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Colman admits recognition nerves

Olivia Colman says she has become nervous about venturing outside her neighbourhood in case she is recognised.

The 39-year-old star has admitted she finds it difficult to adjust to the public profile she has gained since appearing in ITV detective drama Broadchurch. Olivia, soon to be seen in Channel 4 drama Run, said she even delays trips to the shops until they are unavoidable

She said of the increased attention: "Previously I'd normally get somebody every day going 'I like Peep Show', or something. And now that happens quite a lot more, to the extent that I get quite embarrassed.

"I only do journeys that I really have to, because I don't know what to do. I've never had a bad experience, it's just funny. Someone knows your face, but you don't know theirs. It's a bit peculiar, and I'm sure I'll get better at it. But if I need to get a pint of milk, I'll wait until I really need to go. Where I live, actually, everybody knows me, so that's all fine, but when you're away from home, it's slightly daunting, and I'm a bit of a chicken."

Olivia was a double-winner at the Baftas earlier this year but said she was a bit overawed by the occasion and wanted to head home early and relax.

"Every now and again I'll ask myself 'I wonder if that really happened or not?'. I can't really put that into words. I still haven't really registered that it happened," she said.

"It was all a bit overwhelming, so straight after dinner I asked my husband 'Can we go home? I want to put my socks on'. So we snuck off. My mates know I'm the last one to leave a party. But stuff like that is just a bit too much, a bit too overwhelming."

Despite being touted as possible candidate for the vacant role as the next Doctor Who, the actress said she has yet to receive any formal approach.

"My brother sent me a text saying 'congratulations, they've released odds on you being the new Doctor Who', which we thought was very funny.

"No-one's ever asked me about it. I wouldn't put any money on it. I assume they would have to ask me for it to be true," Olivia added.

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