Olivia Colman is the “Queen” of British television. Over a career spanning nearly two decades, the actress has earned that title through several high-profile roles and mind-blowing performances. Colman emerged as one of the most celebrated character actors in British television and films after the mid-2000s with titles like ‘Beautiful People’ (2008), ‘Twelve Twelve’ (2011), ‘Accused’ (2012), ‘Rev.’ (2014), ‘Mr. Sloane’ (2014) and ‘Peep Show’ (2015). Her major movies include ‘The Iron Lady’ (2011), ‘Hyde Park on the Hudson’ (2012), ‘Tyrannosaur’ (2011), ‘Locke’ (2013), ‘The Thirteenth Tale’ (2013), and ‘Lobster‘ (2015).
Colman immortalized the detective in the 2013 drama series ‘Broadchurch‘ and the intelligence operative in the 2016 crime-drama series ‘The Night Manager.’ Both roles earned her huge fan following and immense popularity. In 2017, Colman was announced as the next actress to play the role of Queen Elizabeth II in BBC’s flagship royal series ‘The Queen.’ In 2018, she played the role of Queen Anne in the dark comedy ‘The Favourite.’ Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, the movie features Colman as an 18th-century British monarch who is more dedicated to her desires than the welfare of her subjects. Colman won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Queen Anne.
During her 2012 BAFTA acceptance speech for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in the movie ‘The Iron Lady,’ Meryl Streep called Olivia Colman ‘divinely gifted.’ Colman played Thatcher’s daughter, Carol, in the movie. At this point you might be wondering what is the next Olivia Colman movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Olivia Colman films and TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Olivia Colman movies would be as good as some of her recent ones.
5. Them That Follow (2019)
Described as an earnest melodrama, ‘Them That Follow’ features Alice Englert and Olivia Colman in the lead roles. The movie is the directorial debut of Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage. The plot follows the ordeal of a young woman raised in a Pentecostal congregation in the Appalachian peaks. She hides a deadly secret that threatens to scatter her mountain community. Torn between the loyalty to her people and the call of her heart, she finds herself in the midst of opposing forces. Moreover, the community relies on poisonous snakes to test the soul of the members! Alice Englert plays the young woman in a dilemma while Olivia Colman portrays the mother of her secret lover. The other cast includes Kaitlyn Dever, Jim Gaffigan, Walton Goggins and Thomas Mann. ‘Them That Follows’ is slated for a June 21, 2019 release.
4. Les Misérables (2018 – )
BBC’s ‘Les Misérables‘ is an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel of the same name. The six-part drama reportedly focuses on the core themes of Hugo’s original novel like love, revolution and survival. Olivia Colman plays the abusive Madame Thénardier, while Adeel Akhtar portrays her husband Monsieur Thénardier. The other cast includes Dominic West, who plays the character of Jean Valjean, and David Oyelowo as the villainous policeman Javert. Lily Collins portrays the orphaned single mom Fantine while Ellie Bamber dons the role of Fantine’s mother Cosette. The plot follows Jean Valjean who is one the run from Inspector Javert. The backdrop is the post-Napoleonic Paris, which is on the verge of a riot and Parisians are under the blanket of fear. The film is directed by Tom Shankland from a screenplay written by Andrew Davies. PBS airs ‘Les Misérables’ in the U.S. from April 14 to May 19, 2019.
3. Fleabag (2016 – )
BBC Three’s popular comedy-drama series ‘Fleabag‘ features creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge in the titular role. ‘Fleabag’ is a young woman who struggles to tame her anger, awkward social behavior and sexually insatiable nature. The other major characters in her world include Fleabag’s sister Claire (played by Sian Clifford), her father (played by Bill Paterson) and manipulative godmother (played by Olivia Colman). The plot follows Fleabag’s desperate attempts to cope up with the life in a sprawling and hostile metropolis. The series garnered positive reviews when it aired on BBC. Amazon airs ‘Fleabag’ on May 17, 2019.
2. The Crown (2016 – )
The Netflix original drama series ‘The Crown‘ is based on the award-winning play ‘The Audience’ by showrunner Peter Morgan. The series chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her younger days in the ’40s to the modern era. There are 10 one-hour episodes in every season with new actors playing the royal characters in two seasons. Claire Foy portrays the Queen in the first two seasons, while Matt Smith plays Prince Philip and Vanessa Kirby dons the role of Princess Margaret. Olivia Colman replaces Foy as the Queen in the third and fourth seasons, with Tobias Menzies playing Prince Philip. Helena Bonham Carter portrays the character of Princess Margaret. The third season, which is due for mid-2019, will reportedly pick up the timeline from 1964 to cover crucial developments like Harold Wilson’s two terms as the British Prime Minister and the Cold War. The fourth season is expected to introduce Lady Diana Spencer in the backdrop of Margaret Thatcher’s premiership.
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1. The Father (TBA)
‘The Father’ is the movie adaptation of the stage play of the same name by Florian Zeller. Olivia Colman will be seen alongside Anthony Hopkins in the film. The movie is directed by Zeller from a screenplay he co-wrote with Christopher Hampton. Hopkins plays the titular character of the father, an adamant and independent man who refuses all assistance from his daughter Anne (played by Colman). When Anne decides to move to Paris with her lover, the dad finds himself in a crisis. He tries to cope-up with the changing circumstances, which seem hostile and imposing for him. He starts to distrust the kin and even his own reality. The other cast members include Rufus Sewell, Olivia Williams and Mark Gatiss.
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