That time Olivia Colman of ‘The Crown’ ‘accidentally’ met the Queen

By Sarah Walker

Olivia Colman has a habit of saying things that are totally relatable to all of us, and she did it again this week.

She recently revealed just because she has spent the better part of a year playing the Queen in the third season of The Crown, that doesn’t mean she wasn’t nervous to meet the monarch in person. Who wouldn’t be nervous to meet Her Majesty, right?!

The Oscar-winning actress recently told Entertainment Weekly she “accidentally” bumped into the royal at a recent gathering.

We can’t wait to see Olivia as Her Majesty in Season 3! Photo: © Netflix

“It was at a British Film Institute gathering to raise the profile of British film, independent film,” the star said. “We suddenly found ourselves, two hundred people, in a big queue. I thought maybe we were going in to have some food. I hadn’t read the order of the day.”

Then she looked around the corner. Who she saw there made her go into a bit of a panic.

“There was the Queen and Prince Philip, and [I] went, ‘Oh! Oh no! I don’t know what to do!’” she said. “And a gentleman with epaulettes said, ‘Don’t overdo it, little bow, and you say, Your Majesty, and your Royal Highness, and go. Make it as swift as possible and go.’ ‘Alright, Okay.’ And I managed to remember what to say, sort of sticky-handed and bit sort of stumbly. That was it!”

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Olivia has previously spoken about how nervous she was to play the Queen, especially following Claire Foy’s performance in season one and two of the show. In November, she told Vanity Fair Claire was impeccable.

Claire’s turn as Her Majesty garnered her a Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award. Photo: © Netflix

“You watch her move and how her movements change... The way she holds her handbag,” she said. “I’m still not very good at physical copying. One of the directors kept shouting, ‘Queen, not farmer.’ So I’ll keep trying.”

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The third season of the acclaimed show will return to Netflix on Nov. 17. It will cover “the Wilson era,” according to The Sunday Times, meaning it will take place between 1964 and 1976 – when Harold Wilson was UK prime minister.

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Helena Bonham Carter will take over from Vanessa Kirby as Her Majesty’s rebellious younger sister, Princess Margaret .

Game of Thrones and Outlander star Tobias Menzies is slated to play Prince Philip, while Ben Daniels will take on the role of photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones , whose marriage to Margaret falls apart in this season. Jason Watkins will step into Harold’s shoes, depicting his two terms in office. Prince Charles, Princess Anne and the Queen Mother have also recently been cast, with Josh O'Connor , Erin Doherty and Marion Bailey taking on the roles, respectively. Camilla Parker-Bowleswill also make her debut in this season, and will be played by Emerald Fennell.

Season 4 will begin production later this year, and will feature newcomer Emma Corrin as Princess Diana and is also rumoured to see Gillian Anderson playing Margaret Thatcher.

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