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Olivia Colman made CBE at Buckingham Palace

PUBLISHED: 06:59 31 October 2019 | UPDATED: 14:56 31 October 2019

Actress Olivia Colman (real name Sarah Sinclair) receives a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) from the Princess Royal during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 31, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Investiture. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Actress Olivia Colman (real name Sarah Sinclair) receives a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) from the Princess Royal during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 31, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Investiture. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Norfolk-born actress Olivia Colman has been made a CBE at a royal investiture at Buckingham Palace.

Actress Olivia Colman (real name Sarah Sinclair) receives a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) from the Princess Royal during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 31, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Investiture. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA WireActress Olivia Colman (real name Sarah Sinclair) receives a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) from the Princess Royal during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 31, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Investiture. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The 45-year-old Oscar-winner was honoured at the ceremony at Buckingham Palace for her services to drama under her real name Sarah Sinclair.

But she missed the chance to meet the monarch she plays in Netflix drama The Crown, instead being given her award by the Princess Royal.

The Crown returns on November 17 and sees Colman replace Claire Foy as the royal drama moves into the turbulent new world of the 1960s and 70s.

Colman first found fame as Sophie, the girlfriend of David Mitchell's character Mark, in the British comedy Peep Show.

Actress Olivia Colman (real name Sarah Sinclair) receives a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) from the Princess Royal during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 31, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Investiture. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA WireActress Olivia Colman (real name Sarah Sinclair) receives a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) from the Princess Royal during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 31, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Investiture. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

She went on to have a successful career on the small screen with roles in Green Wing, That Mitchell And Webb Look and Twenty Twelve, and in British films including Hot Fuzz and Tyrannosaur.

Colman won the best actress Oscar earlier in this year for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite.

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The former Norwich High School for Girls pupil beat bookies favourite Glenn Close and pop sensation Lady Gaga to the coveted award.

Olivia Colman. PIC: Ian West, PA Archive/PA Images.Olivia Colman. PIC: Ian West, PA Archive/PA Images.

In a tearful acceptance speech she said: "It's genuinely quite stressful. This is hilarious. I got an Oscar!

"OK, I have to thank lots of people. If, by the way, I forget anybody I'm going to find you later and I'm going to give you all a massive snog and I'm really sorry if I might forget now."

Colman also thanked her agents Lindy King, Olivia Homan and Hildy Gottlieb and her publicist Bryna Rifkin.

Her first brush with Hollywood success came when she played the role of Carol Thatcher in The Iron Lady, for which Meryl Streep won an Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher.

Colman followed up the film's success with a star role in the BBC drama The Night Manager, for which she won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy and, in Phoebe Waller-Bridge's black comedy Fleabag, playing the title character's loathsome artist stepmother.

Also honoured at Buckingham Palace on Thursday was historian and TV presenter Bettany Hughes, who told the Press Association she had a "really good chat" with the Princess Royal about the Bronze Age as she collected her OBE.

Hughes, 52, honoured for her services to history, has written more than 50 TV and radio documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, Netflix, Channel 5, Discovery, National Geographic, ITV and others.

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