Great Expectations’ Shalom Brune-Franklin ‘terrified’ of Olivia Colman

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Great Expectations star Shalom Brune-Franklin has admitted she was feeling very nervous before meeting acting legend Olivia Colman for the first time.

The Line of Duty actress, 28, stars alongside Olivia, 49, in the BBC adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel, which is from Peaky Blinders’ creator Steven Knight.

The Crown performer plays Miss Havisham, while Shalom portrays Estella in the tale which follows orphan Pip (Fionn Whitehead) who suddenly comes into a large fortune and is forced to navigate between his newfound wealth and the poverty of Victorian England.

Ahead of the much-anticipated drama’s launch, Shalom appeared on Thursday’s This Morning, where she spoke about her co-star along with hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

Referring to her role as Miss Havisham, Holly, 42, said: ‘Olivia Coleman is incredible and utterly terrifying.’

Nodding in agreement, The Tourist actress said: ‘Like, truly. That outfit is just unbelievable.’

Shalom said she was scared about meeting acting legend Olivia (Picture: ITV)
She said she hoped to channel her nerves into her Great Expectations character(Picture: ITV)

‘Yet,’ Phil jumped in, before continuing: ‘One of the world’s most lovely people.’

Shalom asked, indicating to Holly and Phil: ‘You guys would’ve met her, right?’

‘Oh, lots of times,’ Phil replied. ‘She’s just lovely.’

But Shalom said Olivia was ‘friendly, funny and warm’ (Picture: BBC/FX Networks)
Shalom joked instead she would have to rely on acting for the role (Picture: Getty)

Shalom explained that Estella and Miss Havisham have a ‘toxic, horrible’ relationship and was hoping to channel her fear of meeting The Lost Daughter actress into her character.

She added: ‘I was hoping that my fear of actually meeting Olivia Colman could play into it a little bit. I thought, “I’m going to be terrified when I see her on set so just use it.”

‘And then I met her and she’s just the nicest, friendliest, funniest person ever. So I thought, “I might actually have to do some acting instead.”‘

This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV. Great Expectations will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Sunday March, 26.

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