The Crown star Olivia Colman in accidental run-in with the real Queen

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From Digital Spy

She may be playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown season three, but that didn't stop Oscar winner Olivia Colman becoming a nervous, bumbling mess when she met the actual monarch in real life.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the actress opened up about the time she accidentally stumbled into a meeting where Queen Elizabeth was present.

"I have accidentally met the Queen," she said. "It was at a British Film Institute gathering to raise the profile of British film, independent film. We suddenly found ourselves, 200 people, in a big queue.

"I thought maybe we were going in to have some food. I hadn't read the order of the day. [I] looked around the corner, and there was the Queen and Prince Philip, and went, 'Oh! Oh no! I don’t know what to do!'"

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She added: "A gentleman with epaulettes said, 'Don’t overdo it, little bow, and you say, Your Majesty, and Your Royal Highness, and go. Make it as swift as possible and go'.

"I managed to remember what to say, sort of sticky-handed and bit sort of stumbly. That was it!"

Colman also recently spoke about taking over from Claire Foy on The Crown, joking that it was "the worst job in the world".

The Crown season 3 will air from November 17, 2019, while seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream on Netflix now.

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