The Favourite actress revealed how a transplant gave classmate Pip “hope in the darkness”.
Colman urges the public to sign up to the charity’s stem cell register, which she and husband Ed Sinclair joined in 2008, so that others have a chance of living. In the film, she says: “Sadly my friend Pip didn’t make it, but together we can make sure more people like Pip do make it. We want more people on the register. It’s just a little swab of the mouth … Without you there is no cure.”
Pip’s only chance of survival had been a donor who could provide a perfect match, according to Colman. Soon a donor was found in Australia. “Anthony Nolan did an amazing thing,” Colman said. She became patron of Anthony Nolan in July last year.
About 2,000 people in the UK need a stem cell transplant every year. Donations from young men and people with black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds are needed in particular.
Anthony Nolan’s chief executive Henny Braund said: “It is wonderful to have Olivia’s support and I am grateful to her for sharing this heartfelt story. This will help us continue to give hope to thousands of people every year.”
The Favourite, the new Irish-produced film from The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos, which stars Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone, is to receive its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival.
The period drama is the third collaboration between Greek director Lanthimos and Irish company Element Pictures, and follows their success with The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Lanthimos, Colman and Weisz previously worked together on The Lobster.
Set in the early 18th Century, The Favourite promises much in the way of political and personal intrigue involving Britain’s Queen Anne (Colman), the Duchess of Marlborough (Weisz) and her servant, Abigail Hill (Stone).
Sensing an opportunity to move back up the social ladder, Abigail becomes the Queen’s new companion and, we are told, “she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way”.
The Favourite will screen in competition at the Venice International Film Festival, which runs from August 29 to September 8.
It will be released worldwide by film studio Fox Searchlight, opening in US cinemas on November 23 – a key month in awards season – and in Ireland on January 1.
One of the film’s Irish producers, Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney, described Venice as “the ideal world premiere for Yorgos’ bold and audacious foray into period filmmaking”.
“We hope audiences will embrace this unique and entertaining film and we are delighted to be working with Fox Searchlight on its international release,” he added.
It’s been a long old wait for Broadchurch fans. 22 months, to be precise. But patience is rewarded and today brings us our very first glimpse (and when we say glimpse, we mean glimpse) at the third series of ITV’s hit crime drama.
The new trailer comes courtesy of BBC America who have tweeted a ten-second teaser for the new episodes, the first trailer we’ve had promoting the show’s return. (So far fans have had to make do with scraps of information and a moody-looking picture of David Tennant, Olivia Colman and new co-star Julie Hesmondhalgh.)
So, what does this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it teaser bring us? Well, there’s the quintessential Broadchurch cliff shot, some intense staring on the part of Tennant’s DI Alec Hardy and Colman’s DS Ellie Miller, and a brief look at Arthur Darvill’s Rev. Paul Coates (yes, he’s back too!)
Jodie Whittaker’s Beth Latimer also features, but perhaps most intriguing is this frame which features Tom Miller – the son of Ellie and Danny Latimer’s murderer Joe – looking to Mark Latimer as he strolls through an official-looking building alongside Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s junior barrister Abby Thompson. Remember, Tom and Mark used to meet up in secret in Susan Wright’s caravan before the teenager testified against Danny’s dad in court.
The scene bears a striking resemblance to the events of series two – and indeed, could be an old piece of footage – but, if new, it may hint at what’s in store from the third series. We already know the plot will follow Hardy and Miller’s investigation of a sexual offence, but quite how the Latimers and the rest of Broadchurch’s residents fit into the storyline remains to be seen.
The third series of Broadchurch was filmed last summer and is due back on screens early next year. It will be the final instalment of the hit drama as creator Chris Chibnall will become Doctor Who showrunner when Steven Moffat steps down next Christmas.