David Tennant praises 'down to earth' Olivia Colman

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Olivia Colman and David Tennant in Broadchurch

Olivia Colman and David Tennant in 'Broadchurch'

David Tennant has praised his 'Broadchurch' co-star Olivia Colman for being "unpretentious" and "down to earth" during their time working on the crime drama series.

David Tennant has praised Olivia Colman for being "unpretentious" and "down to earth".

The former 'Doctor Who' actor and the 39-year-old actress star as detectives in mystery crime drama 'Broadchurch' - which has been re-commissioned for a second series - and David was blown away by her acting skills and ability to adapt to different scenarios.

He told Radio Times magazine: "Before 'Broadchurch' I'd only worked with Olivia once, on a bone-dry read-through of a brittle sitcom that got binned by bored executives. I'd seen her work for years and she gave the impression of being really sound and straightforward and unpretentious.

"So when I met her and found she really was those things, it was a massive relief. She has this ability to be joking between takes and then, when the cameras role, to be instantly in the dark of the darkness - which is irritatingly perfect from someone as alarmingly down to earth."

While Olivia managed to remain in good spirits away from the camera - encouraging the 'Broadchurch' cast and crew to go for a night out during production - David revealed his co-star broke down in tears during the dramatic and emotional scenes, which he believes added to her character.

He recalled: "The one thing she hated about filming 'Broadchurch' was how she found each situation so appalling that she'd genuinely be in floods of tears during scenes.

"She kept saying, 'I shouldn't be crying, I'm a police officer.' But it came to represent the part so well. We have a similar outlook on life and work, although she's a devil, always trying to get us to go out and get drunk while I'm always keen to get home early and make a cup of tea, so we counteract each other's excess."

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