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In Praise Of… Olivia Colman

So Olivia Colman, Oscar winner, and a big one too, Best Actress for The Favourite. She was already lining up to be our new National Treasure, this has now pushed her over the line.

There's lots of radio comedy. I just discovered the other day a BBC Radio 4 sitcom she starred in as about Samuel Pepys' sister, alongside David Mitchell and Sharon Horgan, that I had no idea existed, called Pauline Pepys' Dowry. But there's also plenty of telly and thankfully plenty of clips on YouTube over the years. Here are a few favourites…

As a 'Nurse' in Channel 4's sketch show Bruiser.

As Mark's doomed love interest – and wife – Sophie, in Channel 4's Peep Show.

As an overstressed, overchildrened working mother in Channel 4's Green Wing.

The big revelation in ITV's Broadchurch (spoilers)

As the verbally promiscuous Doris in Hot Fuzz.

As Prisoner Zero in Matt Smith's first Doctor Who, The Eleventh Hour from BBC1.

As the long-suffering-but-not-really Alex, in BBC2's Rev.

As Fleabag's godmother in BBC Three's Fleabag – series 2 out any day now.

As the incredibly deep and nuanced Sally in BBC2's Twenty Twelve.

As the impossible-to-maintain matriarchal front in Flowers from Channel 4.

Getting out of a doomed relationship in BBC 2's sketch show That Mitchell & Webb Look.

As MI6 operative Burr in The Night Manager.

Her first major movie lead, in the destructively bleak Tyrannosaur.

As Queen Elizabeth II in Hyde Park On Hudson.

And now again in The Crown from Netflix.

In Praise Of… Olivia Colman

Just the other day in BBC 1's Les Miserables.

And now… The Favourite.

Just hope this is the beginning of a whole raft of Olivia Colman acceptance speeches… they could be a genre in themselves.

But what she will always be most remembered for – the Bev and Kev ads for the AA. Sorry Olivia…

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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