Olivia Colman ‘intimidated by fame’ and forced into ‘being reclusive’ to escape

When you add success at the Golden Globes to an already bulging cabinet of awards, it is fair to say that your face may be one of the most recognisable in the world.

For British actress Olivia Colman, this has become a double-edged sword, with the price of fame turning her into a more ‘reclusive’ person.

The 44-year-old bagged the award for best actress at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles on Sunday night, for her role in The Favourite, which has helped her become a global star but only heaped more personal problems into her life.


The Broadchurch star has admitted that her growing fame has become a burden and that being so recognisable is "intimidating".

The mother-of-two has taken to spending more time at home, as she grapples with the idea that going out is not a simple task any more.

The Sun has reported that after her Golden Globe win, Olivia said that she "don’t really go out anymore," and that it is difficult when, "everybody knows your face but you don’t know theirs."

Opening up about what life is like when you are a celebrated, award-winning star of hit movies and popular TV shows, Olivia said that she can "find that a little intimidating."

Her solution to this problem has been to retreat further into her own privacy. Olivia admitted that, "I tend to stay at home," and while she ‘loves her job’, the fame game is," an unfortunate side effect."

The problem has been exasperated by her star growing in the United States and with her replacing Claire Foy as the Queen in Netflix hit, The Crown, there is no chance of her having a quiet life across the Atlantic either.

Olivia admitted that being famous in the US is "annoying," as her future holidays will be ‘ruined’. She said that it was "heaven" to go to America, "because I went out to the park with the kids and nobody looked twice."

All this has changed and Olivia was disgruntled with this, saying "now that is annoying isn’t it? I will have to find somewhere else to go."

The crown will not be slipping from the double BAFTA winner’s head anytime soon as she is now a hot favourite to repeat her Golden Globes success at the Oscars.

Olivia’s stock continues to rise and in accepting the award for best actress in a musical or comedy, she won another legion of fans with her speech.

She said: "Cor blimey, thank you so much. I’m not going to cry because my entire table will point and laugh at me as I’ve been crying all evening."

Paying tribute to director Yorgos Lanthimos and her co-stars, she added: "Yorgos, thank you the most muchly and ma b*****s, Emma and Rachel, thank you, every second of working with you was such a joy and I was so sad that it finished.

"I would like to tell you how much this film meant to me but I can’t think of it because I’m too excited."

She added: "I went on a private jet and I ate constantly through the film and it was brilliant and I promise I will keep on enjoying this, because it’s amazing."

It’s just where to enjoy her down time that is the sticking point but looking into her Golden Globe might be enough to know that it is all worth it.

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