Olivia Colman shows she is well suited to glamour as she pops on a tuxedo and bow tie for a new image to be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery.

The Broadchurch and Rev star appears in a newly commissioned photograph to coincide with the opening of the annual Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition at the gallery.

Taken by photographer Hana Knizova, her highly styled look was chosen as a contrast to some of the more dowdy roles she has taken in recent years.

Hana was asked to create the new image after triumphing in the John Kobal New Work Award last year which is awarded to photographer under thirty whose work is featured in the Wessing exhibition, while Olivia was chosen as the subject for her outstanding contribution to British TV and film.

She has been pictured leaning back on a vintage chaise longue in an unoccupied Victorian house in London.

Simon Crocker, who judged the John Kobal award said: “We were thrilled to have the opportunity to commission a portrait of Olivia Colman. She is an outstanding actress and was a wonderful subject for Hana who delivered a compelling portrait.”

The portrait will go on display on November 10 while the prize exhibition opens a week today (November 13).

Source: – Colman takes a step up in class

Celebrities heads have been put on sticks in preparation for the TV BAFTAs.

No, it’s not some strange ritual punishing the rich and famous – it’s simply an event worker helping set out the seating arrangements for the big event.

On Sunday, it seems the likes of Claudia Winkleman, Aaron Paul and Olivia Colman will be brushing shoulders as they’ll be seating close-by.

They’ll all be hoping for a successful night, with nominations for Strictly Come Dancing, Breaking Bad and Broadchurch – the latter earning Olivia a spot on the Leading Actress shortlist.

Everything looks good to go as host Graham Norton gets ushered to his seat.

He’s up for two prizes, firstly battling Charlie Brook, Sarah Millican and Ant and Dec to regain the Best Entertainment Performance prize, which he won in 2011 and 2012 before losing out to Alan Carr’s Chatty Man last year.

Then, The Graham Norton Show is nominated alongside Would I Lie To You?, The Revolution Will Be Televised and A League of Their Own for the Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme award.

Also in view is Helena Bonham Carter, who will be in attendance with the likes of Jamie Dornan, Susanna Reid and James Corden.

Departing Strictly Come Dancing host Sir Bruce Forsyth will also be there, along with EastEnders star Danny Dyer.

Source: – Heads of Olivia Colman and Aaron Paul mounted on sticks as part of BAFTAs preparations

David Tennant and Olivia Colman have been confirmed for the second series of Broadchurch, after more than a year of rumours.

The duo, who played DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller in the original run, will be re-joined by Arthur Davill (back as Reverend Paul Coates), Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan (murdered schoolboy Danny Latimer’s parents).

The storyline remains a secret but, if it’s anything like the first, millions of us will be hooked yet again. Last spring saw over 8 million viewers tune in to see Miller’s husband Joe revealed as the murderer in a nail-biting finale.

“The reaction to Broadchurch from UK viewers has been incredible,” executive producer Jane Featherstone told “So, we’d like viewers to enjoy the new series knowing as little as possible about what’s to come and for the story to unfold in real time.”

Steve November, ITV’s director of drama, added that the production team really are remaining “tight-lipped”. “Suffice to say Chris (Chibnall) has delivered as always and the scripts are just as exciting as the first series,” he said.

It remains to be seen whether Charlotte Beaumont, Will Mellor, Vicky McClure and the acclaimed Pauline Quirke will reprise their roles.

Filming is set to begin in Dorset shortly, with James Strong directing the first two episodes. Strong helmed five episodes of the first series.

Tennant’s character was last seen suffering a heart attack, leading many fans to doubt his reappearance. The Doctor Who star has also been shooting Broadchurch’s US remake, Gracepoint, with Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn, leading to concerns over his busy schedule.

Viewers have known that a second series is coming since the end credits of the last show broadcast the words “Broadchurch will return” to great excitement.

Source: Broadchurch series 2: Colman and Tennant confirmed for return

ITV are preparing to launch their brand new subscription channel ITV Encore and this week they’ve premiered a brand new video promo for the new venture.

The channel will air the best of ITV’s original drama, new and old and will feature shows such as Broadchurch, The Prey, Law & Order: UK, Downton Abbey and Foyle’s Law.

The new ‘Where Drama Lives’ trail states:

“ITV, where drama lives, where stories stay with us and characters never fade. Now there is a new place to celebrate this. A place to discover, a place to revisit the best in modern British drama. A new channel dedicated to drama. ITV Encore….welcome to our family.

The promo features stars such as David Tennant, Olivia Colman, John Simm, Sheridan Smith and Bradley Walsh.

ITV Encore will launch on Sky Channel 123 on Monday 9th June.

Source: – New ITV encore trailer

Last summer, BroadwayWorld reported that The National Theatre’s “documentary-style” musical LONDON ROAD would be made into a feature film, with screenplay by playwright and book writer Alecky Blythe, scriptwriter and playwright Moira Buffini, and director Rufus Norris. Composer Adam Cork adapted the score.

Now, the Daily Mail writes that actress Olivia Colman will play ‘Julie’ in the upcoming movie.

London Road is located in Ipswich, Suffolk, and the plot of the show takes place during the Ipswich serial murders and trial of killer Steve Wright in 2006. The musical follows the residents of London Road trying to rebuild their community after the killing of five women.

Julie is described as “the Neighborhood Watch event organizer who comes up with the idea for London Road In Bloom as a way of shooing the darkness away. Julie becomes the queen of the hanging baskets, and she sings about filling them with begonias, petunias and busy lizzies”.

Batman star Tom Hardy will also play a small role in the film as: “Mark, a taxi driver who has one scene where he sings about a rather morbid passion he enjoyed as teenager.” Also in the cast are Linzi Hateley, Anita Dobson, Eloise Laurence, and the ensemble from the original production.

The original production featured Clare Burt, Rosalie Craig, Kate Fleetwood, Hal Fowler, Nick Holder, Claire Moore, Michael Shaeffer, Nicola Sloane, Paul Thornley, Howard Ward and Duncan Wisbey, who played 70 parts between them.

LONDON ROAD originally opened at the Cottesloe Theatre in April 2011, then was re-staged with Norris directing at the Olivier Theatre in 2012. The production was nominated for 2012 Olivier Awards for Best New Musical, Best Actress in a Musical for Kate Fleetwood, Best Director for Rufus Norris and Best Theatre Choreographer for Javier De Frutos.

Colman’s upcoming big screen projects include Pudsey the Dog: The Movie, The Lobster and the TV series Mr. Sloane. She has also appeared on TV in Broadchurch, Twenty Twelve, Rev., Exile, Beautiful People and more. She has appeared in the films Locke, The Iron Lady, Tyrannosaur and many more.

Source: – Olivia Colman joins cast of musical film London Road

SMASH-hit TV thriller Broadchurch, which made a global star of West Bay, is set to become an equally irresistible read.

“Broadies” have had a first glimpse of the cover of the novel based on the ITV drama which was written by Bridport’s Chris Chibnall.

The publisher’s website The Crime Vault has revealed the cover for the official novel of the series, which starred David Tennant and Olivia Colman as the two police detectives investigating the shocking murder of a young boy in a sleepy coastal town, which aired a year ago.

The mystery of who killed Danny Latimer gripped the nation, hooking nine million viewers.

The novelisation by author Erin Kelly which will be published by Sphere in August, is based on the original story, but promises fans material that did not appear on screen.

A spokesman for the The Crime Vault said: “Inspired by the first series, Erin Kelly’s novel contains never-before-seen material, adding great depth and insights to the unforgettable cast of characters.

“This is a must-read not only for everyone who loved the TV programme ahead of the second series but for all fans of evocative, atmospheric crime drama.”

Chris Chibnall said: “Erin’s writing is beautiful and suffused with tension; from the moment I first read her gorgeous insights into a world and characters I thought I knew well, I was hooked and desperate to read more.”

Erin Kelly is the author of three psychological thrillers, The Poison Tree, The Sick Rose and The Burning Air. She also works as a freelance journalist.

Meanwhile Broadchurch is leading the field in the Royal Television Society Programme Awards nominations.

Broadchurch star Olivia Colman was nominated for best actress, alongside her fellow Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker, and Sharon Rooney, for E4’s My Mad Fat Teenage Diary.

Chris Chibnall is nominated for best drama writer, against Dennis Kelly for Utopia and Marlon Smith and Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan for Run, both on Channel 4, with the ITV show also in the running for best drama serial, against BBC2’s Top of the Lake and BBC3’s In The Flesh.

The RTS Programme Awards, hosted by comedian Tim Vine, take place next Tuesday, March 18, in London.

Source: – Fans get first glimpse of Broadchurch the novel

DF32ED9A06A888D54C929BC6D5FD9_h498_w598_m2 Olivia Colman and Alison Steadman are set to star in new BBC One drama The Secrets.

The five-part series, each featuring “an explosive story with a secret at the heart of it”, has been penned by new writers and will be broadcast later this year.

Stories in the Working Title Television production, directed by Dominic Savage, include monogamy, a police officer having an affair with his brother’s wife and a bride who discovers on the eve of her wedding that her fiance was once accused of a shocking crime.

Broadchurch actress Olivia and Gavin And Stacey star Alison feature in an episode penned by Nick Payne, whose play Constellations, starring Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins, was nominated for an Olivier Award.

The episode, which also features Steve Oram, tells the story of a vet expecting her first child, who has all the chemicals to put pets to sleep, and a mother who is chronically ill and wanting to die.

The other three writers are Elinor Cook, Ben Ockrent and Sarah Solemani, who played Rosie Gulliver in BBC Three comedy Bad Education.

Bafta-winning director Dominic, best known for True Love, Freefall and Dive, said: “I am delighted to be part of this new strand which really illustrates what the BBC stands for. Working with new and talented writers along with the best actors the UK has to offer is a real privilege and I can’t wait to get started.”

Source: Olivie Colman set for the Secrets

134859904gMind, the mental health charity has announced Scott Mills from BBC Radio 1 will host their Mind Media Awards 2013.

Actress Olivia Colman will also guest present an award at the event, which honours the best portrayals and reporting of mental health problems across broadcast, print and digital media.

The media has amazing power to inform and to inspire. It has a duty to tell the truth about mental health problems and in doing so, challenge the painfully outdated opinions that many people still hold.

This is why I’m so proud to host this year’s Mind Media Awards, sponsored by Virgin Money Giving, to celebrate those in the industry who have stepped up to the plate, recognised the stand they can take to crush stereotypes, and told the real story of mental health. – Scott Mills

Through candid press interviews and his autobiography Love You Bye, Scott has detailed his own battles with anxiety and panic attacks from a young age. His unguarded honesty has given confidence to many others, to in turn speak out and seek help for their own experiences.

I believe authenticity is at the heart of any drama worth its salt – it’s as true for costume design as a character’s accent, but it’s vital that programme makers understand there’s no exception when it comes to the portrayal of mental health problems. The media industry has huge influence and with that comes a responsibility to contest the stigma that sadly still exists, through accurate representation. – Olivia Colman

This year marks 20 years of the awards and the charity’s ongoing work to challenge sensationalism and misinformation about mental health problems in the media. The 2013 shortlist has been announced, to include Stacey Solomon’s documentary for BBC Three Depression, Teen Mums & Me, Channel 4’s My Mad Fat Diary and Glamour magazine’s print campaign Hey, It’s OK. For the full Mind Media Awards shortlist, click here.

The gong show is sponsored by Virgin Money Giving. The event will be held at The British Film Institute on Monday the 18th of November.

Source: – Scott Mills and Olivia Colman to host the 20th Mind Media Awards

Olivia+Colman+Summer+TCA+Tour+Day+2+X-yvFAMhDa9l Stephen Fry, Olivia Colman and Sir Derek Jacobi are among the stars set to appear in the second series of comedy series This Is Jinsy.

The brainchild of Chris Bran and Justin Chubb, This Is Jinsy follows the struggle of Arbiter Maven (Chubb) and Sporall (Bran) to control the knitwear-loving residents of an extraordinary island, combining colourful adventures, musical madness and surreal invention.

The second series, consisting of eight episodes, will head back to the island to find Maven and Sporall with a host of new characters, some returning favourites and plenty of songs in the finest Jinsy tradition. And just like the first series, which saw appearances from stars such as David Tennant and Catherine Tate, there are a raft of new guests making their way to the island this year.

Episode One will see a guest spot from Stephen Fry as Dr. Bevelspepp, who uses his encyclopaedic knowledge of Jinsy to help save the island from an invasion of rampaging hair.

Others to drop in for a guest role include Katy Brand as Madame Astralina, a flamboyant psychic who obtains her readings from a pen of rats, Ben Miller as the Chief Accountant of Jinsy, and his daughter Berpetta, a drunk, hefty, buck-toothed accountant, Dame Eileen Atkins as Miss Penny, a school-mistress with a massive dome of pinned hair who teaches Extreme Etiquette for Girls and Sir Derek Jacobi as Robunce Barnatty, the eldest resident of Jinsy island, at 98 cycles old to name only a few.

The guest stars join returning series regulars Alice Lowe as Soosan Noop, Janine Duvitskias Mrs Goadion and Geoff McGivern as Trince.

This Is Jinsy will return to Sky Atlantic HD in late January 2014.

Source: – Stephen Fry, Olivia Colman and Sir Derek Jacobi to appear in This Is Jinsy

Olivia+Colman+Summer+TCA+Tour+Day+2+X-yvFAMhDa9l Broadchurch is set to be adapted into a novel which will be co-written by series creator Chris Chibnall.

The crime show starred Olivia Colman and David Tennant as detectives looking for the killer of a young boy, and a second series of the drama was announced at the end of the final episode, after the ITV series proved such a hit with viewers.

The book adaptation will look at the crime mystery in greater detail and go into the backstories of the characters who fans will know from the hit series.

Series writer Chris said: “The day after Broadchurch finished, a woman stopped me on West Bay beach and asked me ‘When’s the book coming out?’ Now I have an answer!”

Chris will be co-authoring the book with psychological thriller writer Erin Kelly and the world rights to the book have been bought by Little, Brown Book Group.

Erin said: “Like everyone else I know, I was gripped and moved by Broadchurch. I’m utterly thrilled to be writing the novel, not least because it gave me an excuse to watch the whole series again, multiple times.

“It’s testament to the writing, the performances and the photography that I was spellbound even when I knew the outcome. I can’t wait to delve even deeper into the hearts and thoughts of the characters and to bring the town to life on the page.” – Broadchurch to be adapted into a novel


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