Olivia Colman wants to break Hollywood

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 May 2013
Olivia Colman at the BAFTA TV Awards

Olivia Colman at the BAFTA TV Awards

Olivia Colman thinks it would be "lovely" to work in Hollywood, but wouldn't move there permanently

Olivia Colman wants to work in Hollywood.

The 'Broadchurch' actress - who picked up three prizes at Sunday's (12.05.13) BAFTA TV awards - insists she would never move Stateside permanently because of her husband Ed Sinclair and their two young sons, but thinks it would be "lovely" to spend "a few years" there.

Asked if she wanted to work in Hollywood, she said: "Of course - it's warm and I think they pay better. But I don't think I could live there. My family and friends are here. But who wouldn't go if you've got a couple of years? It'd be lovely."

Olivia's former drama teacher thinks she would "excel" in Hollywood as he believes her to be as good an actress as screen icon Meryl Streep.

Paul Hands told The Sun newspaper: "She could excel in Hollywood but I'm not sure if she'll want to do it as children and her family have always been very high on her list of priorities.

"I think she's already one of the great British actors of her generation.

"You look at someone like Meryl Streep and the range she can deliver and Olivia can match that.

"I think she can be as good as Meryl - and I don't say that lightly."

Paul says Olivia's talent stood out from an early age, and she completely stole the show during a production of 'Guys and Dolls' when she was 17.

He recalled: "It became clear that even at such a young age she had an incredible ability for comedy acting.

"The extraordinary thing about her is that she can switch from laughter to tears almost at the flick of a switch. That was clear even then, that she could make people cry just as easily as she could make them laugh.

"She was very popular and kind. That not only made her a better person, but a better actor. I remember occasions when her performances were so powerful the audience would leave in tears. She was that good, which was extraordinary at that age."

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