Actress Olivia Colman has built a sustainable career over the past decade. Colman rose to prominence in the early 2010’s as she began to show up in a series of strong dramas. First was “Tyrannosaur” in 2011, quickly followed by “Broadchurch” in 2013. Colman’s star hit a new peak “The Lobster” in 2015 and “The Night Manager” in 2017. She won a Golden Globe for the latter, catapulting her as a candidate to one day lead a prestige project. After the release of “The Favourite” trailer last week, she looked to be on that path. However, her bigger project is likely to be “The Crown,” the Netflix series that just took home 13 Emmy nominations.
Early this morning, Netflix released the first image of Olivia Colman in the role as Queen Elizabeth II. As expected, Colman appears to look the part of the Royal family matriarch. The actress takes over the role from Claire Foy, who received resounding praise for her take on the Queen. The new season also adds Tobias Menzies as Prince Phillip, Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, and Ben Daniels as Anthony Armstrong-Jones.
The plan from day one of the show, according to series creator Peter Morgan, has been to trade out the leads of the show every two seasons. While Colman will only have the role for a short time, she is likely to do a lot with it. Foy was able to grab two Emmy nominations, a win at the Golden Globes, and won two SAG awards for her performance. With Colman’s talent, it is likely she’ll pull similar results.