'Landscapers': Olivia Colman on collaborating with husband Ed Sinclair: 'It’s easier not to talk about the work'

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It’s hard to imagine an actor as consistently brilliant as Olivia Colman ever having self-doubt, but it's something that keeps her on her toes on every project she works on.

When Yahoo spoke to the talented actor for the release of the chilling, yet oddly romantic series Landscapers — on Sky Atlantic and NOW from 7 December — she told us she leans on her husband Ed Sinclair for support, and on this, he also just happened to have written the script.

“The last few weeks he [Sinclair] hasn’t slept very well, he’s been very anxious about his baby being shown to the world,” Colman said.

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“He’s always there when I’m feeling like I did a bad job or something, so we’re there to pick each other up.”

Sky Original drama Landscapers tells a unique love story involving a seemingly ordinary couple who become the focus of an extraordinary investigation when a couple of dead bodies are discovered in the back garden of a house in Nottingham. Stars Olivia Colman and David Thewlis
David Thewlis and Olivia Colman star in Landscapers, a unique love story, coming to Sky Atlantic 7 December. (Sky Atlantic/HBO)

Despite that, she admitted the couple tend to leave their work, at work.

“We worked out very early on that it’s much better if he’s a writer, I’m an actor and we don’t talk about it,” she said, sat next to co-star David Thewlis, who plays her on-screen husband Christopher.

“It’s much easier not to talk about the work.”

The show — inspired by the grisly true story of Susan and Christopher Edwards who murdered Susan’s elderly mother and father in 1998 and hid their crime for 15 years — sees a seemingly ordinary, mild-mannered couple breaking bad in the most gruesome way imaginable.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Olivia Colman and Ed Sinclair attend the
Olivia Colman and Ed Sinclair attend the "Landscapers" UK Premiere, 2021 (Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

It’s yet another fine display from the Oscar-winner, who an Academy Award in 2019 for her performance in The Favourite. Sinclair told us he always wrote the part with her in mind, and that her nuances and sensibilities as a performer bled into the character he put on the page.

“Inevitably when writing a scene and thinking of Olivia, naturally what I think she’s good at and what she brings comes into my writing,” he said, alongside director Will Sharpe.

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“From the outset it was very much conceived as an Olivia Colman vehicle, I was looking to write something for her, so that was definitely in play.”

Landscapers is on Sky Atlantic and NOW from 7 December. Watch a trailer below.

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