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Olivia Colman to be made CBE in the Queen's birthday honours


Actress Olivia Colman is to be awarded with a CBE for her contributions to drama in the Queen’s birthday honours. 

Colman, whose fantastically successful year has seen her awarded with Best Actress at the Oscars for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite, also resulted in a Bafta and a Golden Globe triumph.

The actress, who began her career in multiple different TV roles which included an ever popular stint in Channel 4 show Peep Show, will be honoured in her real name Olivia Sinclair after she married her husband Ed Sinclair in 2001.

“I’m totally thrilled, delighted and humbled to be in the company of these incredible people,” Colman said of the news. “Most of whom have been nowhere near as visible as I have, but should be – and hopefully now will be. It’s such an honour,” she added.

Following her major success in Yorgos Lanthimos’ film, Colman will again be taking up a royal role when she will play Queen Elizabeth II in the third series of The Crown, taking over from Claire Foy later this year.

“It could not be more different,” she previously said when comparing the two roles as Queen. “I find the harder is Queen Elizabeth because everyone knows what she looks like, everyone knows what she sounds like, everyone has an opinion on whether the casting is right.

She added: “And I am loving the job, I am loving trying to play her, but I find her harder.”

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