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BOVTS alumna Olivia Colman wins BAFTA for Best Actress

The Conservatoire is delighted to congratulate Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alumna Olivia Colman, who has been awarded a BAFTA for Best Actress for her performance in period comedy-drama The Favourite.

Coming just weeks after her Golden Globe triumph, Olivia again won over press and viewers alike with her unique style during her acceptance speech, which can be watched in full on the BBC’s YouTube channel.

The Favourite has won widespread praise from film critics and dominated Sunday’s awards, winning in seven categories of the 12 for which it received nominations. Set at the opening of the eighteenth century, Olivia plays the eccentric Queen Anne, supported by a stellar cast of Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz who play cousins vying for the Queen’s affection.

Commenting on her win, Olivia said: “As far as I’m concerned, all three of us are the same and should be the leads, and it’s weird we can’t do that. This is for all three of us. It’s got my name on it but we can scratch in some other names.”

The film has also received ten nominations for the upcoming 91st Academy Awards –  the Oscars – including a further nomination for Olivia as Best Actress. The awards take place in Hollywood on 24 February.

Olivia trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 1999 from the Professional Acting course. Commenting on Olivia’s recent successes, Artistic Director Jenny Stephens said: “We are delighted that Olivia is getting the recognition that she so thoroughly deserves. She is a great credit to our school.”

Olivia became a household name for her supporting role in Channel 4 comedy Peep Show (2003 – 2015) followed by a starring role in ITV’s Broadchurch (2013 – 2017). She also stars in the much-anticipated upcoming season of Netflix’s The Crown, where she takes over the reins from Claire Foy to play Queen Elizabeth II.

Remarkably for the School, fellow alumni Josh O’Connor (God’s Own Country; The Durrells) and Erin Doherty (Call the Midwife) also play leading roles in the forthcoming drama as Prince Charles and Princess Anne, respectively. Perhaps even more extraordinarily, all three have recently appeared together in BBC’s Les Misérables.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and the Conservatoire would like to wish Olivia and fellow cast and crew of The Favourite all the best for the forthcoming Oscars.