Jan. 30th, 1974
Norfolk, England, UK
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Olivia Colman (born January 30 1974) is an English actress, best known for her supporting roles in various comedy shows, such as Sophie Chapman in Peep Show, and Harriet Schulenburg in Green Wing. She trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and has appeared in radio, television and theatre.
Born in Norfolk, to a nurse mother and a chartered surveyor father.She was educated at two local independent schools Norwich High School for Girls and Gresham's School in Holt. She went on to Homerton College, Cambridge and spent a term doing a primary school teacher training course. While at Cambridge she first met future co-stars David Mitchell and 'Robert Webb' and auditioned for the Footlights. Eventually she decided to switch to drama and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Colman lives in south London with her husband Ed Sinclair, an actor turned writer whom she met at Cambridge, and their two sons.
Colman played Carol Thatcher in the Academy Award-winning 2011 film The Iron Lady. In her BAFTA acceptance speech for Best Actress, lead actress 'Meryl Streep' thanked Colman and described her as "divinely gifted". In 2012 she was nominated twice in the Best Actress category at the British Comedy Awards.
In 2013, Colman played DS Ellie Miller in the hit ITV drama Broadchurch. This eight-part drama set in the fictional Dorset town of Broadchurch follows the reaction of a tight-knit community when a young boy is killed under suspicious circumstances.
Since 2013, Colman has been a judge on the panel of the Norwich Film Festival.
- Met husband Ed Sinclair whilst at Cambridge University.
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