Olivia Colman explains how she got the part of Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown

The Murder on the Orient Express star has already received some advice from the departing Claire Foy

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13:  Olivia Colman attends a screening of "The Lobster" during the BFI London Film Festival at Vue Leicester Square on October 13, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic, BA)

Olivia Colman is set to take the reins from Claire Foy for the third season of Netflix’s The Crown next year – and she is just as delighted by the prospect of playing Queen Elizabeth II as everyone else.

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“I have remained ridiculously excited since [she found out she had got the part]. I’m trying to be cool,” she told RadioTimes.com, explaining how her agent had tried to subtly let her know that she was in the running to take over the part, played for two series by Foy.

“I got a phone call from my agent when I was in a car [telling her that she had been asked to meet with director Peter Morgan]. I think I had fairly recently finished watching the first series, which I think I had done in about three nights – and so I was very excited. My agent was trying to be subtle, not knowing who was in the car with me and she went ‘it’s something about a tiara’, and I went ‘Oh, it’s The Crown!'”

Colman, who stars in Kenneth Branagh’s new star-studded adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, also waxed lyrical about sharing the screen with Dame Judi Dench in the Agatha Christie film, which arrives in UK cinemas on Friday 3rd November.

Really genuinely, I’ve dreamt about that sort of a job as long as I can remember, and to find out that she is possibly nicer than I’d even imagined was just brilliant. She’s naughty, and she plays games. She’s really fun.”

But Colman admits regret at not having had the opportunity to get advice for her upcoming turn as the Queen from a woman who has occupied one throne or another on countless occasions.

“I didn’t know at the time! Damn, I should have.”

Thankfully, departing queen Claire Foy has been on hand to guide her.

She was just very supportive. She said I’ll have a lovely time, everyone on it is amazing; the voice coaching is impeccable. Because they were all amazing, so I’m just full of fear because you don’t want to be the one who screws it up. She’s lovely and she said I can call her anytime.”

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Murder on the Orient Express is released in UK cinemas on Friday 3rd November.