Netflix star Olivia Colman banks £1.1m from TV and film work after starring as the Queen in The Crown

Netflix star Olivia Colman banks £1.1m from TV and film work after starring as the Queen in The Crown

October 5, 2020

NETFLIX star Olivia Colman has banked £1.1m from TV and film work after starring as the Queen in The Crown.

Books estimate the actress' firm – South of the River Pictures Ltd – to be worth £1.1 million.

Founded under the star's real name – Sarah Sinclair – the firm also has an estimated £524,585 in cash.

Olivia took over from Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in season three of Netflix's The Crown, which returns for its fourth series in November.

Her portrayal of the royal won Olivia her third Golden Globe for Best Actress in 2020.

Olivia's first Golden Globe came in 2017 for her supporting role in the highly acclaimed TV adaptation of John Le Carré crime drama The Night Manager.


She also won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in 2019 for her role on The Favourite, as well as an Oscar.

In July, it was revealed that Sherlock creators were eyeing up Olivia, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Jodie Comer for a new female-led series.

The BBC drama's creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss answered fans questions as part of the 10th anniversary of the Benedict Cumberbatch series.

When the subject of swapping the famous detectives' gender came up, the pair revealed they had a long list of actresses they would love to play Sherlock.


Steven said: "There's quite a few. I quite like the idea of Michelle Gomez," before Mark suggested Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Steven then named Oscar-winner Olivia, while his wife Sue Vertue – who is a TV producer – suggested Killing Eve's Jodie Comer, 27.

Steven said it would be easy to cast a woman as Sherlock, explaining: "I think we could sit here [and] generate quite a lot of names of female Sherlock Holmes.

I think that part would go female very easily. I don't think you have to do anything.

"Change the pronouns and you don't even have to change the name. Sherlock Holmes could be a woman quite easily."

However, the same couldn't be said for Sherlock's famous sidekick Watson, played by Martin Freeman in the BBC series.

He said: "You know what I get stuck on? Who is John Watson as a woman? I find that slightly harder to think of that kind of performance."

Mark added: "It just depends entirely. It would just be a different direction, a different feel to it."

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