Eight of Olivia Colman’s greatest performances (and where you can watch them)
It was the Norwich-born woman who started out in comedy, but has grown into one of the world’s most accomplished and beloved actresses.
Over the past few years, Olivia Colman has apparently been everywhere, performing voice roles for a variety of animated feature films and winning awards for her performances on large and small screens.
To celebrate his last series Landscapers coming to Sky TV’s SoHo channel later this month, Things to watch came up with a list of eight of our favorite turns in Colman (and where you can watch them). We must also point out that it is criminal that Kiwi viewers cannot currently broadcast his breakout role in Broadchurch, the hilarious British medical sitcom Green wing, or the brilliant series of mock documentaries focused on the Olympics Twenty twelve.
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The Crown (Netflix)
Taking up the mantle of Claire Foy, Colman has been stunning as Queen Elizabeth II throughout the three and four seasons of this hit royal drama.
She gets the blend of intelligence, sharpness, and razor-sharp charm, that Dame Helen Mirren so brilliantly exuded as a Latter-day Queen in The crown film by writer Peter Morgan in 2006 The Queen, on the spot.
The Father (iTunes, GooglePlay, Neon Rentals, AroVision, Academy OnDemand)
While Sir Anthony Hopkins has received the most applause, Colman delivers a breathtaking performance that is quite his equal in this touching and heartbreaking drama of 2020.
Her turn as Anne’s exasperated daughter will strike a chord with anyone who has seen an aging parent decline.
Fleabag (Amazon Prime Video)
In Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s critically-acclaimed and audience-adored serial adaptation of her hit solo play, Colman is hilarious as the godmother of the eponymous character, who, after starting a relationship with her father, becomes then his mother-in-law.
“Long after he draws you in with his … sharp wit and messy characters, he reveals that it is in fact a tragedy,” wrote VarietyIt’s Maureen Ryan.
Colman plays the matriarch and music teacher Deborah in this dark and imaginative two-season comedy that follows the eccentric and dysfunctional members of the Flowers family.
“Not only very funny, marrying dark humor with surreal but intensely English sensibility, it was also a touching study of despair,” wrote The daily telegraphis Patrick Smith.
The Favorite (Disney +)
The black comedy of the 2018 period that won Colman an Oscar.
Though he focuses on the behind-the-scenes politics between two cousins (Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone) who attempt to be court favorites at the start of British Queen Anne’s reign in the early 18th century, Colman steals the show. as a rabbit lover, rather sub-meteorological monarch.
The Night Manager (Amazon Prime Video)
Colman is Angela Burr, head of a Foreign and Commonwealth Office task force investigating illegal arms sales, in this lavish and tension-filled six-part adaptation of John Le Carré’s 1993 novel.
She is part of a truly impressive ensemble that also includes Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki. “Combines luxurious production with razor-sharp writing, and it’s enlivened by brilliant cast,” wrote Oregonianby Kristi Turnquist.
The Lost Girl (Netflix)
Fascinating and captivating meditation on parenthood and the resulting loss of self, this 2021 adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novel is an equally interesting look at regret and self-recrimination, as well as intolerance.
It offers a welcome reminder of Colman’s ability to fully immerse herself in a role, as her character’s troubled past returns to haunt her during her vacation on the Greek island.
Rev. (TVNZ OnDemand)
Although it looks a lot like the Tom Hollander show, this British sitcom about a downtown London priest takes great advantage of Colman’s turn as Alex Smallbone, the oft-overlooked lawyer, wife of Hollander’s vicar. .
“It benefits from all the comedic DNA of classics such as At the Manor Born, Yes Prime Minister and Ever-decreasing circles, but with a decidedly modern attitude ”, wrote The Huffington Post Caroline Frost, from the series which lasts three seasons – from 2010 to 2014.