Sarah Caroline Olivia Colman was born in Norwich, UK and has gone on to become one of Britain's most prominent television and film actresses, and a three-time BAFTA TV Award winner.
Colman first came to prominence for her supporting role as Sophie Chapman in the Channel 4 Television comedy series Peep Show (2003–10). However she has also starred in several other television comedy roles during this period, including Green Wing (2004–06), Beautiful People (2008–09), Rev. (2010–14) and Twenty Twelve (2011–12), as well as playing various roles in That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006–08), alongside her Peep Show co-stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb.
She has also worked on several prominent comedy films including mockumentary Confetti (2006) alongside Robert Webb, and Hot Fuzz (2007), where she first met prominent British director, Paddy Considine.
Considine was then involved in Colman's move to drama, which saw her perform in his first two films Dog Altogether (2007), and Tyrannosaur (2011) for which she won a World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Breakout Performance at Sundance, and Best Actress at the British Independent Film Awards and the Evening Standard British Film Awards. Colman went on to receive critical acclaim for her performances as Carol Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011), Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother in Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) and Bethan in Locke (2013).
In 2012, she appeared in the BBC One series Accused, for which she won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Supporting Actress. At the same ceremony, she also won Best Female Comedy Performance for Twenty Twelve.
In 2013, she began her role as DS Ellie Miller in the ITV crime series Broadchurch, which won her the BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress. Season two of Broadchurch was broadcast on ITV from January 2015.Visit Olivia's IMDb page