Olivia Colman set to earn £25million after Oscars win

Olivia Colman’s £25million Oscars win: Actress set to earn an eye-watering salary as she becomes ‘one of Hollywood’s most in-demand stars’

She became the new queen of Hollywood after scooping the Best Actress prize for her role as Queen Anne of Great Britain in The Favourite at the 91st Academy Awards (Oscars) on Sunday.

And Olivia Colman is expected to earn £25 million after dominating the awards season with her critically-acclaimed performance in the historical period drama. 

According to The Mirror, the actress, 45, is set to rank in a whopping salary as she becomes ‘one of Hollywood’s most in-demand stars’ off the back of her recent success. 

Impressive: Olivia Colman is expected to earn £25 million after dominating the awards season with her critically-acclaimed performance in The Favourite

Brodie Cooper, of US entertainment consultancy JDMC, told the publication: ‘Olivia’s Oscar immediately sends her into a new strata in Hollywood, both for pay and placement. 

‘Olivia’s earning power has easily quadrupled overnight… the early talk is already her performance on The Crown is astonishing and award-worthy. 


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‘In the short term she is looking at opportunities totalling well over £25million… in a year’s time she has the potential to stand shoulder to shoulder with the A-list actresses like Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Glenn Close’, he added.

During the prestigious ceremony over the weekend, the Peep Show star was overjoyed as she accepted her gong, beating out the industry’s finest, including her ‘idol’ Glenn Close.

Success: The actress, 45, became the new queen of Hollywood after scooping the Best Actress prize for her role as Queen Anne of Great Britain in the period drama at the 91st Academy Awards (Oscars) on Sunday

A winning performance: Her role as Queen Anne won hearts and awards all over the globe (pictured with co-star Rachel Weisz, who starred as Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough in the movie)

Reaching out to little girls everywhere in her inspiring and sweet speech, Olivia said: ‘Any little girl who’s practicing your speech on the telly, you never know! I used to work as a cleaner and I spent quite a lot of my time imagining this.’

While she grew tearful and emotional during, the overwhelmed screen star was urged to wrap up her speech by Academy bosses – yet hilariously blew a raspberry and made a crass gesture at the teleprompter. 

The Norwich native was up against Glenn for The Wife, Yalitza Aparicio for Roma, Lady Gaga for A Star is Born and Melissa McCarthy of Can You Ever Forgive Me?.

As she walked onto the stage, an excited Olivia said: ‘It’s genuinely quite stressful. This is hilarious. I got an Oscar’. 

Winner: ‘Olivia’s Oscar immediately sends her into a new strata in Hollywood, both for pay and placement’, Brodie Cooper, of US entertainment consultancy JDMC, told The Mirror

‘I have to thank lots of people. Yorgos [Lanthimos], my best director and the best film with Emma [Stone] and Rachel [Weisz], the two loveliest women to fall in love with and go to work with every day. You can imagine it wasn’t a hardship.’ 

The brunette gazed at Close in the audience and said: ‘You’ve been my idol for so long and this is not how I wanted it to be.’  

Olivia added the Oscar to her envious stream of earlier wins for her roles at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and National Society of Film Critics for the role in the period drama. An emotional Olivia thanked her agent who took her on 20 years ago, and her children – and admitted she wasn’t sure if they were watching at home.

‘My kids who are at home and watching, look!’ she exclaimed. ‘If you’re not, then, kind of well-done, but I sort of hope you are. This is not going to happen again.’ 

Triumph: During the prestigious ceremony over the weekend, the Peep Show star was overjoyed as she accepted her gong, beating out the industry’s finest, including her ‘idol’ Glenn Close

Emotional: ‘To my husband Ed [Sinclair], my best friend, I love you so much. 25 years, you’ve been my best supporter and… he’s gonna cry’, she said during her speech

‘To my husband Ed [Sinclair], my best friend, I love you so much. 25 years, you’ve been my best supporter and… he’s gonna cry,’ which got another big laugh from the audience, before adding, ‘I’m not.’

‘Thank you so much, Fox, everybody, the cast the crew,’ even turning to presenters Francis McDormand and Sam Rockwell, thanking them, before turning to Best Actress nominees Gaga and Melissa. 

Speaking backstage at the Dolby Theatre, the mother-of-three hilariously revealed where she will be keeping her trophy: ‘In bed with me, between me and my husband.’

Olivia was also asked whether she prepared her speech, to which she responded: ‘None of it… It’s not an every day occurrence, I don’t know how everyone is composed and remembers everything, it’s a very weird situation… I’ve no idea.

‘I could not tell you what I’m feeling. Next year I’ll be able to put it into words but I don’t know what to do with myself at the moment.’ 

Olivia started her career from humble beginnings as a cleaner, but always insisted on becoming an actress.

The actress, who previously revealed she moved to London from Bristol with only £1 left in her overdraft back in 1998, went on to star in AA’s 2004 Kev and Bev adverts, which she described as ‘the bane of my life’.

Humble beginnings: The actress, who previously revealed she moved to London from Bristol with only £1 left in her overdraft back in 1998, went on to star in AA’s 2004 Kev and Bev adverts, which she described as ‘the bane of my life’

The start: Olivia’s career began to take off when she starred in Channel 4’s Peep Show as Sophie Chapman, the girlfriend/unhappy wife of neurotic Mark (David Mitchell) from 2003 till 2015 

She told The Mirror: ‘AA! That has become the bane of my life. I thought they were going to run that for about a week but they ran it for what felt like four times a day for a year.’    

Olivia’s career began to take off when she starred in Channel 4’s Peep Show as Sophie Chapman, the girlfriend/unhappy wife of neurotic Mark (David Mitchell) from 2003 till 2015. 

She has since played leading roles as DS Ellie Miller in crime drama Broadchurch, which won a BAFTA in 2014, and as Angela Burr in The Night Manager, for which she won a Golden Globe.  

The Old Vic alum is set to take over the role as Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy in The Crown. 

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