If her roles in Broadchurch, Peep Show and The Night Manager, didn’t make you love Olivia Colman then there’s now another reason: the most recent episode of Who Do You Think You Are?
In the genealogy series, the actor – due to play Elizabeth II in the next series of The Crown – traced her family roots far from her native Norfolk to Kolkata, where she discovered a letter written from her three times great-grandfather describing his blossoming romance with Colman’s three times great-grandmother.
Colman’s voice shook as she read one particular passage from the letter: “I took her hand again… and I did fancy that once or twice there was a little motion which might have said, ‘I am not indifferent to you.’”
Viewers couldn’t get over how sweet the moment was…
This love letter from Olivia Colman's great-great-great grandfather is just too pure 💌
Colman then dropped a quote that perfectly summed up the show…
"We've all touched each other's hands through time," – Olivia Colman, reducing the British public to tears with her take on family history. Her ancestors sound as lovely as she is. #wdytyapic.twitter.com/5PuO6HZO1W
Fans also couldn’t get over how enthusiastic Colman was, whooping with joy after chasing down her family history (“My great-great-great-grandmother is Indian! This is so exciting! I’m much more interesting than I thought I was!”).
Is everyone in love with Olivia Coleman #WDYTYA what a joyous and enthusiastic woman. We need more Olivias in this world.
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