Who Is Olivia Colman's Husband? New Details About Ed Sinclair

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Who Is Olivia Colman's Husband? New Details About Ed Sinclair

Olivia Colman thanked her husband in the best speech of the Oscars. Who is Ed Sinclair?

Olivia Colman won everyone’s heart with her sincere and slightly rambling Oscar acceptance speech on Sunday night. The Best Actress winner for The Favorite apologized to Glen Close, inexplicably greeted Lady Gaga at the end, and pondered aloud whether or not her children might be watching the broadcast.

One person who was definitely watching was her husband, Ed Sinclair, who was seating in the audience looking beyond proud of her win. Colman mentioned that they have been together for 25 years and she called him her best friend as he beamed up at her. 

So who is Oliva Colman's husband? Here's everything we know about Ed Sinclair, including how he become Olivia Colman’s personal favorite.

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1. It was love at first sight.

The couple met in rehearsal for a play they were both doing at Cambridge University. Colman describes their meeting as love at first sight.

“It sounds really odd, but I did fall in love with him at first sight. When he walked into the room, I just went, ‘That’s him!’ Mind you, I suppose if he hadn’t wanted me, then I might have gone, ‘That’s him!’ at someone else a week later.”

But she wasn’t ready to let him get away.

"I really gave him no choice. To begin with, I think he was completely bamboozled by the whole thing. He kept wondering why this jolly, smiley person kept turning up and laughing hysterically at everything he said. But the fact that he was unaware and a bit puzzled was one of the things I liked about him. I’m afraid I just kept plugging away. But he did say recently that he was really pleased that I had.”

2. They're both actors.

The pair were both aspiring actors when they met. After Cambrige, Sinclair was accepted to the Old Vic Theatre School. Colman decided to go along with him to support his dreams.

“I said, ‘I’ll come along with you and support you. I’ll temp and clean. However, he seemed to be having so much fun that I thought I’d apply too, and amazingly I got in.” 

After doing some theatre, Sinclair eventually moved away from acing as a profession and focused on writing instead. He has written short fiction, screenplays, poetry, and two unpublished novels. He got a development deal for a screenplay in 2017, but there are no updates on the progress of that project.


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3. They have kids.

The couple has three kids together but they are very private about their children. In fact, they’ve only ever shared the names of their two oldest kids, Finn, who is 14 and and Hall, who is 12. Their other daughter is only 3 years old, but they don’t share much about her.

They did take the kids to Disneyland a few days before the Academy Awards. That’s quite a treat for children who live in England and seldom visit Hollywood.

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4. She went from comedy to drama.

Whole Colman is receiving acclaim for her work in serious television and film projects like The Favourite and Broadchurch, most of her career has been spent delivering comic performances. She was on the British version of The Office, a sketch show called That Mitchell and Webb Look and played a cop in the satirical police comedy Hot Fuzz.

She even did voice work for the children’s show Thomas and Friends. But her recent work is much more intense, with her turn as Queen Anne and as Carole Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Colman also drew attention at Sundance for the intense indy drama Them That Follow

5. She's won a lot of awards this season. 

Colman has been winning awards all season for The Favorite. She took home  SAG award as well as the Golden Globe for best actress. She hasn’t forgotten her husband any time along the way. In her Golden Globe speech, she quipped “Ed and the kids, look! Yay!”

Colman will be taking over the role of Queen Elizabeth in the upcoming season of The Crown. The series will be skipping ahead several decades in history so Colman is picking up the part as an older version of the Queen. Presumably, Ed will continue to be her biggest support and her biggest fan as she continues her rise to the top of the acting profession.

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Rebekah Kuschmider has been writing about celebrities, pop culture, entertainment, and politics since 2010. Her work has been seen at Ravishly, Babble, Scary Mommy, The Mid, Redbook online, and The Broad Side. She is the creator of the blog Stay at Home Pundit and she is a cohost of the weekly podcast The More Perfect Union.