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The first professional audition is a nerve-jangling moment of truth for any aspiring actress.
But so apparent was the star potential of a young Olivia Colman that she had an army of agents clamouring to sign her up the very first time she showcased her talents to the industry.
John - Hartoch - Tutor - Bristol - Old
John Hartoch, her tutor at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, recalls how she lit up the stage when she appeared at a West End event in the final year of her course.
‘Her monologue lasted a minute,’ he told The Mail on Sunday. ‘At the beginning she had everyone falling about with laughter and by the end she had everyone moved.
Confidence - Agents - Ms - Colman - Years
The confidence the agents had in Ms Colman was clearly well placed as now – 19 years later – she is tipped to win an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favourite, having last week scooped a Golden Globe for the same role.
But long before she shot to fame via acclaimed performances in shows such as Broadchurch, The Crown and Les Miserables, Ms Colman’s beaming personality was firmly...
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