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The lovable star of Broadchurch and Peep Show whose versatility landed her two Baftas

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Beg Olivia Colman to name the highlight of her (amazing) year and she's instantly in a muddle. "When did I get my awards?" she asks me, eyes wide. This isn't false modesty. Nor is it a case of taking success for granted. It's just that there exists such a long gap between filming a series and its screening: dates do get blurred. But, yes, it was only in May that she picked up two Baftas: one for best supporting actress for Jimmy McGovern's series Accused on BBC1, the other for best female in a comedy for Twenty Twelve on BBC4. "Well," she says, with a smile. "I can't lie. It is nice, winning awards."

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