Olivia Colman is a BAFTA-winning actress. She trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and has gone on to work extensively in film, television and theatre. Her recent feature film appearances include Cuban Fury opposite Nick Frost; Carol Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd’s Oscar® and BAFTA-winning film The Iron Lady; and Tyrannosaur directed by Paddy Considine, for which she won a World Cinema Special Jury Prize for breakout performance at Sundance, and best actress at the British Independent Film Awards and the Evening Standard British Film Awards.
On television, she was most recently seen starring alongside David Tennant as DS Ellie Miller in the second series of ITV’s smash hit crime drama Broadchurch. In 2014 she won the Best Actress BAFTA for the first series of Broadchurch. She won two BAFTA awards in 2013, for her performances as Sue in Jimmy McGovern’s Accused alongside Anne-Marie Duff; and as Sally Owen in the BBC’s hit Olympics comedy Twenty Twelve. Other recent television appearances include The Secrets with Alison Steadman; comedy Mr Sloane opposite her Cuban Fury co-star, Nick Frost; The 7:39 with Sheridan Smith and David Morrissey; and Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of The Thirteenth Tale opposite Vanessa Redgrave. She is also known for her regular roles in Peep Show, Green Wing and more recently Rev.
She has won a staggering four BIFA awards: Best Actress in 2011 for Tyrannosaur, Best Supporting Actress in 2012 for Hyde Park on Hudson, Best Supporting Actress in 2015 for The Lobster, and Best Actress in 2018 for The Favourite.