Olivia Colman

Olivia Colman – Moet British Independent Film Awards 2015 – Arrivals – Old Billingsgate Market – London, UK – Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Birth Name: Saran Caroline Colman

Place of Birth: Acle, Norfolk, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 30 January, 1974

Ethnicity: English, as well as Irish, Welsh, distant Scottish, French, and Saint Helenian

Olivia Colman is an English actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Favourite (2018). She is also known for her roles in The Father, Them That Follow, The Night Manager, The Crown, and The Lost Daughter, among other films and series.

Olivia is the daughter of Mary, a nurse, and Keith Colman, a chartered surveyor. She is married to actor Ed Sinclair, with whom she has three children.

Through her mother, Olivia’s six times great-grandfather was merchant and politician John Bristow, MP.

Olivia’s paternal grandfather is named Percy Colman.

Olivia’s paternal grandmother is named Caroline.

Olivia’s maternal grandfather was Alexander Graham Leakey (the son of Alexander Bazett Leakey and Gwladys Elizabeth/Eliza Thomas). Olivia’s grandfather Alexander was born in Willesden, Middlesex, England. Olivia’s great-grandfather Alexander was the son of Peter Nettleton Leakey and Mary Emily Louisa Bazett, who was born in Kumaul, West Bengal, India, and whose own mother, Harriot Slessor, was the daughter of an English father, William Edward Slessor, who had Scottish roots. Harriot’s mother was speculated to have been Indian during Olivia’s appearance on the show Who Do You Think You Are? (2018), but she was evidently named Seraphina Donclere. Olivia’s great-grandmother Gwladys was born in Maesteg, Glamorganshire, Wales, the daughter of William Hopkin Thomas and Eliza Arundel.

Olivia’s grandfather also had ancestors who were born and lived on Saint Helena, a tropical island in the South Atlantic Ocean, at least one of whom had worked for the East India Company. Her ancestor, Capt. Anthony Beal/Beale, was Governor of Saint Helena, from 1672 to 1673.

Olivia’s maternal grandmother was Patricia Wiggins (the daughter of John Wiggins and Bridget O’Callaghan). Patricia was born in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. Bridget was born in Derryorgan, Ballyclogh, County Cork, Ireland.

Sources: Family histories of Olivia Colman – http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk

Genealogy of Olivia Colman (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Marriage record of Olivia’s maternal great-grandparents, Alexander Bazett Leakey and Gwladys Elizabeth/Eliza Thomas – https://www.familysearch.org

5 Responses

  1. follers says:

    She’s Indian.

    • follers says:

      Or perhaps not.

      • jonasbttencourt says:

        NOPE, very unlikely she really is part indian, as hard as she wants to be… What up with all these brits obssessed with being more “exotic”? LOL, they have this fatish about mix race people that is really kinda creepy. English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish are pretty cool ethnicities, with a fascinating history, british and irish people should stop wanting to be something they are not and just be chill about their ethnicity, just as everyone. How you look it’s far from being the most important thing in life after all…

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