Olivia Colman is an English actress, best known for her supporting roles in various comedy shows, such as Sophie Chapman in Peep Show, Alex Smallbone in Rev. and...Read More
Olivia Colman is an English actress, best known for her supporting roles in various comedy shows, such as Sophie Chapman in Peep Show, Alex Smallbone in Rev. and Harriet Schulenburg in Green Wing. She gave a breakthrough performance in the 2011 film Tyrannosaur for which she received outstanding critical acclaim.
Colman has appeared in roles in numerous comedy films and other BBC, ITV and Channel 4 television programmes such as Bruiser, People Like Us, Look Around You, Black Books, The Office, The Time of Your Life and provided the voice-over for Five's poll for Britain’s Funniest Comedy Character. She regularly features in BBC Radio 4 comedies, such as Concrete Cow, Think the Unthinkable, The House of Milton Jones and Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. She is also the voice of Minka, the Polish secretary in the Radio 4 comedy Hut 33. Her film credits include the British mockumentary film Confetti, Alice in Grow Your Own, Doris Thatcher in Hot Fuzz and I Could Never Be Your Woman. Colman appeared as Bev, alongside Mark Burdis as Kev, in a series of television adverts for AA car insurance.
In October and November 2008, Colman appeared in the BBC sitcom Beautiful People, based on the life of Simon Doonan, as Debbie Doonan, Simon's mother. She also made a guest appearance in Skins as Naomi's mother Gina. In 2010, Colman took a leading role as Alex Smallbone, the wife of an inner city vicar, in the BBC sitcom Rev. Also in 2010, she played Mother in Matt Smith's debut Doctor Who story. In spring 2011, Colman appeared in the BBC drama Exile. Later that year, she starred alongside Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent in the Academy Award-winning film The Iron Lady.
Colman is a central member of comedians Mitchell & Webb's acting ensemble. She has appeared with them in numerous TV and radio projects, such as radio's That Mitchell and Webb Sound, and the television version, That Mitchell and Webb Look. She is also a major collaborator of actor/director Paddy Considine's acting ensemble. She has acted with Considine in two films: Shane Meadows's Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee and Hot Fuzz. Colman was also a leading cast member in Considine's first two directorial exploits; Dog Altogether and Tyrannosaur. It is for her role in Tyrannosaur that Colman has won several awards including; World cinema special jury prize, dramatic for breakout performance at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and the 2012 Kermode Award for Best Actress.
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