Olivia Colman
Dillon Bryden
United Kingdom



It’s been quite a year for Colman: She’s an iconic queen in Netflix’s “The Crown,” a God-fearing Appalachian in the thriller “Them That Follow” and a narcissistic artist in awards darling “Fleabag.” With verve and honesty, she is not afraid to be memorably unlikable. Since her 20s, Colman has built a lengthy list of credits — “The Night Manager,” “Broadchurch,” “Hot Fuzz” — leading to a turn as querulous Queen Anne in “The Favourite,” for which she won the 2019 best actress Oscar. Britain’s Radio Times named her most powerful person in British TV. And as the world salivates for season three of “The Crown” and she steps in as Queen Elizabeth II, they know full well Claire Foy’s royal shoes will fit Colman splendidly.



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TV Review: 'The Crown' Season 3 Starring Olivia Colman

TV Review: 'The Crown' Season 3 Starring Olivia Colman

One of the most exemplary scenes of “The Crown,” both in its upcoming third season and of the series overall, concerns a royally botched television appearance. Hoping to prove to the country that they’re “perfectly normal people,” Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) and her family agree to be part of a documentary about their daily lives, which in turn only proves just how extravagant and far removed from reality they truly are. Taking in the ensuing criticism, Elizabeth only barely...


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