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,...
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).
TV bosses behind the U.S. remake of acclaimed U.K. crime drama Broadchurch have defended their decision to adapt the show for American viewers. Scottish actor David Tennant and Olivia Colman proved a hit when they led the cast in the murder mystery last year (13), and executives at Fox are preparing to start shooting a U.S. version called Gracepoint this month (Jan14).
Tennant will reprise his role as a troubled detective in the show, alongside Breaking Bad actress Anna Gunn, but the re-boot has caused concern among some American fans of the original.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday (13Jan14), Fox boss Kevin Reilly insisted the show's ending will be changed to ensure viewers remain intrigued.
He said, "There are cultural particularities that would cap it off. We're doing 10 episodes, they did eight. We have a different ending so there will be something to stay tuned for."
Acclaimed period drama Downton Abbey is among the big contenders at Britain's upcoming National Television Awards. The TV show has scored a nod in the Drama category along with Call The Midwife, Broadchurch and sci-fi series Doctor Who, while Downton Abbey star Dame Maggie Smith is up for the best Drama Performance prize.
The veteran actress will compete against Doctor Who's Matt Smith as well as Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) and Miranda Hart (Call The Midwife).
Other big names in the competition include Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, who will battle Luther's Idris Elba for the top TV Detective title, along with Broadchurch co-stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman, who will compete against each other for the prize.
Law & Order UK star Bradley Walsh is also included in the category, along with Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey).
The awards will be handed out in a cermeony at London's O2 Arena on 22 January (14).
Scottish actor David Tennant is to remake his hit U.K. crime drama Broadchurch for American audiences with Anna Gunn as his new co-star. The former Doctor Who star won critical acclaim for his role as a detective in the murder mystery opposite Olivia Colman as his onscreen police sidekick, and now he is to return in a new version of the show with Breaking Bad actress Gunn.
Broadchurch will become Gracepoint in the American adaptation for the Fox network, and the series will also star Australian actress Jacki Weaver in the role originally played by Pauline Quirke in the U.K. show.
Gracepoint will begin filming in January (14).
Boybands including One Direction, Jls and new supergroup Mcbusted led the way during Britain's Children In Need telethon on Friday night (15Nov13) by helping to raise cash on live TV. One Direction took to the stage to perform their hit track Best Song Ever, marking the third time they have appeared on the annual fundraiser, and bandmember Harry Styles revealed how much the organisation means to them, saying, "We grew up watching it... If you grew up watching something, it's so important, so we love getting involved."
His bandmate Liam Payne added, "We've watched Children In Need since we were children and we are so proud to be a part of it. The children the charity supports are a complete inspiration."
The pop stars later filmed appeals for donations on the set of popular U.K. soap opera Eastenders, while another boyband, JLS, performed a medley of their hits on the show's set.
New supergroup McBusted, made up of members of McFly and Busted, also performed, along with rapper Tinie Tempah, singer James Arthur and Ellie Goulding, who belted out the official Children in Need single How Long Will I Love You.
Singers Kylie Minogue, Sir Tom Jones, Cheryl Cole and actress Olivia Colman were also among the famous faces who filmed appeals featured during the show.
The telethon had raised in excess of $22.5 million (£15 million) to aid disadvantaged kids as WENN went to press.
Officials at the Children In Need organisation also hosted a star-studded concert in London earlier in the week (beg11Nov13) to raise money for the cause. The show was masterminded by Take That star Gary Barlow and featured acts including Kings of Leon and veteran crooner Barry Manilow.
Actress Olivia Colman has confirmed reports she will be back as Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller in the sequel to hit British TV drama Broadchurch. The murder mystery became a huge hit in the U.K. when it debuted earlier this year (13) and it went on to become a cult hit in the U.S. and elsewhere this summer (13).
Colman tells the BBC her role is now "set in stone", but she has also confirmed that she will not be joining co-star David Tennant in the planned U.S. TV spin-off, which is scheduled to start filming in January (13).
Meanwhile, Broadchurch is being adapted into a novel, according to The Daily Telegraph newspaper. Scriptwriter Chris Chibnall and author Erin Kelly have reportedly teamed up to bring the TV drama to the page.
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.