Olivia Colman is in everything. She says so herself in the beginning of the Five-ish Doctors Reboot. (“Am I not in this?” she asks. “I’m usually in everything.”) Recently, at the BAFTA Craft Awards, host Stephan Mangan said that now TV can get back to doing what TV does best: Olivia Colman. And not only is she in everything, but she’s darn good at it. Let’s take a look at a few key roles.
Broadchurch (2013): Detective Ellie Miller’s role in cop drama Broadchurch is the local one. She’s the cop who knows the beat, in contrast to the new boy, DI Hardy (David Tennant). While in some ways this gives her the upper hand, it’s also a professional disability because she’s more emotionally attached to the victims.
Hot Fuzz (2007): Doris is the only “policewoman” in Sanford, but she doesn’t play the role of the lady cop. Her jokes are just as off color as the boys’. In fact, her main role in this movie seems to be making rude jokes, which just shows how comfortable she is in her position.
Peep Show (2003-2010): Sophie works with Mark (David Mitchell). She fancies him, he fancies her, but they are constantly running up against walls with each other and are never quite able to make it work in the long term.
Twenty Twelve/W1A (2011-2014): Sally is the PA of Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville) and her unrequited love for him is never reciprocated during Twenty Twelve. However…stick around for the sequel series, W1A.
Green Wing (20014-20016): Harriet is the sweet office worker in the HR division of the hospital that is picked on by the others. She’s scatterbrained because she’s up to her ears in children, and she becomes pregnant yet again. Finally, she’s able to have a bit of fun when she has an affair with the hot IT guy, Lyndon (Paterson Joseph).
Doctor Who (2010): A bit role, admittedly, but not an irrelevant one. Colman plays one of the many faces of Prisoner Zero in Matt Smith’s debut episode as the Doctor.
What’s your favorite Olivia Colman role? What role are you angry about us missing? Leave a comment!