- Olivia Colman has received multiple awards for her work in “The Favourite” and on “The Crown.”
- “The Favourite” is Colman’s second collaboration with director Yorgos Lanthimos.
- She used to star on the British comedy “Peep Show.”
- Her first name is actually Sarah.
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Olivia Colman is best known for her roles as Queen Anne in “The Favourite” and Queen Elizabeth II on “The Crown.”
And even though you may have seen her on the big screen, you may not even know her real name.
Here are some things you might not know about the award-winning actress.
Her first name isn’t actually Olivia.
The star’s acting name is Olivia Colman, but her real name is Sarah Caroline Olivia Colman.
She won an Oscar the first time she was nominated.
Colman’s role as Queen Anne in “The Favourite” led to many awards for the actress. In addition to winning a Golden Globe and a BAFTA, the role led to her first Oscar nomination and win.
Since then, Colman has also won a Golden Globe for best actress in a television series for her work on “The Crown.”
Colman was working as a cleaner when she realised she wanted to be an actor.
Colman was training to be a primary-school teacher in Cambridge before she dropped out of school.
She told the Hollywood Reporter, “I left the college, but stayed in the town and just cycled around. I worked as a cleaner, went to other people’s lectures and did loads of plays. And that’s when I realised I didn’t want to be anything other than an actor.”
In her 2018 acceptance speech at the Oscars, Colman even paid homage to her humble roots, saying, “I used to work as a cleaner, and I loved that job, but I did spend quite a lot of my time imagining this.”
“The Favourite” is Colman’s second collaboration with director Yorgos Lanthimos and co-star Rachel Weisz.
Colman first worked with Yorgos Lanthimos on his dystopian independent comedy “The Lobster” (2015). In it, Rachel Weisz had a small role and Colman played a hotel manager.
After working with Colman on “The Lobster,” Lanthimos knew he wanted her for the role of Queen Anne in “The Favourite.”
In fact, in an interview with Deadline, Lanthimos said that he wouldn’t have made “The Favourite” without her because he couldn’t picture anyone else in the leading role.
Colman gained weight to play Queen Anne in “The Favourite.”
According to the Telegraph, Colman gained approximately two and a half stone, 35 pounds, to play Queen Anne so she wouldn’t have to use prosthetics.
When asked how she did it, she joked that “there was no technique, just triple portions.”
Fans of British comedy might know Colman as Sophie Chapman from “Peep Show.”
Colman used to star on the British series “Peep Show,” which was created by comedians David Mitchell and Robert Webb. It first aired in 2003 and it lasted for nine seasons.
The actress also appeared on “That Mitchell and Webb Look,” another comedy series by Mitchell and Webb.
Other fans might also recognise her from the series “Broadchurch.”
Other notable dramatic roles from Colman include Hannah in the film “Tyrannosaur” and Angela Burr on the TV series “The Night Manager,” which also starred Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, and Elizabeth Debicki.
Her coworkers have plenty of kind things to say about her.
When Colman won the best actress academy award for her role in “The Favourite,” her costar Emma Stone was visibly thrilled – she broke down in tears and gave Colman a kiss on the cheek.
Other people who Colman has worked with have also said kind things about the actress.
Weisz told Harper’s Bazaar, “She is just gorgeous and lovely.”
Lanthimos told Deadline, “We’re friends and collaborators and I would be happy to work together again.”
Her dog is called Alfred, Lord Waggyson.
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