Olivia Colman on Broadchurch: “I wasn’t meant to cry as much as I did”

The actress also found herself defending co-star David Tennant from fans: "He was trying to be charming but he had his hands down his pants"


Olivia Colman is best known for her comic turns in Peep Show and Olympic satire Twenty Twelve but her current role in ITV drama Broadchurch couldn’t be more different: as a soft-hearted Devonshire detective investigating the murder of a child.
“In the script I wasn’t meant to cry as much as I did,” Colman told RadioTimes.com at The South Bank Awards, where Twenty Twelve scooped Best Comedy.
“It was so upsetting. Watching Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan [who play the victim’s parents] in particular – they were so amazing. I couldn’t cope.”
Colman also revealed that she’d had to step in to defend her co-star David Tennant’s dignity.


“David gets crowds of people wherever he goes and is eternally patient and charming and lovely. I got a little bit defensive on his behalf. He was trying to put a microphone down through his shirt into his trousers, so he was rummaging around and this woman just took a photo right in front of his face.
“He was trying to be charming but he had his hands down his pants. I stood in front of him, put my arm out and went, ‘No!’ She was a bit surprised.”
The actress assured us she hasn’t abandoned comedy for good, and would especially love to make a sequel to Twenty Twelve. “I’m sure we’re all thinking about doing it but how do we do it? I don’t know…”