Olivia Colman admits ‘The Crown’ will be a “very hard act to follow” in her career.
The 46-year-old actress is to bow out of her role as Queen Elizabeth II, which will be taken over by Imelda Staunton, after two seasons on the Netflix regal drama and though she’s “excited” about taking on new projects, she admitted she’ll miss the set very much and doesn’t think anything else will compare to how much of a good time she’s had.
She said: «As an actor, I’m excited to play other roles but I have enjoyed this job so much and I will miss sitting with and laughing with everyone on set. We really were having the time of our lives, and that group of people will be a very hard act to follow.»
Olivia particularly enjoyed shooting up in Scotland for scenes where the royals were on their annual summer break at their Balmoral estate.
She said: “Balmoral is where the Windsor family properly gets to escape, enjoy the outdoors and do what they really love.
“And actually, I think we all enjoyed our weeks filming in Scotland more than any others.
«It was so breathtakingly beautiful, so friendly, filming outside by those lochs and on those hills was thrilling.
«I normally start to fade by 3pm but there I never had that feeling.
«I loved it. I loved the dogs and the Land Rovers. And who knew a silk headscarf actually does keep your ears warm?»
The Oscar-winning star also praised her make-up artist for the “joy” she brought every day on set.
She said: “My make-up artist, Sue David, is the greatest joy of the day. She’s the fastest worker. She’s done my wig, make-up, drunk a cup of tea and I’m out of the chair laughing at her jokes before anyone else has even said good morning.
“This season there is a bit of grey coming into the temples, and less in the eyelash department.»