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Why Olivia Colman is the nation’s favourite

Why Olivia Colman is the nation’s favourite

Before you watch the royally good The Favourite on Sky Cinema, we chart her most memorable roles

Olivia Colman has always been our queen, even before The Favourite and The Crown

The Favourite, available from Friday 31 January in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 15

Roll out the red carpet, get your best crockery out and give the place a quick vacuum, because The Favourite is ready to make its grand entrance on Sky Cinema.


This acclaimed black comedy from director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) won enough gongs to fill Buckingham Palace last year (or at least a wing), including an Oscar and a BAFTA for Olivia Colman, who’s on royally good form here as the petulant and unpredictable Queen Anne.

At the start of the 18th century, Colman’s ill monarch leaves the running of England to her confidante and secret lover Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz), the Duchess of Marlborough. But when Sarah’s downtrodden cousin Abigail (Emma Stone) turns up in search of work, the royal household is turned upside down.


The charming Abigail begins to grow closer to the Queen, arousing the suspicions of Sarah. What is the newcomer really after? And how will it affect Sarah’s own relationship with Anne? Let the games begin.


Supported by Weisz and Stone, Colman gives a truly memorable performance as the impulsive Queen Anne. Were you really expecting anything else? She’s proved time and time again that she’s one of the nation’s favourite actresses, as demonstrated by her fine CV. Click/hover on the icons below to discover more about her mustard career…


Long live Olivia!


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Image credits: The Favourite © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, TSG Entertainment Finance LLC, Channel Four Television Corporation and Jayhawker Holdings, LLC. All rights reserved.