Sarah Caroline Olivia Colman (born 30 January 1974) is an English actress. She is the recipient of four BAFTA Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, and has been nominated for an Academy Award and a Primetime Emmy Award.
A graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Colman came to prominence for her work in television. She made her breakthrough as Sophie Chapman in the Channel 4 comedy series Peep Show (2003–2015). Her other comic roles in television include Green Wing (2004–2006), Beautiful People (2008–2009), Rev. (2010–2014) and Twenty Twelve (2011–2012). She also played various roles in That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006–2008), alongside her Peep Show co-stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb.
Colman won BAFTA TV Awards for Best Female Comedy Performance for Twenty Twelve and Best Supporting Actress for Accused in 2013, before winning a BAFTA for Best Actress in 2014 for her role as DS Ellie Miller in the ITV crime series Broadchurch. For her performance in the thriller miniseries The Night Manager, she won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for an Emmy Award.
In film, Colman received critical acclaim for her performance in Paddy Considine's drama Tyrannosaur (2011). Other film roles include PC Doris Thatcher in Hot Fuzz (2007), Carol Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011), Queen Elizabeth in Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), Bethan Maguire in Locke (2013), Margaret Lea in The Thirteenth Tale (2013), and the Hotel Manager in Yorgos Lanthimos's The Lobster (2015). Her portrayal of Queen Anne in Lanthimos's The Favourite (2018) won her a Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Actress, and earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.