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Some actors appear in a little bit of everything, and one of our favorites is Olivia Colman. She has lent her voice to animated films and portrayed characters in dramas, comedies, and period pieces.
She has been a part of several tv shows, web series, and movies, with a career spanning over the last few decades. Undoubtedly, she has one of the most impressive career trajectories in British film, TV, and Hollywood.
People often refer to Olivia Colman as Britain’s national treasure, and we wholeheartedly agree. We want to add that we believe she’s the world’s national treasure with her brilliant performance and versatility in playing roles.
Here’s everything you need to know about Olivia Colman, from her net worth to her biography and much more:
Most recently, Olivia Colman’s net worth has been reported to be somewhere around $8 million. Considering all her credits and accolades, we’re shocked to learn it isn’t more! Details of her salary are hard to come by, but we guess that she was paid around $50,000 per episode of The Crown, based on the published salaries of her castmates.
In 2023, she will be featured in the anticipated movie Wonka, and we can’t wait to see how her future performances impact her net worth. Believe it or not, for the entirety of her career, Olivia Colman has had over a hundred roles, whether it is in movies, television, or voice-acting.
Olivia Colman was born Sarah Caroline Colman on January 30, 1974, in Norwich, Norfolk, England. She began acting at 16 when she was cast as Jean Brodie in a school production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
First, she attended Homerton College at the University of Cambridge and studied primary education for a term. While at Cambridge, she auditioned for the famous Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club and appeared on the Channel 4 series The Word.
After deciding to study drama, Colman enrolled at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She graduated in 1999 and adopted the stage name Olivia Colman, as there was already an actress named Sarah Colman listed with Equity, the actors’ union in the United Kingdom.
In 2013, she told The Independent, “I was never Sarah; my nickname, Colly, always called me, so it didn’t seem so awful not to be called Sarah.” She chose the first name Olivia after one of her best friends from university.
In 2000, at 26, Colman made her professional debut on the BBC Two comedy sketch show, Bruiser. She appeared in a number of television series, such as The Office (UK), The Time of Your Life, and People Like Us, as well as on BBC Radio 4 comedies. She has also worked with comedians David Mitchell and Robert Webb, whom she met at Cambridge.
Colman began to land more widely known roles in the 2010s. She played the supporting role of Carol Thatcher, daughter of the late former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, in the 2011 Academy Award-winning biographical film The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent.
She began playing the role of DS Ellie Miller in ITV’s Broadchurch in 2013, for which she won the International Emmy Award and BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and received a Golden Globe Award for her performance in the 2016 miniseries The Night Manager.
Colman won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a BAFTA Award for her portrayal of Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos’ 2018 film The Favourite.
Colman’s international fame increased when she was cast as Queen Elizabeth II for the third and fourth seasons of Netflix’s biographical drama series The Crown. Colman received several awards and accolades for her performance as the late queen, including two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Golden Globe Award.
Additionally, viewers may know Colman from her roles as Godmother on Fleabag and Sarah Nelson on Heartstopper. This December, she can be heard as the voice of the Ghost of Christmas Past in Netflix’s new animated musical, Scrooge: A Christmas Carol. Some of her upcoming projects include Marvel’s Disney+ miniseries Secret Invasion, the musical fantasy film Wonka, and the FX-BBC series Great Expectations, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.
Colman met her husband, Ed Sinclair, in the late 1990s while performing in Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s Table Manners. At the time, Sinclair was a third-year law student but preferred to write. They married in August 2001 and have three children. Sinclair has gone on to write for television, having created and written the HBO true crime miniseries Landscapers, in which Colman starred.
Apart from Ed and her, Colman has never been involved in any dating rumors, and her relationship with Ed Sinclair is the only one the media has ever been aware of.
Colman is the daughter of chartered surveyor Keith Colman and nurse Mary Leakey, a former professional dancer. She appeared on the UK genealogy program Who Do You Think You Are? In July 2018, during which she learned that her fourth great-grandfather, Richard Campbell Bazett, worked in London for the East India Company.
She has a brother and a half-sister, whose names Colman has not shared. She shares three children with her husband – two sons, Finn and Hall, born in 2005 and 2007, and a daughter, whose name they have not revealed, born in 2015.
With so many incredible upcoming projects and an extensive list of past credits, Olivia Colman is someone we’re looking forward to watching in the future! One of her favorite roles is Godmother on Fleabag, where her comedic roots shine.
Do you have a favorite role of hers? Has she starred in any of your favorites without you realizing it? Share your thoughts in the comments below!