Costumes from multi-award-winner The Favourite go on display at Blenheim Palace

A collection of costumes, made by esteemed British designer Sandy Powell for the 2019 film The Favourite, have gone on display at Blenheim Palace as part of a new exhibition, ‘Battlefields & Baroque’, a retrospective celebrating the life of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough. 

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The pieces, which are historical representations of period dress made with modern fabrics, will be held at the residency for the public to enjoy until 19 June. 

Powell, who has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design 15 times, winning three awards for the films Shakespeare in Love (1998), The Aviator (2004), and The Young Victoria (2009), chose the monochrome style of black and white for the court characters in The Favourite, in order to differentiate them from the outside world. 

The film, which was based on Queen Anne’s escapades at court, starred Olivia Colman as the monarch (who won an Oscar for her performance) and Rachel Weisz as Sarah, 1st Duchess of Marlborough, alongside Mark Gatiss as Churchill. 

Queen Anne gifted the duke his title following his victories over Louis XIV in 1697, which ‘forever changed the face of Europe’. However, the duke fell out of favour with the sovereign due to his supposed scheming at court, and was exiled from the country, only to return safely after her death in 1714. 

According to letters and diaries accumulated from the period, Churchill married his wife Sarah for love, despite the traditional concept of marriage as being largely a business transaction aimed at optimising power and wealth. 

The costumes will be displayed alongside 18th-century armour, instruments, maps, documents and artefacts from the Blenheim archive. 

The palace, which is the only non-royal, non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of ‘palace’, is currently the stately seat owned by the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough.

The exhibition will run from now until 19 June 2022. For more information visit blenheimpalace.com

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Olivia Colman’s metallic Dior Oscars dress took 200 hours to make

The 2022 Oscars, which took place last night at the Dolby Theatre in LA, marked a welcome return to the ceremony in its full glory, after a smaller, socially distanced event was held last year.

Naturally, the annual Academy Awards calls for some high-octane glamour, and Olivia Colman was one of the stars to embrace high-shine metallics on the Oscars red carpet last night. The actress stepped out wearing a silver pleated lamé Dior gown, custom-made for her by womenswear creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri.

The elegant dress featured a high neck and belted waist, with theatrical exaggerated flared sleeves. It had a team of four people working on the intricate design, and took a total of 200 hours to construct and finish.

Colman’s longtime stylist, Miranda Almond, collaborated with Dior on the bespoke design, which took inspiration from the brand’s Grecian-themed Cruise 2022 collection.

“The idea was to create something that would float down the carpet and feel super light, yet have an old-school glamour element,” Almond tells us, of the dress. “[I wanted to] help Olivia shine.”

The pair have been working together for years, so much so that Almond now intuitively knows what the actress will love and look good in.

“It’s so nice to know instinctively what will work and what won’t, but to push it in new but subtle ways sometimes,” she explains, adding that when dressing a client for the red carpet she’s always aiming to create “something magical that doesn’t overwhelm the wearer. She has to feel comfortable but special and glamorous and empowered.”

Naturally, this meant that Colman loved the gown the second she tried it on. “It made her glow from the first fitting,” says the stylist.

They added glittering Chopard jewellery as the perfect finishing touch – in the form of delicate droplet earrings and matching diamond rings.

Colman had been nominated in the Leading Actress category for the 2022 Academy Awards, thanks to her performance in The Lost Daughter. Despite losing out to Jessica Chastain, the actress looked in high spirits, later attending one of the many after-parties with her husband, Ed Sinclair.

Source: harpersbazaar.com – Olivia Colman’s metallic Dior Oscars dress took 200 hours to make

Olivia Coleman dazzles at the Oscars in a floor-length metallic silver gown

Best actress nominee Olivia Coleman looked stunning in a metallic silver pleated gown as she graced the red carpet at the Oscars 2022.

The Oscar-winning actress, who was nominated for her role in The Lost Daughter this year, turned heads in the floor-length number by Dior.

The gown had a high neckline, a flowing A-line skirt, and a flattering marked waist thanks to a thin silver belt.

It came complete with dramatic flute sleeves in a look that was the epitome of old Hollywood glamour. Ed Sinclair, her husband since 2001, joined her on the red carpet.

To compliment the glitz, the actress wore stunning diamond chandelier earrings by Chopard.

The 94th annual Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Olivia Coleman was nominated for her leading role in The Lost Daughter, directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal, but the accolade was won by Jessica Chastain for her role in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, later in the evening.

The much-celebrated actress previously took home the best actress award in 2019 for her portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favourite.

It wasn’t just Olivia’s outfit that conjured up images of classic Hollywood glamour.

Nicole Kidman walked the red carpet in a stunning, custom-made designer gown to mark her best actress nomination for her role in Being the Ricardos. While Judi Dench stunned in an all white ensemble as she attended the event.

However, hearts were stolen by Jamie Lee Curtis’ very special guest, an adorable puppy.

Source: goodhousekeeping.com – Olivia Coleman dazzles at the Oscars in a floor-length metallic silver gown

Olivia Colman to star in BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations

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Olivia Colman is to appear in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel Great Expectations, playing the role of wealthy spinster Miss Havisham.

The Oscar-winning actor 48, will star in the six-part series chronicling the life of an orphan named Pip.

The cast will also feature Fionn Whitehead as Pip, alongside Ashley Thomas, Johnny Harris, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Hayley Squires, Owen McDonnell, Trystan Gravelle and Matt Berry.

The Bafta-winning writer Steven Knight created the series, which will be executive produced by the team behind the BBC’s 2019 adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Lucy Forbes, who previously worked on BBC series This Is Going to Hurt, will act as lead director with Mark Kinsella as producer. Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol are the first two in a series of adaptations of Dickens’ novels that have been commissioned by the BBC and FX Productions.

Great Expectations, published in 1861, was initially released as a series of weekly chapters before it was published as a novel.

Martita Hunt played the role of Miss Havisham in the 1946 film version.

Source: theguardian.com – Olivia Colman to star in BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations

Olivia Colman involved in Salisbury Hospital Covid poetry project

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Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman has been involved in a Salisbury Hospital poetry project.

The hospital has published a new collection of poetry about the Covid pandemic, and Olivia Colman has been recorded reading two of the newly commissioned poems for YouTube.

The actress is patron of The Stars Appeal, the official NHS charity for Salisbury District Hospital.

The Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust collection of poems – ‘My Name is Mercy’ – is inspired by some of the hospital staff’s experiences during the pandemic.

Olivia Colman reads the poems ‘Fifth Season’, which is based on a patient’s true story, and ‘Nightshift’, which has recently been chosen by Poetry Archive Now as one of the poems of 2021.

Fifth Season

Night Shift

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Olivia Colman, Rowan Atkinson, Sally Hawkins join ‘Wonka’ as UK shoot starts

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Olivia Colman, Rowan Atkinson and Sally Hawkins have joined Warner Bros’ Wonka as production got underway in the UK on Wednesday (September 29).

The trio join Timothée Chalamet in the lead role as Willy Wonka in the studio’s Roald Dahl spin-off. New cast include Matt Lucas, Mathew Baynton, Tom Davis, Simon Farnaby, Rich Fulcher, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Paterson Joseph, Keegan-Michael Key, Colin O’Brien, Natasha Rothwell, Rakhee Thakrar and Ellie White.

Paul King of the Paddington films directs and Harry Potter universe producer David Heyman produces alongside Luke Kelly, who produced the recent feature adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches as well as the upcoming Matilda, and Alexandra Derbyshire, who was executive on the Paddington films.

Wonka takes place prior to events in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and imagines the origins of the young inventor. King wrote the screenplay with Paddington 2 co-writer Farnaby (with prior writers including Simon Rich, Simon Stephenson, Jeff Nathanson, and Steven Levenson). Michael Siegel and Rosie Alison are executive producers.

Wonka is scheduled to open on March 17, 2023. Warner Bros handles global distribution.

Source: screendaily.com – Olivia Colman, Rowan Atkinson, Sally Hawkins join ‘Wonka’ as UK shoot starts

Olivia Colman and Matt Lucas join forces for exciting GOSH initiative

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Comedian Matt Lucas and actress Olivia Colman have joined forces with Great Ormond Street Hospital’s play team to launch their new Power of Play hub – a new free online activity resource for children.

The hub came about following research by GOSH Charity, which discovered that two thirds (66%) of parents polled were concerned that the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on how children play will have long-term impacts on their child’s wellbeing.

Three-quarters (74%) of parents said that play has “helped their child cope” as the world around them has changed beyond recognition.

The Power of Play hub provides an outlet for children to express themselves and their emotions, with brand new stories, audio recordings, activities and ideas that use play to help children (and their parents) cope with all types of childhood challenges.

Actress Olivia Colman voices a TV advert to support the campaign, while Little Britain star Matt Lucas narrates a poem featuring Tweedledee and Tweedledum about the pair being separated due to illness.

Matt Lucas said: “What is Tweedledee without Tweedledum? As we discover in this beautiful new poem, he is worried and anxious at being far away from his much-loved brother. It was a moving experience to step back into the characters of Dee and Dum once more, and share their feelings with other children and parents who might have struggled with being far away from their loved ones, especially during the last 18 months.

“I hope the raucous, playful game that Alice introduces them to in this poem will inspire parents and children alike to turn to play as a way of coping during times of sadness.”

The online hub also has a new Peter Pan story, in which Peter feels lonely but Tinker Bell devises a game to give Peter the confidence he needs to tackle his worries and make new friends.

Beano fans will gain support from the website’s exclusive comic, where Dennis and Gnasher use play and pranks to come to terms with a cancer diagnosis. And there’s new animation of Hey Duggee, who uses play to help Frog when her new siblings arrive, and things feel different.

Coming soon to the hub in October is a new Horrid Henry animation and an audiobook from CBeebies’ JoJo & Gran Gran.

The free animations, audiobooks and activities are designed to help parents and children deal with themes including loss, loneliness, sadness, illness and isolation, which many children have experienced during the pandemic.

Laura Walsh, Head of Play at Great Ormond Street Hospital says: “Play is a superpower at the fingertips of all children, and it’s especially important at times of change or worry, when building our children’s resilience can help them to cope with life’s challenges.

“While the last 18 months have seen children adapt to circumstances none of us could have imagined, this September they’ll also have the ordinary childhood experiences likes starting school and making new friends.

“Using our years of experience as play specialists at GOSH, we have teamed up with GOSH Charity and some much-loved children’s characters to create our Power of Play hub and bring to life the transformative power of play. We’re really proud to offer parents free, trustworthy, practical tips and resources to help their children embrace play to overcome their worries and discover all that life has to offer them.”

Source: hellomagazine.com – Olivia Colman and Matt Lucas join forces for exciting GOSH initiative

The Crown’s Olivia Colman stuns in chic all-velvet look

Suited and booted for her latest red carpet appearance, Olivia Colman looked absolutely regal on Friday as she attended the 78th Venice International Film Festival. Donning a statement two-piece suit from Armani Prive, The Crown star’s velvet jacket certainly turned heads thanks to its glittering silver panels and military-style buttons. 

Accessorised to perfection, Olivia added a hint of sparkle to her outfit as she stepped out in metallic silver heels and dangly diamond earrings. Sweeping her brunette hair back into a sleek updo, the actress opted for natural and dewy makeup as she combined a grey smokey eye with a honey-hued blusher and a berry-kissed lip gloss – divine.  

In love with Olivia’s elegant ensemble? You might be surprised by just how easy it is to recreate her designer look for less. 

Retailing at a total of £338, Reiss’ luxurious velvet blazer, £268, looks so chic teamed with the high-waisted ‘Poppy’ trousers, now reduced to £70 in the sale. A timeless and versatile outfit that’ll never go out of style, the brand recommends accessorising with strappy sandals and a shimmering silk vest. 

If you’re searching for something with an even lower price point, then Nasty Gal has you covered. Priced at an affordable £33, this velvet padded blazer is almost identical to Olivia’s with its statement pointed shoulders and tailored fit. While the jacket is a stand-alone piece, there are plenty of velvet trousers available on the high street; you could even mix and match with Reiss’ high-waisted pair. 

While fans of The Crown prepare to watch Imelda Staunton take on the role of Queen Elizabeth II in series five of the hit Netflix show, Olivia has been seriously switching up projects. Set to play a fantasist murderer in the upcoming Sky drama, Landscapers, the actress’ latest role is a far cry from her critically acclaimed portrayal of the British monarch

Back in 2019, Olivia told HELLO! of her great respect for the Queen, having played her during some of the darkest days of her reign, including the Aberfan tragedy, the oil crisis and miners’ strikes, along with her own family conflicts in the run-up to the Silver Jubilee. 

Speaking ahead of the premiere for the third series of The Crown, Olivia said: “Having never really considered what I thought of her and now having played her, I think she is extraordinary. She said she would serve her country and that is what she has done – and she is now in her 90s and still serving her country. I think she is amazing. I would have definitely retired by now!”

Source: hellomagazine.com – The Crown’s Olivia Colman stuns in chic all-velvet look