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Olivia Colman's fears as baby bump not in the script

By Helen Pye

Published 16/02/2016

Olivia Colman
Olivia Colman

Olivia Colman has revealed her dread at having to inform the director of new BBC drama The Night Manager that she would have to rewrite the script to accommodate a five-month pregnant woman.

Colman (42) had been given the part of Angela Burr, an MI6 intelligence officer who has already been adapted from a male character in John le Carre's novel, when she discovered she was pregnant.

She said: "I went to see Susanne (Bier, the director) thinking: 'Oh God, should I mention it in the first meeting?'. And I thought: 'I can't lie'. Which is why I'd be a rubbish spy.

"She said, 'Oh... right...' And didn't look that pleased."

Luckily for Colman, Bier decided that, as with Frances Dormand's pregnant policewoman Marge Gunderson in Fargo, it would add a "weird power" to the role - and added scenes around chairs so Colman could rest during filming. She gave birth to her third child, a daughter, in August.

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