Olivia Colman is a BAFTA-nominated English actress, well known for her supporting roles in comedy shows including Sally Owen in Twenty Twelve, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA, Sophie Chapman in Peep Show, Alex Smallbone in Rev. and Harriet Schulenburg in Green Wing. Her performance in the 2011 film Tyrannosaur received critical acclaim. In 2012 she was nominated twice in the “Best Actress” category at the British Comedy Awards. She starred alongside Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent in the Academy Award-winning film The Iron Lady in 2011. In her BAFTA acceptance speech for Best Actress, Streep thanked Colman and described her as “divinely gifted.” Olivia’s latest film, Hyde Park On Hudson, sees her play the Queen Mother alongside Bill Murray and Laura Linney, and is out now.
Colman was born in Norfolk, and was educated at two local independent schools: Norwich High School for Girls and Gresham’s School in Holt.
We’re delighted to have Olivia on board this year, and look forward to hearing her opinion on our submissions.
We will continue to add patrons and judges to the festival throughout the year, but to read more about our current line up, read our Judges page.