`The Crown` star Olivia Colman speaks about Queen Elizabeth II`s legacy


Actor Olivia Colman, who played Queen Elizabeth II for two seasons of Netflix`s hit royal series `The Crown,` is still processing the death and legacy of the British monarch.

On Thursday, the day before the Toronto International Film Festival opened, the queen`s passing was announced.

“I wouldn`t know where to begin with that,” she told Variety at the Variety Studio presented by King`s Hawaiian at the Toronto International Film Festival. “She made a promise as a young woman and she absolutely kept it with such dignity. We`re all incredibly impressed by what she did.”

According to Variety, Colman, who was in Canada to promote Sam Mendes` romance film `Empire of Light,` also lauded the monarch`s inaugural speech in which he praised his mother and promised to serve with “loyalty, respect, and love”.

“From a British point of view, he did it so beautifully,” Colman said, in reference to the King`s televised address to the nation. “He did it about love, tolerance and gentleness, and that is what she always wanted and she`s done.”

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She continued, “From the outside world looking at Great Britain, at the moment, we`ve got some comedy going on at one side — politics — and something so dignified. I felt proud to be British. I think he`s going to do a good job.”

Colman is anxious to hand the sceptre to Imelda Staunton, another great British actress. Did she give the `Vera Drake` actress any advice?

“No! Who gives Imelda Staunton advice? She will be incredible,” Colman said with a laugh. “I can`t wait to watch her.”

`The Crown` production is paused briefly after Queen Elizabeth`s death.

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