Olivia Colman reveals awkward moment in romantic scene with young co-star

Olivia Colman has revealed an awkward moment as she ‘straddle’ a young co-star during a romantic scene in Empire Of Light.

The 48-year-old Oscar winner, best known for ‘The Crown’ and ‘The Favourite’, stars in the romantic film alongside Jamaican-British actor Micheal Ward, 25.

Set in an old cinema in an English seaside town in the early 1980s, Bond director Sir Sam Mendes’ drama explores human relationships and romance.

Colman told the Graham Norton Show, “There was a particular moment when I was sitting on top of Michael in a compromising and slightly embarrassing situation and he said, ‘Today is my mother’s birthday.’

“When he said she was 43, I was like, ‘Okay, stop talking!'”

The Crown star, who played The Queen for two seasons until Imelda Staunton took over the role, said Sir Sam thought of her for Empire of Light when he saw the Netflix series.

She added: “We had a Zoom conversation during lockdown and I said ‘OK yes’ before I even knew what it was.

“It’s an incredible honor for him to write something for me.

“It was an amazing part, thank goodness. Can you imagine if it was rubbish?”

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Blue Story actor Ward said it was an “incredible” and “amazing” experience to share the “same space” with an actress like Colman, who has also won Emmys, film and TV Baftas, and Golden Globes.

He added: “If Olivia had been rude, I might have thought that in order to achieve a certain level of success, I had to be like that, but the fact that she’s so lovely showed me that I was a good person be and still be successful.”

Norton’s New Year’s Eve show also features house actor Hugh Laurie, presenter and comedian Romesh Ranganathan, England captain Leah Williamson, who won Euro 2022, and Cabaret West End revival stars Callum Scott Howells and Madeline Brewer.

Ranganathan told Norton his new Sky comedy show Romantic Getaway, which also stars comedian Katherine Ryan, is a “twisty” and “fun” comedy “driven by the plot.”

In the series, written by Ranganathan, he and Ryan rob their boss to pay for IVF treatment.

Ranganathan, 44, said: “Katherine, who is a really good friend of mine, did play pair but made it clear from the start there would be no touching – she was adamant.

“In fact, I think it was a deal breaker for her!”

The Graham Norton Show New Year’s Eve Special airs Saturday 31 December at 10.25pm ​​on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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