Rev Adam is newly promoted from a sleepy rural parish to the inner-city world of St Saviour's in East London. It is a world he has little experience of. And it shows. It is a difficult job being a good, modern, city vicar. And, equally, it is a very hard job being married to one. Alex, long-suffering wife, does her best to support him, but she's got her own career as a solicitor to worry about.
Olivia Colman (born January 30 1974) is an English actress, best known for her supporting roles in various ...
It's an impossibly difficult job being a good, modern, city vicar - and it's equally hard being married to one. People can, and do, ring the vicarage doorbell whenever they feel like it - and there are no weekends off.
But Alex is no archetypal vicar's wife. Where her husband walks with the outcasts and marginalised of the world, she represents them in court. She's a spirited legal aid solicitor who's seen it all, but retained a strong sense of humour.
Alex is able to say the things Adam thinks but has to suppress - whether it's indignation at middle-class parents trying to exploit the church to get their kids into a good school, or simply swearing a lot.
She's fiercely protective and ever-supportive of Adam, even if she does read the Sunday papers during his sermons.
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