Dementia care is an issue that has always been close to the heart of Bafta-winning actress Olivia Colman.
Like tens of thousands of others from Norfolk, she has been touched by the subject through personal experience.
Ms Colman’s mother, Mary Colman, helped many people suffering with dementia during her 45 years as a nurse.
And, in her roles as Margaret Thatcher’s daughter, Carol, in the 2011 film The Iron Lady, and Nancy Ronstadt in the television series of the same year Exile, she has acted in story lines focused around dementia.
So the Norfolk-born actress and former pupil of Norwich High School for Girls and Gresham’s School in Holt had no hesitation in accepting an invitation to take part in the Alzheimer’s Society’s Memory Walk at Holkham Hall, near Wells.
The event, which took place on Saturday, raised an estimated £20,000 to help people with dementia and saw some 300 people take part in 3km and 10km walks.
Ms Colman, best known for her roles in Broadchurch, Twenty Twelve and Peep Show, was joined by her parents on the walk.
She said: “My mum has always been very passionate about making sure that people with dementia get the care they need.
“Her grandmother died after suffering from dementia and she had a nursing home where she looked after a lot of people with dementia.
“I’ve grown up around that and my mum’s passion has rubbed off on me.
“Events like this Memory Walk are so important in raising money to help people with dementia and I’ve been really impressed to see so many people coming out to take part and support the Alzheimer’s Society.”
Tracy Wood, 40, a nurse from King’s Lynn, took part in the walk with her sister Debbie Wood and a group of friends.
All four of her grandparents have suffered from dementia.
She said: “It’s heart breaking to see a loved one who has been so bubbly and full of life change completely.
“That’s why we wanted to come along today and do our bit to help others going through it all.”
The Memory Walk is the Alzheimer’s Society’s flagship fund-raising event which sees walks taking place around the UK throughout September.
It is hoped all of these walks will raise about £2m.
For the third year running the Memory Walk is being held in partnership with Bupa Care Homes.
This was the first time a Memory Walk has been held at Holkham Hall, but organisers said they planned to return to the venue next year.
Back on July 25th, Olivia appeared at the TCA’s in Beverley Hills (US), as part of the BBC America promotion for Broadchurch. HQ images have been added to the gallery!
I’ve also added HD screencaptures from episode 1 of recent drama “Run“.
Filming for new Olivia Colman (Broadchurch) and Vanessa Redgrave (Call the Midwife) BBC drama The Thirteenth Tale has begun at the Burton Agnes Hall stately home in Driffield, Yorkshire.
Based on Diane Setterfield’s novel of the same name, this gothic suspense drama is set in the modern day, but has flashbacks to the ’40s. We follow the central characters Margaret Lea (Colman), a bookstore owner’s daughter, and a famous novelist named Vida Winter (Redgrave), who asks Margaret to help her write her biography, and reveals the shocking events of her past.
The historic Red Drawing Room, in Burton Agnes Hall, provides the perfect backdrop for the tale. Two more Yorkshire locations have also been selected for filming.
Ben Stephenson, the commissioning controller of BBC Drama, is expecting great things from The Thirteen Tale, which is produced by the same company that made the Harry Potter movies and written by Christopher Hampton (Atonement, Dangerous Liaisons)
“[ The Thirteen Tale ] illustrates BBC drama at its best,” explained Stephenson. “Attracting the highest calibre of talent and making the most ambitious content possible”.
The 90-minte film is scheduled for release during the Christmas season 2013.
I’ve added HD screencaptures from Olivia’s appearance in 2011 film “Tyrannsaur”.
Joseph, a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction, earns a chance of redemption that appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker.
On Screen > 2011 – Tyrannosaur > Screencaptures
The site is finally open and ready for viewing!
The gallery currently has almost 4,000 images in it, with a LOT more to come (especially for her Screen work!) but is opening for viewing with a variety of photoshoots and a large collection of HQ events images!
We hope you enjoy your visit, and pop back soon!
On Wednesday, Olivia attended the London premiere of “The World’s End“, the latest comedy from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost!
HQ images have been added to the gallery – thank you to Nicole for some of these!
Events and Appearances > 2013 > July 10 – “The World’s End” London Premiere
With a thank you to Mila, I have added several more photoshoots to the gallery!
Olivia Colman is insufferable. We’ve been sitting for an hour on the balcony of the Ritzy cinema in south London and she’s given me nothing but unremitting cheeriness. Doesn’t she realise I need dirt, self-disgust and something really vile about working with Rose Byrne on I Give it a Year and/or Bill Murray on Hyde Park on the Hudson? She’s even managed to be positive about the view. “Look at those gorgeous trees,” she says of the espalliered Parisian-style Brixton avenue below. “How do they make those trees square?” Vigorous and regular pruning, no doubt, I reply glumly. “Lovely aren’t they, though,” she says, with that sunny smile that bewitched viewers when she won two Baftas in May.
She’s been unacceptably sweet about everyone she’s ever worked with. Paddy Considine, who directed her as a posh charity shop worker who kills her abusive husband in the 2011 film Tyrannosaur? “He’s one of the most beautiful humans I think I’ve ever met. He’s utterly good. His family and his wife, too.” David Tennant, with whom she starred in ITV’s recent hit cop drama Broadchurch? “An angel and absolute sweetheart.” Tom Hardy, with whom she will soon star in the film Locke? “He’s proper stuff of legend.” Katie Leung, one of her co-stars on Channel 4′s new drama series Run? “Oh my God, she’s amazing.” What was it Bill Murray said sarcastically to Andie MacDowell when she was similarly chipper in Groundhog Day? “Gosh, you’re an upbeat lady.”
And then there’s Meryl Streep. It was Streep who called Olivia Colman “divinely gifted” during her 2012 Bafta acceptance speech for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (Colman played her daughter, Carol). Reminded of this, Colman squirms eloquently. If there were a Bafta for Best Performance of I’m-not-worthiness in an Interview Scenario (and there really should be, though the winner’s speech would be predictable), Colman would now have three on her mantelpiece. “That she even remembered my name is exciting. She’s like – Meryl Streep!”
Olivia Colman – the Bafta-winning star of Broadchurch, Accused and Twenty Twelve – is set to star in a “haunting psychological mystery” on BBC2.
She will act alongside Vanessa Redgrave in The Thirteenth Tale, a new 90-minute drama based on the best-selling novel by Diane Setterfield.
The Thirteenth Tale is a “disturbing story” following a biographer (played by Colman) who interviews fading famous writer Vida Winter (played by Redgrave). Until now, Winter has refused to reveal the dark secrets in her history but together the two women must now face the ghosts of their own pasts…
BBC controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson says: “Building on our record-breaking BAFTA success and BBC Two’s reputation for world-class drama, The Thirteenth Tale is yet another treat for the audience later this year. Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Colman, along with the award-winning team behind the drama, illustrate BBC drama at its best – attracting the highest calibre of talent and making the most ambitious content possible.”
The drama’s script is written by Atonement’s Christopher Hampton, directed by The White Queen’s James Kent and produced by mother and son duo Harry Potter’s David Heyman and Dangerous Liasons Norma Heyman.
Olivia Colman, who picked up best female performance in a comedy and best supporting actress at this year’s Bafta TV awards, is having something of a busy 2013. The 39-year-old actress has already starred in films Hyde Park on Hudson and I Give It a Year, as well as TV series Broadchurch and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, and is also set to star in Cuban Fury, Locke, The 7.39, Run and Mr. Sloane.
The Thirteenth Tale will be shown on BBC2 later this year.