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.
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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 ????
Who Do You Think You Are? is back tonight at 9pm on BBC One. pic.twitter.com/usDyPoN5MQ
— BBC One (@BBCOne) July 9, 2018
Beautiful letters, wonderful stories
Such an enjoyable episode with Olivia Coleman ????
— Ali (@PollySparky) July 9, 2018
What a letter! So romantic! #wdytya
— Trudie Davidson (@Trudie_Davidson) July 9, 2018
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. #wdytya pic.twitter.com/5PuO6HZO1W
— Polly Allen (@misspallen) July 9, 2018
Olivia Colman has just bought genealogy to (real) life: "We’ve all touched each others hands throughout time’ Mindblowing to think of it like that #WDYTYA
— Tej Singh (@TejTejTej) July 9, 2018
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.
— Tracy Baines #TheVarietyGirls (@tracyfbaines) July 9, 2018
— Wendy Percival (@wendy_percival) July 10, 2018
— Kevin Hughes (@Popprince) July 9, 2018
How lovely is Olivia Colman?! ????#WDYTYA
— Uncle Beard the Tiered ???? ???? (@UncleBeard1978) July 9, 2018
— Mark (@marcouk73) July 9, 2018
Who Do You Think You Are? continues Monday, 9pm on BBC1