At the 2019 Academy Awards, Olivia Colman won the Oscar for Best Actress. It was her first Academy Award win in long career.
While no one could deny Colman’s immense talent, the win was something of a surprise for an actor who didn’t have the name recognition of some of her fellow nominees.
Unlike some of those other nominees, not as much is known about Colman’s life offscreen or her career before her breakout performance in the past year. She has appeared in multiple other films prior to this without the same level of exposure as she’s experiencing now.
The mystery surrounding Colman led some to want to find out more about Colman and her life. For example, how old is Olivia Colman, and how long has she been married to her husband?
Let’s take a look at these two questions as well as some other background information on Colman.
What Role Won Olivia Colman the 2019 Oscar for Best Actress?
Colman won the Oscar for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite. The critically acclaimed film has a 94% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. One of the highlights of the film is Colman’s performance.
In the film, Colman’s Queen Anne is in a relationship with Lady Sarah, a member of the British nobility played by Rachel Weisz. When Sarah’s cousin Abigail comes to work at the royal palace and the Queen takes a liking to her, it threatens to disrupt the balance of power in the Queen’s court.
The film is about the struggle between the two women to curry favor – and more importantly, the Queen’s ability to manipulate both of them to serve her own ends. While both Stone and Weisz turned in solid performances, Colman’s Queen Anne was the breakout star of the piece. She was the only star of the film to come away with an Oscar.
What Are Some Other Notable Films Olivia Colman Has Appeared In?
Some other major films Colman appeared in – loved by either critics, audiences, or both – include the Kenneth Branagh directed adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, alongside Simon Pegg in Hot Fuzz, and as an evil hotel manager in 2015’s The Lobster.
Notable television shows Colman appeared in include The Night Manager with Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie as well as Rescue Me with Denis Leary.
What Are Some of Olivia Colman’s Upcoming Roles?
Colman’s next major role is not in a film but in a streaming series. In 2019 and 2020, Colman will star as Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix series The Crown. She’ll take the role over from Claire Foy, portraying Britain’s current monarch at a later point in her life.
Her next film role is as the character of Hope in drama Them That Follow, a drama set for wide release in June 2019.
How Old is Olivia Colman?
Colman was born on January 30, 1974, in Norwich, Norfolk, England, meaning she just turned 45 years old last month. While she has already had a long and successful (if under the radar) career, her stock will do nothing but rise after receiving an Academy Award.
How Long Have She and Her Husband Been Married?
Colman and her husband Ed Sinclair have been married since 2001. They met at Cambridge University where they were both joined the Footlights Dramatic Club. Sinclair initially enrolled to study law but changed his mind and switched to theater. After university, they both studied theater further at Bristol Old Vic Theater School where they were both accepted.
They have been a couple since 1993. The highlights of their relationship include three children together.
While by all accounts the couple is a happy one, we hope Sinclair doesn’t mind company: after her Oscar win, Colman joked that her Academy Award would be joining her and her husband in bed.