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Olivia Colman wasn't offered work for six months after Broadchurch

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Olivia Colman wasn't offered work for six months after Broadchurch

Olivia Colman wasn't offered any work for six months after 'Broadchurch'.

The 41-year-old actress - who plays DS Ellie Miller in the hit ITV drama - has revealed that rather than acting as a stepping stone to more roles, 'Broadchurch' actually meant she found it harder to get work.

She said: "I think there's a perception that I'll be too busy. So actually, after those first two BAFTAs, I didn't really get offered anything, which makes you think, 'Oh, no! And, after I finished the second series of 'Broadchurch', nothing came up for six months, which is a really long time and I got a bit panicky."

The 'Rev' star confessed that although she's received praise for her work throughout her career, she never expected 'Broadchurch' to become so successful.

She explained: "I'd always worked steadily and, maybe once a day or so, someone would tell me that they loved 'Peep Show'. But 'Broadchurch' was a totally different thing. The level of interest was actually quite intimidating."

Olivia also admitted she found it frustrating having to film certain scenes away from the prying eyes of photographers to stop top secret storylines from being revealed.

Colman added to Radio Times magazine: "On the second one, there were so many long lenses around that we had to film scenes that gave anything away indoors. Maybe I'm just naïve but I don't see why people would want to ruin it for viewers."