Olivia Colman turned heads earlier this year with her performance as Angela Burr, the steely spy in The Night Manager. The BBC’s adaptation of the John le Carré novel gripped the Sunday night audience across the country, and was the most expensive BBC production to date, with each episode costing about £3m to make.
Ever since it ended, people have been asking if there’ll be a second series. According to Hugh Laurie, who played the villainous David Roper, the only way this could happen would be if le Carré were to write a sequel.
On whether she’d do another stint as Burr, Colman said: “You’d have to be a complete idiot to say no. I think that if they called we’d all say yes.”
In an interview with Deadline, she added that her husband compared Burr’s character to a zebra who’s not afraid of lions – the lions being Tom Hiddleston’s Pine and Hugh Laurie’s Roper.
After The Night Manager there was also a lot of chatter on Twitter about Colman being the next Bond. Colman dismissed this as “sort of a comedy tweet” and said she would prefer Hiddleston as Ian Fleming’s 007: “I mean, he would be perfect wouldn’t he? He’s the perfect specimen for Bond.”
She did, however, admit that she’d like to play the head of MI6: “I like M. I’d love to be M one day. Well, maybe when Ralph Fiennes doesn’t want to do it anymore, maybe he’ll give me a ring.”