Olivia Colman reveals battle with Wikipedia over her age | Ents & Arts News
Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Olivia Colman has revealed she once wrote to Wikipedia to request a change on her page, after realising they had added eight years on to her age.
The British actress, who is 44 (not 52), gave a false identity so as not to appear “vain” when getting in touch with the online free encyclopaedia.
However, when they didn’t get back to her, she said she had to give the game away.
Speaking to her Broadchurch co-star David Tennant on his new podcast, Colman said: “Once, on Wikipedia, they had my birthday as the wrong day, the wrong month, and eight years before I was born.
“I emailed them, pretending it wasn’t me. [I wrote] ‘I was at school with her and that’s not her birthday’. I didn’t want them to think I was being so vain.”
Colman said it happened “years ago” and that she gave a nickname to disguise her identity.
“I didn’t get a reply, and wrote again going ‘sorry guys, but I know it’s wrong’. And they didn’t reply,” she said.
“So I said, ‘actually, this is me, and it’s really upsetting me that you’ve made me eight years older than I actually am’.
The star said she was asked for a birth certificate to prove her real age, to which she replied: “‘whose f****** birth certificate have you looked at in the first place to make me eight years older?'”
Colman said her date of birth was finally changed to the correct one, 30 January 1974, but joked that she should have said she was younger.
Colman, who made her name in comedies such as Peep Show and Green Wing, has just received a Golden Globe award for her performance as Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos’ period comedy drama The Favourite – and is also BAFTA and Oscar-nominated for the role.
She told Tennant that she has struggled with her rising fame due to higher profile shows and films in recent years.
Fame was “very stupidly nothing I expected to happen, I just wanted to work”, she said, adding that it can feel “threatening” to lose her anonymity and that she “can’t cope” with people noticing her in public, despite most of those who do being “really nice”.
However, Colman said she has no regrets, saying that “hand-in-hand with that, I’m getting work that I’m loving and always dreamt of”.