The Crown's Olivia Colman hails the Queen, 93, 'extraordinary' for serving the country despite her advancing years - and jokes she would have 'definitely retired by now'

  • Olivia Colman, 45, spoke out on red carpet at premiere of The Crown last week
  • Actress plays the Queen in the third season which landed on Netflix yesterday
  • She branded the monarch 'extraordinary' for still serving country in her 90s

Olivia Colman has hailed the Queen 'extraordinary' for continuing to serve the country in her 90s.

The Oscar-winning actress, 45, who plays Her Majesty, 93, in the third season of The Crown, which landed on Netflix yesterday, was speaking on the red carpet at the premiere in London on Wednesday.  

'I think she is extraordinary,' Olivia explained, speaking to Hello! 'She said she would serve her country and that is what she's done – and she is now in her 90s and still serving her country.'

'I think she is amazing. I would have definitely retired by now.'

Olivia Colman, 45, has hailed the Queen 'extraordinary' for continuing to serve the country into her 90s. Pictured, at the world premiere at The Curzon Mayfair on November 13, 2019 in London

Olivia Colman, 45, has hailed the Queen 'extraordinary' for continuing to serve the country into her 90s. Pictured, at the world premiere at The Curzon Mayfair on November 13, 2019 in London

Pictured, the Queen after visiting Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh for the Sunday church service on June 30, 2019 in Edinburgh

Pictured, the Queen after visiting Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh for the Sunday church service on June 30, 2019 in Edinburgh

The third and fourth series covers the years 1964-77, with series one and two having covered the earlier years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign. 

On 10 November, the Queen lead the UK in a two-minute silence for Remembrance Sunday, as huge crowds gathered in central London to pay their respects to the war dead.

Looking out on the parade from a balcony, and flanked by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, the monarch appeared to wipe away a tear during the poignant ceremony.

And Olivia told how she was moved to see the Queen emotional at the service recently. 

Olivia Colman portrays Queen Elizabeth II in a scene from the third season of "The Crown,"  which debuted Sunday on Netflix

Olivia Colman portrays Queen Elizabeth II in a scene from the third season of 'The Crown,'  which debuted Sunday on Netflix

The Queen (pictured) was seen wiping her eyes as she joined other members of the royal family to attend the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at The Cenotaph

The Queen (pictured) was seen wiping her eyes as she joined other members of the royal family to attend the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at The Cenotaph

'I don't blame her for shedding a tear,' she told the publication. 'A lot of the people she remembers from that time have been dead a very long time, so it must be a very emotional day for her - and she has never failed to be there at the Cenotaph.'

She added: 'We have had ridiculous extremes in this country over the past few years - as we can all see - and there is something about them being theme. that i feel has kept it all from going awry.'

'Perhaps that is because I have just fallen in love with the queen, but i feels that way to me.'  

In an interview with OK magazine, Olivia previously told how she had to drop 'a lot of weight' to play Queen Elizabeth II, having piled it on for the role of Queen Anne.

She added that she she wouldn't gain weight again for a role as she found it so difficult to lose.

She said of playing the Queen for the Netflix show: 'Well I'm not supposed to smile as much as I do, that was fun. I had to put on a lot of weight for Queen Anne in The Favourite but I had to lose a lot of weight for this.

'Well, I didn't have to because everyone was very polite and nice, but I said, 'I need to lose weight'. They were very sweet and supportive about it.

'It would have felt a bit wrong to play Queen Elizabeth II as the same size as Queen Anne. I probably wouldn't say yes to putting on weight again for a job because it's been very difficult to lose.' 

The Crown's Olivia Colman hails the Queen 'extraordinary' for serving her country into her 90s

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