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Olivia Colman isn’t just a great actress with an Oscar, three Golden Globes, and four BAFTAs to her name; she’s also a naturally hilarious person whose acceptance speeches and interviews are often TV gold. Here’s a reminder of some of the funniest and most charming moments from the woman David Tennant calls “Coley.”

1. Her Entire Oscars Acceptance Speech

When Colman won Best Actress for her portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favourite last year, she was clearly taken aback, telling the audience: “This is genuinely quite stressful.” It’s difficult to pick the most adorable moment from her speech, but it’s probably a close call between the raspberry she blows when she’s told to wrap up, the kiss she blows at fellow nominee Lady Gaga, and the typically modest way she says: “This isn’t going to happen again!”

2. The Slightly Risqué Joke She Made at This Year’s Oscars

Returning to the Dolby Theatre to present Joaquin Phoenix with his Best Actor award, Colman joked that her own Oscar victory had been “the best night of my husband’s life.” Priceless.

3. Her Most Recent Golden Globes Acceptance Speech

Some fans have suggested her totally charming speech at the 2019 Globes – in which she calls The Favourite co-stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz “my b*****s” – was the point at which her Oscar campaign really began gathering momentum. Either way, it’s a classic Colman moment.

4. The Time She Shared a Self-Deprecating Anecdote from the Set of The Iron Lady

Colman played Carol Thatcher, daughter of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, in the 2011 biopic starring Meryl Streep. As Colman recalled on The Graham Norton Show, she, Streep, and co-star Jim Broadbent had plenty of fun making the movie – though there was one slightly embarrassing moment involving some prosthetic teeth.

5. Her 73 Questions with Vogue Interview

Filmed at the Ritz Hotel in London, the entire interview is essentially a send-up of how upper-class British people live. There are lots of lovely, funny moments, including the way Colman deflects the suggestion that she’s now a “British national treasure” by saying “that sounds like an old teapot.”

6. Her Appearance with Helena Bonham Carter on The Graham Norton Show

These two actresses don’t just complement each other on The Crown; they tease each other beautifully in real life too – wouldn’t it be great to be a fly on the wall in their makeup trailer?

7. When She Enjoyed Three Questions, Two Biscuits, and a Cup of Tea with BBC America

You can tell she really appreciated being offered those British biscuits.

8. Her Speech at the BAFTA TV Awards in 2014

Collecting her Best Actress trophy for her performance in BBC America’s Broadchurch, Colman gets a little bit – okay, very – emotional, but still manages to make us laugh along the way.

9. When She Collected an Award on Behalf of Rachel Weisz

Did Colman really bring a cardboard cut-out of Weisz’s face to the podium? Of course she did!

10. Her Appearance in a British Airways Safety Information Video

Made in partnership with Comic Relief, the spoof video pivots on the idea that director Chabuddy G (Asim Chaudhry) has no clue who any of the big-name actors he’s auditioning are. He mistakes Colman for the tea lady, prompting her to reply matter-of-factly: “I’ve got three BAFTAs, actually.”

(Since this video was made, Colman has actually picked up her fourth BAFTA.)

Which is your favorite funny Olivia Colman moment?

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By Nick Levine