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Oscars 2022: Olivia Colman’s rise to fame – from car insurance ads to the Oscar-winning actress

By on March 27, 2022 0

Olivia Colman is a staple actress who has starred in The Crown, Fleabag, Broadchurch alongside David Tennant and many more.

The Oscar-winning actress is nominated again for her role as Leda in The Lost Daughter in 2021, having won the Best Actress Oscar in 2019 for her role in The Favourite.

The 48-year-old actress, who is on track to win her second Best Actress Oscar, began her career in comedy and insurance commercials.

Like most actors, Olivia didn’t just waltz into big-budget Hollywood products, she made a name for herself in the UK with Peep Show and Hot Fuzz.

Here’s a little insight into Olivia’s career so far.



Olivia Colman attends the 91st Oscar Nominees Champagne Tea Reception

Carrier start

Olivia had ambitions to be an actress from an early age, like “a secret dream, like talking to animals,” she said. Forbes.

On her way to fame, the mother-of-two struggled to study before landing her breakout role on Peep Show.

“I had to go back to school for another year because I did so poorly in my final exams,” the zany actress said. the Hollywood journalist .

“No university would have me. So I went to Homerton in Cambridge [to become a teacher] but didn’t last very long [because] I was not very good at studying.

However, after two years of studying at Bristol’s Old Vic drama school, she discovered that life as an actress was not going to be easy.

“I worked as a temp and housekeeper for quite a long time, but then Lindy King of what was called PFD pulled me off the show when I finished drama school, so I got her at my side,” Colman recalled.

“She was placing me for all kinds but I wasn’t getting any auditions.”

Despite all the setbacks, she was determined to fight on.



Colman joined Footlights pals David Mitchell and Robert Webb as Sophie in the incomparable TV comedy Peep Show.
Colman joined Footlights pals David Mitchell and Robert Webb as Sophie in the incomparable TV comedy Peep Show.

“I’ve never been crushed [by disappointment] because I knew I couldn’t do anything else.

Olivia’s first acting credit was her role as a reporter interviewing David Brent, played by Ricky Gervais, on The Office UK.

But his real breakout role was on the BBC’s Peep Show, alongside David Mitchell and Robert Webb.

Olivia played Sophie Chapman on the sitcom, as viewers watched David Mitchell’s character Mark fall in love with Sophie – until the duo realized they hated each other after they got married.

After that, Olivia had roles in other major UK TV shows like Skins, Doctor Who, Green Wing and Rev.

After Broadchurch

Colman starred alongside Scottish actor David Tennant as a police duo in the ITV series Broadchurch.

Her profile was dramatically boosted when she landed the role of DS Ellie Miller on Broadchurch and she even won a BAFTA for Best Actress.

She would go on to appear in the BBC mini-series The Night Manager as a British intelligence agent for which she won the Golden Globe for Best Performing Actress.

“Olivia Colman has done it now,” the former OK! Associate Editor Phil Gould recounts Forbes.

“She’s grafted really hard over the years and made quite a bit of money from the UK shows she’s appeared on.

“But now, after winning a Golden Globe and an Oscar, she’s a much more bankable star and will attract more job offers and looks poised to make more money over the next year or so than she didn’t. ‘won in the last twenty!’



David Tennant and Olivia Colman in Broadchurch
David Tennant and Olivia Colman in Broadchurch

“She’s unlikely to earn the same kind of honorarium as Hollywood heavy hitters like Scarlett Johansson and Emma Stone, but it all depends on the roles she’s offered and accepted,” Gould explains.

“She’s a character actress like Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham-Carter, so she’s unlikely to land a role in a big, shiny, big-budget vehicle right away.

“But then again, who would have thought that Meryl, famous for her dramatic roles in Sophie’s Choice and Kramer Vs Kramer, would have ended up doing Mamma Mia, or Helena joining the cast of Oceans 8.”

Although she rose to fame and became one of the UK’s most famous actresses, Colman is not a fan.

“I hate the loss of anonymity,” she said. The Independent.

“No one teaches you how to deal with this. I now tend to stay home because it’s so weird not being on equal footing with people.

“They know your face, and you don’t know them. It’s not that people aren’t adorable, but it’s harder to deal with than you might imagine.”

Olivia has been recognized for her standout roles as Stepmother in Fleabag and Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown.

Stepping out of her comfort zone, Olivia pleaded with Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller Bridge to make her character as “awful as possible”.

“I think I begged Phoebe to be in, when she was writing the first [season]”, said Colman Weekly entertainment.

“I’ll be forever grateful to Phoebe, because she said, ‘What kind of things do you want to say?’ And I went, ‘Could you write me someone who’s a total c***?’ So she invented this person for me.

She was then nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her role in the comedy series Fleabag.

For her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix period drama series The Crown, she received two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a Primetime Emmy Award, among others.



Olivia Coleman attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards
Olivia Coleman attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards

Oscars 2022

Olivia is nominated for Best Actress for her role as Leda in The Lost Daughter, her portrayal of a vacationing college professor in Greece who turns out to be “an unnatural mother.”

If she wins Best Actress at the 2022 Oscars, Coleman will join an exclusive club of actresses who have managed to win the award twice.

Only 12 actresses have won the impressive accolade twice – Jane Fonda for Klute and Coming Home, Jodie Foster for The Accused and The Silence of the Lambs, Meryl Streep for Sophie’s Choice and The Iron Lady, Hilary Swank for Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby and Elizabeth Taylor Butterfield 8 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, to name a few.

Colman was nominated for Best Actress for the second time in 2020 for her performance in The Father, but lost to Renée Zellweger for her performance in Judy.

In the Best Actress category, Olivia faces Jessica Chastain for The Eyes of Tammy Brooke, Kristen Stewart for Spencer, Nicole Kidman for Being The Ricardos and Penelope Cruz for Madres Paralelas.

The Lost Daughter is nominated in three categories for the 2022 awards ceremony – Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.

This year, the Oscar ceremony will take place on March 28, 2022.

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