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Olivia Colman’s ‘fear’ at Queen’s reaction to The Crown portrayal: ‘Oh my God!’

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The Oscar-winner, 47, stars in Sky’s new four-part drama series ‘Landscapers’ about a murderous couple. The celebrated actress shares the screen with David Thewlis as they play killers Susan and Christopher Edwards. The real-life couple were convicted in 2014 of murdering her parents and burying their bodies in the garden. Last night, Olivia chatted about her latest TV project on ‘The Graham Norton Show’ on BBC One.

Graham was also joined by Keanu Reeves, Mahershala Ali, Jack Whitehall and Jennifer Lawrence.

Meanwhile, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man performed his new single, ‘Fall in Love Again’.

Of all Olivia’s roles, her portrayal of the Queen in Netflix’s royal drama ‘The Crown’ is one of her most popular.

However, despite being awarded an Emmy for her depiction of the monarch, Olivia once revealed her “fear” at what Her Majesty herself might think of the character.

Speaking to The Mirror last year, the actress opened up about her performance and whether she thought it would receive royal approval.

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She said: “There is much more pressure when you’re playing someone who is still living, and you have this fear that they’re watching it and won’t like it.

“You’re thinking, ‘Oh my God, what if Queen Elizabeth II ­watches the series and sees me?

“Perhaps she will think that my interpretation is completely wrong. She’s going to change channels.’”

Olivia has pedigree for playing senior royals, having previously taken on the role of Queen Anne in ‘The Favourite’ in 2018.

However, she claimed her performance as the Eighteenth-Century monarch, which won her an Oscar, was far more forgiving than playing a modern royal.

She said: “It’s definitely more daunting to play someone who everyone knows.

“The beauty of Queen Anne is that no one can tell me she didn’t sound like that, but everyone can tell me what the Queen sounds like, and that’s slightly annoying.”

In ‘The Crown’ the actress took over the role of the Queen from Claire Foy, who also bagged an Emmy for playing Her Majesty in her younger years.

Olivia plays Britain’s longest-serving monarch in seasons three and four of ‘The Crown’ which are set from the Sixties into the Eighties.

Her successor, Imelda Staunton, will now take over the role for the programme’s fifth and sixth seasons.

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The final two series follow the Royal Family through the Nineties into the early years of this century.

The turbulent decade saw the break-up of two of the Queen’s children’s marriages and the fire at Windsor Castle, all of which took place in 1992.

In a 1992 speech to mark the 40th Anniversary of her succession, the Queen famously referred to the year as her “annus horribilis”.

Then, in 1997, the monarchy and the world were shocked as Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris.

Olivia praised the Queen’s handling of the tough moments during her historic reign and how she has maintained a typically stiff upper lip throughout.

She said: “She’s part of a generation that was never allowed to be spontaneous, to say the first thing that crossed one’s mind.

“It’s a difficult position to be in but she’s handled the responsibilities very well.”

‘The Graham Norton Show’ is on BBC One tonight from 10:35pm-11:25pm.

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