Double Bafta nominee Olivia Colman has already had a dress disaster before getting anywhere near the red carpet.

The 'Broadchurch' star, who is nominated for female performance in a comedy programme for 'Twenty Twelve' and in the supporting actress category for 'Accused', said her success was weird.

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Olivia Colman

She told chat show host Graham Norton she did not think she would win and admitted she has had a few frock problems ahead of Sunday's ceremony.

She said: "I tried it on and the zip split and my boob fell out. And then it took two people to get me out of it. They had to cut the zip off. It was a bit embarrassing."

Colman admitted she needed some convincing when she was told 'Broadchurch' was returning for a second series, but was tight-lipped about possible plot lines.

She said: "I know a lot of us in it, when the producer said they were thinking about number two, I thought 'it was great, leave well alone', but then they talked us through the idea and we all said 'Oh, that's very good'."

The actress said she found it easy to cry on demand in serious roles, telling Norton: "I find storylines really sad and upsetting. My emotions are quite close to the surface and I've got a bit of an overactive imagination. I can't stop it."

The Graham Norton Show is on BBC1 at 10:35pm tomorrow.

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  • Olivia Colman

    1. She lives in South London with her actor-turned-writer husband Ed Sinclair and their two children Finn, seven and five-year-old Hal

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    2. She played Bev in the Bev and Kev AA car insurance ads

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    3. She was described by her 'The Iron Lady' co-star Meryl Streep as 'divinely gifted' during her BAFTA acceptance speech for Best Actress following her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher's daughter, Carol.

  • Olivia Colman

    4. She originally trained to be a teacher but realised it wasn't for her. “I would have been the sort of primary teacher who never noticed the struggling kids because I would have been struggling so much myself,” she later said.

  • Olivia Colman

    5. She met her 'Peep Show' co-stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb when they were all students at Cambridge University

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    6. She got her kit off in the Brit flick, 'Confetti', opposite her 'Peep Show' co-star Robert Webb, something she later described as 'the worst experience of my life'

  • Olivia Colman

    7. Her performance in the 2011 film Tyrannosaur received critical acclaim and bagged her several high profile awards including the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress, the Empire Award for Best Actress, Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress, the London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year and the Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Breakout Performances. Phew.

  • Olivia Colman

    8. Her TV roles have included *takes deep breath* Doctor Who, Peep Show, Holby City, The Office, Green Wing, Skins, Beautiful People, Midsomer Murders, Rev, Twenty Twelve, Accused and of course, Broadchurch.

  • Olivia Colman

    9. Olivia almost didn't take on the role of DS Miller in 'Broadchurch' because it involved being away from her two young sons whilst she filmed the West Country. “I don’t take jobs away from London because I don’t like being away from the boys," she said. "This is the longest I’ve spent away from them ever.”


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