A British comic icon equally adept at drama, Olivia Colman displayed an onscreen fearlessness and flair for physical comedy. Beloved in the U.K. for her work on sitcoms like "Black Books" (Channel 4,...
A crew behind the second season of crime drama Broadchurch has been criticised by members of Britain's coastguard for shooting scenes on a potentially dangerous clifftop. The British series, starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, has been filming along the south coast of England in Dorset, and crew members have been spotted setting up shots at the edge of a precarious bluff.
Jamie Staple, station officer for West Bay Coastguards, tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "(If we had known the crew's plans) we would have told them not to do it. These cliffs are always dangerous. It's not a case of if they fall, it's a case of when they fall."
A spokesman for Portland Coastguard adds, "We always advise people to stay away from cliff edges because they are so unstable, and especially this year with the weather we have had... People need to stay away and definitely away from any recent fall; either below the cliffs or anywhere that's overhanging."
A representative for the TV crew says, "The Broadchurch production team were granted permission to film in the area by the local council and the National Trust. We take health and safety of crew very seriously and do multiple pre-filming visits of the area to ensure any filming on these cliffs is as safe as possible. Precautions are always taken to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the cast and crew."
Broadchurch has been adapted for the U.S. as Gracepoint, with Tennant starring opposite Breaking bad's Anna Gunn.
The creator of hit British crime drama Broadchurch has begged locals who live near the set to keep second season spoilers secret. The new series of the murder mystery show, starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, is soon to begin filming in Dorset, England and creator/writer Chris Chibnall has issued a plea for discretion to local residents who may witness key scenes being shot.
He says, "We're coming back to film around West Bay and Clevedon (in Dorset). We're all thrilled about returning, especially given how supportive the whole community was last time. And if the community are able to keep our secrets as well as they did last time, we'll be ever so grateful."
An American adaptation of the show, Gracepoint, starring Tennant alongside Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn, will air later this year (14).
Hit crime drama Broadchurch was a triple winner at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Awards on Sunday (18May14). The detective series picked up the Leading Actress prize for Olivia Colman, Supporting Actor for David Bradley and the top honour of the night for Best Drama.
Colman's win marked the star's third TV BAFTA prize, after claiming two trophies last year (13) for her roles in Twenty Twelve and Accused.
Overwhelmed with emotion upon receiving the award, Colman said through tears, "Well, Broadchurch, I'm so pleased everyone likes it. Chris Chibnall is a f**king genius, thank you for writing it! And (co-star) David Tennant, standing opposite you is a joy and a treat."
Double winners also included veteran presenters Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, who were feted with both Entertainment Performance and Entertainment Programme for Ant And Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, while comedy The IT Crowd earned both Katherine Parkinson and Richard Ayoade the Female and Male Performance in a Comedy Programme, respectively.
Other awards were handed to Southcliffe star Sean Harris for Leading Actor, Sarah Lancashire for Supporting Actress in Last Tango in Halifax, U.S. drug drama Breaking Bad for the International prize and Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor earned the Radio Times Audience Award.
Veteran TV star Cilla Black was lauded for her decades of work with the Special Award, while Julie Walters was given BAFTA's highest honour, the BAFTA Fellowship, for her contribution to film and TV.
During her acceptance speech she said, "When I told my mother I wanted to be an an actress in 1969, she said: 'She'll be in the gutter before she's 20'. But what a gutter, and I shared that gutter with some of the most amazing and talented people without whom I would not have a career."
Talk show host Graham Norton hosted the event for the second year in a row at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
Veteran actress Charlotte Rampling has landed a leading TV role in the second series of U.K. hit Broadchurch. The Swimming Pool star will play a "pivotal" part in the follow-up to Chris Chibnall's 2013 crime mystery series, about the murder of a schoolboy in an English coastal town.
No further details of her character has been announced, but Chibnall admits he is thrilled to have such a revered actress on board.
He says, "Charlotte Rampling! We've been keeping this secret for months, it's been agony! We have another big story to tell this year, and that meant finding exceptional actors for new roles. There's none more exceptional than Charlotte: to be writing for her is a dream come true. As you can imagine, Charlotte's character is an integral part of our new story - but that's where we're drawing a veil, for now..."
David Tennant and Olivia Colman will reprise their detective roles for the second season of the show, which is currently being adapted for the U.S.
Rampling has mainly focused on film work throughout her career, but received acclaim for her guest appearance as Dr. Evelyn Vogel in the final season of U.S. crime show Dexter last year (13).
David Tennant and Olivia Colman have been confirmed to reprise their roles in a follow-up to British TV sensation Broadchurch. The crime drama was a massive hit when it aired in the U.K. last year (13) and is currently being remade for America.
British actor Tom Hardy spent more than 24 hours sitting in a car as he filmed his one-man movie Locke 16 times. The Dark Knight Rises star is the only character seen on screen in the new film, which focuses on a lone driver crossing the U.K. with all the action taking place in the car.
Director Steven Knight wanted the 90-minute film to be shot as close to 'real time' as possible, so Hardy spent hours running through the movie in sequence in the car, and the crew ended up shooting the whole production 16 times. Knight tells the London Evening Standard, "We basically shot it 16 times beginning to end and cut it together."
Other actors, including Olivia Colman, House of cards star Ben Daniels, and Sherlock's Andrew Scott, converse with Hardy's character over the phone, and Knight recorded their parts in a less-than-glamorous location. He explains, "(I put them) in a motorway service station conference room, with some red wine and biscuits, and on cue they'd go to a microphone next door to talk to Tom on the phone." Locke is due for release in the U.K. on 18 April (14).
Breaking Bad will go up against House Of Cards in the fight for the best international TV show prize at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Awards. The drama shows will compete against French supernatural show The Returned and Danish political drama Borgen at the television awards ceremony in London on 18 May (14).
Breaking Bad, starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, is also up for the Radio Times Audience Award, which will be voted for by the British public. It will compete against U.K. shows including detective drama Broadchurch, Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor and reality shows Gogglebox, The Great British Bake Off and Educating Yorkshire.
Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan has been nominated in the Leading Actor category for his portrayal of a serial killer in The Fall, along with Dominic West for in his role as Richard Taylor in Burton and Taylor, Sean Harris for Southcliffe and Luke Newberry for In The Flesh.
West's co-star Helena Bonham Carter is up for Leading Actress for her portrayal of Dame Elizabeth Taylor. She will compete against Kerrie Hayes (The Mill), Maxine Peake (The Village) and Olivia Colman (Broadchurch).
Broadchurch is also nominated in the Drama Series category alongside The Village, detective thriller Top of the Lake and comedy My Mad Fat Diary, while Dornan's The Fall will compete in the Mini-Series group against Southcliffe, In The Flesh and The Great Train Robbery.
Other stars to have landed key nominations include Irish actor Chris O'Dowd, who is nominated for best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for The IT Crowd, going head-to-head with his co-star Richard Ayoade. The sitcom is also nominated in the Situation Comedy category.
TV detective series Broadchurch was the toast of the Broadcasting Press Guild (BPG) Awards in London on Friday (28Mar14). The show, starring David Tennant, picked up three honours, including Best Drama Series.
Olivia Colman was named Best Actress and creator Chris Chibnall picked up the BPG Writer award.
12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor landed the Best Actor prize for his role in BBC drama Dancing on the Edge, and Jamie Dornan, the star of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation, scored the Breakthrough Award for The Fall.
Meanwhile, longrunning BBC competition show Strictly Come Dancing was named Best Entertainment Programme, and Pride and Prejudice screenwriter Andrew Davies was awarded the Harvey Lee Award for his outstanding contribution to broadcasting.
Actor Idris Elba picked up one of the top prizes at Britain's Royal Television Society Awards in London on Tuesday (18Mar14). The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom star landed the Best Male Actor Award for his role in U.K. detective series Luther, while Olivia Colman picked up the Best Actress accolade for crime drama Broadchurch.
Other winners at the ceremony, held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, included Game of Thrones, which was named Best International Programme, and Broadchurch, which landed Best Drama Serial.
Beloved U.K soap opera Coronation Street was crowned Best Soap and Continuing Drama, while Poirot actor David Suchet was honoured with a lifetime achievement award.
Hit British crime drama Broadchurch looks set to dominate the U.K.'s Royal Television Society Programme Awards after receiving four top nominations. The murder-mystery series, about a child's death in a small coastal town, is nominated in the Drama Serial category alongside zombie show In The Flesh and Elisabeth Moss' Top Of The Lake.
Broadchurch's female leads Olivia Colman and Jodie Whittaker will go up against each other for the Actor - Female award along with My Mad Fat Diary star Sharon Rooney, and the show's creator Chris Chibnall is up for a writing prize.
In the Actor - Male category, Idris Elba is nominated for his turn as a troubled cop in Luther alongside Stephen Dillane (The Tunnel) and Lennie James (Run).
Burton and Taylor, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West as Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, has received a nod in the Single Drama line-up, competing with Our Girl and The Challenger.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 18 March (14).
Acted opposite Considine in the British comedy feature "Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee"
Breakthrough performance in "Tyrannosaur"; film reunited her with co-star Mullan and director Considine
Made her TV series debut with a starring role on the BBC comedy "Bruiser"
Feature debut, "Zemanovaload"
Co-starred in the mockumentary feature "Confetti"
Met the comedy duo Mitchell and Webb while attending Cambridge University and became a central member of their acting ensemble
Played various characters on "The Mitchell and Webb Situation" (BBC)
Landed a supporting role in "The Iron Lady," starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher
Acted in the comedy "Hot Fuzz," starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost; met frequent collaborator Paddy Considine during filming
Reteamed with Mitchell and Webb for "That Mitchell and Webb Look" (BBC)
Co-starred with Peter Mullan in the short film "Dog Altogether," directed by Considine
Portrayed Barneys creative director Simon Doonan's mother Debbie on the BBC comedy series "Beautiful People"
A British comic icon equally adept at drama, Olivia Colman displayed an onscreen fearlessness and flair for physical comedy. Beloved in the U.K. for her work on sitcoms like "Black Books" (Channel 4, 2000-04), "Green Wing" (Channel 4, 2004-07) and her British Comedy Award-nominated role on "Peep Show" (Channel 4, 2003- ), she also starred on several sketch comedy series, including Bruiser" (BBC Two, 2000) and "That Mitchell and Webb Look" (BBC Two, 2006- ). Colman also delighted on the big screen, stealing scenes in the international hit "Hot Fuzz" (2007) as well as flexing her considerable dramatic chops as Carol Thatcher, daughter of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) in "The Iron Lady" (2011) and as Hannah, a devout woman concealing a secret in "Tyrannosaur" (2011). So powerful was her performance in the latter that she won a Sundance Film Festival breakout performance award, as well as earning a nomination for a British Independent Film Award. Immensely gifted in both comedy and drama, Olivia Colman revealed an almost limitless range that left fans and critics eager to see the full extent of her amazing artistic potential.