The Favourite actress Olivia Coleman is currently one of the country’s biggest talents – set to be honoured with a BFI fellowship and tipped to win big at the 2019 BAFTAs.
However, alongside her glowing acting achievements, The Crown star Olivia – who is set to play The Queen in the hit Netflix show – is also a proud mother of three children, whom she shares with husband Ed Sinclair.
Olivia and Ed met while at Cambridge University, where they studied alongside David Mitchell, Robert Webb and Peter Serafinowicz.
While Ed initially enrolled as a law student at the prestigious uni, much like his future wife he was a creative at heart, and changed his course after discovering her preferred acting and writing.
The pair’s friendship developed into a romance when they were aged just 20 years old, and starred in a university production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Table Manners together at Footlights Dramatics Club.
However, he actress recalls that even before this, she knew it was love at first sight with Ed.
Previously discussing the first moment she saw him, Olivia told The Telegraph she thought: "There’s the bloke I’m going to marry."
Discussing meeting her partner so young, the star – who found fame on Peep Show – added: "My husband and I were very lucky. We met when we had nothing and we loved each other then. So we were all right.
"We were 20 and he was also an actor. If you meet at that age then you are fine.
"For me, it was thunderbolts straight away. I still feel like I’m punching above my weight."
Olivia and Ed wed in 2001, after heading to Bristol Old Vic drama school together, and later went on to welcome two sons, Finn and Hall.
Despite her staggering success in Broadchurch, The Iron Lady and Hyde Park at Hudson, the actress has always been open about the fact she puts her family first and foremost.
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In 2014, after she won a BAFTA for her role as Ellie Miller in Broadchurch, Olivia made no secret of the fact she didn’t stick around at the ceremony for long, opting to go home and be with her loved ones instead.
"We were in our socks, drinking tea by 10 o’clock," she told The Guardian . "As long as I have Ed and the boys, everything’s alright".
Olivia and Ed then welcomed a daughter in 2015, but chose not to disclose her name.
The grounded star admits that even now, at the height of her fame, she constantly has a conflict between her work and family life.
While US super-stardom seems inevitable after her huge success in British films, speaking to Vogue magazine , the doting mother confessed she would always struggle be apart from Ed and her kids.
"I don’t like being away from them. It’s as simple as that," she said.
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