Olivia Colman - from scrubbing floors to superstardom

Olivia Colman - from scrubbing floors to superstardom

Olivia Colman - from scrubbing floors to superstardom

The world once again turned its attention to Hollywood on the evening of February 24th 2019, as the Academy Awards returned to the Dolby Theatre in the heart of Los Angeles.

Amid all the glitz and glamour, the red carpet interviews and celebrity schmoozing, an unlikely hero emerged: a former cleaner from Norwich who has taken the movie world by storm.

Olivia Colman won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in The Favourite, and in her acceptance speech she spoke about how she used to dream about Hollywood stardom while working as a cleaner.

Humble beginnings

Born in Norwich, Colman initially trained as a teacher before deciding to change career, studying drama at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Early on, when she was struggling to find acting jobs, she worked as a cleaner, a humble start she clearly hasn’t forgotten, as she revealed in her speech at the 91st Academy Awards.

“Any little girl who’s practising her speech on the telly, you never know,” she said. “I used to work as a cleaner and I loved that job, but I did spend quite a lot of my time imagining this.”

Colman began to make appearances on television in 2000, winning one of her most notable parts in the comedy series Peep Show, which was a big success and ran for nine seasons on Channel 4 from 2003 to 2015.

Her star has risen steadily over the past decade or so, with critically acclaimed roles in films such as Tyrannosaur and Murder on the Orient Express, and TV shows like Broadchurch and The Night Manager.

It’s a journey that has taken her all the way to the Oscars, where she won plenty of fans with the self-deprecating, quintessentially British way in which she accepted her award.

A Hollywood hit

Colman received the Best Actress prize for her performance as Queen Anne in The Favourite, a film that also featured stand-out turns from Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.

According to Hollywood experts, winning the Oscar could take her to a new level in the movie business and unlock many more opportunities.

Brodie Cooper, of US entertainment consultancy JDMC, told the Mirror: “Olivia’s Oscar immediately sends her into a new strata in Hollywood, both for pay and placement.

“Her agents and studios know that any project she takes next has the all-important seal of approval of the Best Actress Academy Award winner on the posters and pitch.”

Fans of the Netflix series The Crown will soon get to see Colman playing Queen Elizabeth II. Not bad for someone who started out scrubbing floors to make ends meet.

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Posted by Becky Cheall