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Olivia  Colman
Olivia Colman

For her performance opposite Peter Mullan and Eddie Marsan in Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur, Olivia Colman won a World Cinema Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival; and the British Independent Film Award (BIFA), Empire Award, and Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress. She also won the London Critics’ Circle Film Award for Best British Actress, for her work in Tyrannosaur and Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady, opposite Meryl Streep, in tandem.

She will soon be seen in James Griffiths’ Cuban Fury, with Nick Frost, Chris O’Dowd, and Rashida Jones; and Dan Mazer’s I Give It a Year, with Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Simon Baker, and Anna Faris. Her other movies include Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz, also for Focus Features; Amy Heckerling’s I Could Never Be Your Woman, with Michelle Pfeiffer; Shane Meadows’ Le Donk and Scor-Zay-Zee; and Grow Your Own, directed by Richard Laxton.

Ms. Colman’s notable U.K. television credits include starring on the award-winning series Rev., Peep Show, Green Wing, and, most recently, Twenty Twelve. She was a BAFTA Award nominee for her performance in the latter. She appeared in the miniseries Exile alongside John Simm and Jim Broadbent, directed by John Alexander. Alongside Sharon Horgan and Julia Davis, she conceived of the idea for, and starred in, the 2012 sitcom pilot Bad Sugar; the script is by Peep Show writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, and the director is Ben Palmer.

She has also filmed Accused and Run, both due to air later in 2012, and is currently filming the crime drama series Broadchurch, starring alongside David Tennant.

Ms. Colman trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Her stage credits include Hay Fever, directed by Howard Davies, at the Noel Coward Theatre; England People Very Nice, directed by Nicholas Hytner, at the National Theatre; Long Day’s Journey Into Night, directed by Robin Phillips, at Lyric Shaftesbury Ave.; and The Threesome, directed by Gordon Anderson, at Lyric Hammersmith.