Dear Olivia… {on fame, fan girls and why I love Olivia Colman}

How do you react when you see a famous person?

Do you stare?

Rush over and ask for an autograph?

Or do you side glance them — then studiously pretend you’ve no idea who they are; that their fame and popularity are of no interest?

I definitely used to fall into the latter camp.

When we lived in London — and Marlow — we’d regularly see famous people.

Ulrika Jonsson or John Hannah wandering down the high street; Nigella coming out of the tube. David Walliams collecting photos in Boots; Kate Moss (wearing Hunter’s) in our little branch of Sainsbury’s, bellowing:

‘Have you got any streaky bacon???’

True story.

But anyway — I digress — back to celebrities.

Mostly, I’d avert my eyes and pretend I’d no idea who they were.

Until a few years ago.

Fan Girl

The boys and I were the GLTC launch party for their new showroom — when I spotted Olivia Colman in the corner of the room, with her children.

The Night Manager was on TV at the time and my friends and I had been discussing the merits of Tom Hiddlestone.

I was so overcome with fan-girl excitement, that I made my way over to her (hand firmly gripping a glass of gin for courage), and said;

‘Hello — excuse me — I just wanted to say…..

I think you’re fabulous.

Erm. That’s it.

Sorry to bother you.’

It was crippling.

She was mortally embarrassed.

As was I.

I just backed away — feeling like I wanted the ground to swallow me up

(and she probably did too).

Dear Olivia... {an open letter to Olivia Colman}

Dear Olivia…

What I Wanted To Say…

In a parallel universe, what I should have said was:

‘You are my very favourite British actress.’

(That probably would have been better than ‘I think you’re fabulous’).

In fact, Olivia Colman had been my fave actor for ages.

I first remember seeing her on ‘Mitchell and Webb’ back in 2001. Then, over the years, she’d pop up on various TV shows and I’d always say

‘Ohhhh — I really like her!’

Green Wing, Beautiful People on BBC2 (anyone else watch that?? I LOVED it!!!), then more recently on Broadchurch and Les Misérables. She’s done so much.

But quietly.

No fanfare or celebrity.

Just quietly and humbly plugging away.

She’s not starry, or lovie. She doesn’t have a botoxed forehead or lip fillers, hair extensions or size 0 dresses.

She’s just so normal.

And an absolutely brilliant actress.

And she’s British!!

The Favourite

Waking up to the news this morning that she’s scooped the BAFTA — with a very strong possibility that she’ll win an Oscar for her performance in ‘The Favourite’ — I feel a real sense of pride.

It’s so nice to see my favourite doing so well.

I just wish our encounter hadn’t been quite so awkward.

That I’d been a little bit more eloquent when I met her.

But — all things considered — her recent successes kind of make it a little bit better, that I made a real tit of myself in front of her.

Because how many Oscar nominated actors can you say you’ve embarrassed yourself in front of?!

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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10 Comments

  1. Sam Schofield
    11th Feb 2019 / 6:19 pm

    She’s on David Tennant’s podcast. Utterly charming and so down to earth. Worth a listen 😊

    • 11th Feb 2019 / 6:40 pm

      BRILLIANT!! I’ll go and check it out!! I always love a pod-cast recommendation — thanks Sam!

  2. 11th Feb 2019 / 6:37 pm

    I remember that day (and the Hiddleston conversation)!! I love her too. She’s so talented and seemingly so thoroughly normal with it.

    • 11th Feb 2019 / 6:39 pm

      Hahaha!!! I KNEW you’d remember!! LOL!!!!!! It’s something that I’ll never forget. I WISH I’d not been so bloody gushy. And just said what I really wanted to say… oh the SHAME *face-palm*

    • 14th Feb 2019 / 2:44 pm

      Aaaaah she absolutely IS. I certainly wouldn’t break my ‘avert eyes’ policy for anyone!! ;)

  3. 12th Feb 2019 / 7:42 am

    Saw The Favourite… extraordinary acting from all three female leads. But she… she doesn’t even have to try. X

    • 14th Feb 2019 / 2:41 pm

      I can’t WAIT to see it Em!!! I love how she just becomes the person she’s playing. She’s — without hesitation — my favourite British actress. Just wish I’d told her that when I saw her… rather than just — ‘I think you’re fabulous’.

      What an utter plank. She must have thought I had a screw loose.

  4. 12th Feb 2019 / 11:25 am

    I love Olivia Coleman too, that bit in Broadchurch series 2 when she looses it with her son in the court foyer and tell him he’s coming home – like an acting masterclass!
    I met Malala Yousafzai on a plane, we queued for the toilet together and I asked her for a selfie. She was very sweet about it and I love my photo but the poor girl probably just wanted to pee in peace. Normally I’m a ‘look and stare but do and say nothing’ kind of gal!

    • 14th Feb 2019 / 2:32 pm

      WOW! I’d have definitely wanted to chat to Malala Yousafzai! Even just to say congratulations — it’s not every day you meet a Nobel prize winner!! Amazing!!

      And yes — Olivia Colman was awesome in Broadchurch. She’s such a fab actress — I’m thrilled that she’s getting the recognition she deserves. It just goes to show that hard work pays off in the end :)

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