rosie Jones' Trip Hazard

Natural World

Narrator in Natural World

The Kumars

Self in The Kumars

The Secrets

Pippa in The Secrets

Who Do You Think You Are?

Self in Who Do You Think You Are?

Great Expectations

Miss Havisham in Great Expectations

W1A

Sally Owen in W1A

Duck Quacks Don't Echo

in Duck Quacks Don't Echo

Black Books

Tanya in Black Books

The Time of Your Life

Amanda in The Time of Your Life

The Graham Norton Show

Self - Guest in The Graham Norton Show

The Hoarder Next Door

Self - Narrator in The Hoarder Next Door

Staged

Olivia in Staged

Midsomer Murders

Bernice in Midsomer Murders

The Mitchell and Webb Situation

Various in The Mitchell and Webb Situation

The Bear

Chef Terry in The Bear

Secret Invasion

Sonya Falsworth in Secret Invasion

73 Questions

Self in 73 Questions

Heartstopper

Sarah Nelson in Heartstopper

The Late Late Show with James Corden

Self - Guest in The Late Late Show with James Corden

Fleabag

Godmother in Fleabag

Honest Trailers

Mrs. Scrubbit (archive footage) in Honest Trailers

Honest Trailers

Sonya Falsworth (archive footage) in Honest Trailers

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

Self in Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway