The Crown's Olivia Colman on attempting Queen's accent: 'Every syllable in every word, you’ve got it wrong'

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She has an Oscar, a Bafta, a CBE and – if modesty allowed – files full of rave reviews. 

If Olivia Colman, actor and current national sweetheart, needed to be brought back down to Earth, it seems a day of playing the Queen might do the trick.  

Colman, who is taking over from Claire Foy in the new series of The Crown, has admitted her attempts to mimic the Queen’s voice with the show’s “amazing” voice department had initially fallen flat. 

“Once you start going through it, you realise that every syllable in every word…you’ve got it wrong,” she said. 

Following in the footsteps of Foy on the Netflix show, she joked, was therefore “horrendous”, adding: “Everyone loves Claire Foy, so I have got the worst job in the world at the moment.”

Of her role playing one of the world’s most famous women, she said: “It’s the same as any classical play you do — everyone will have already played that part before.



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