Olivia Colman turns into the killer Susan Edwards for a new Sky drama

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Olivia Colman turns into killer Susan Edwards for new Sky drama as she timidly enjoys an ice cream while filming with David Thewlis

  • The star of The Crown, 47, is first seen in character as the serial killer during filming on Thursday
  • Olivia shared the coastal scene with David Thewlis, 58, who plays Susan’s husband and henchman Christopher
  • Susan and Christopher Edwards were sentenced to life after shooting her parents in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, in 1998, and burying them in the garden.
  • The couple pretended their victims were still alive while plundering £ 250,000 from their savings and pensions to buy Hollywood memorabilia

Olivia Colman was worlds away from her royal role as Queen Elizabeth II when she transformed into Susan Edwards for a new Sky drama.

While holding an ice cream, the star of The Crown, 47, is first seen in character as the killer, who rose to notoriety in 2014 after being convicted of murdering her parents.

Harry Potter star David Thewlis, 58, shared the coastal scene with Olivia as Susan’s husband and henchman Christopher.

Sinister: Olivia Colman, 47, was worlds away from her royal role as Queen Elizabeth II when she transformed into Susan Edwards for a new Sky drama

Sinister: Olivia Colman, 47, was worlds away from her royal role as Queen Elizabeth II when she transformed into Susan Edwards for a new Sky drama

Olivia led the dowdy Susan in a brown bobbed wig and colorful mac as he filmed a scene on a bench set on top of a windy cliff.

The Oscar winner glimpsed her killer instincts and smiled with a sinister smile during a thoughtful scene, alluding to her plan to murder her parents.

Fortunately, when the camera stopped rolling, Olivia was in a much better mood when she talked to the cameraman and her opponent David, who is known for his role as Remus Lupine in the Harry Potter film series.

Shockingly, the Crown star was first seen in character as the murderer (right), who was convicted of murdering her parents along with her husband and henchman Christopher (left)

Shockingly, the Crown star was first seen in character as the murderer (right), who was convicted of murdering her parents along with her husband and henchman Christopher (left)

Shockingly, the Crown star was first seen in character as the murderer (right), who was convicted of murdering her parents along with her husband and henchman Christopher (left)

Simple: Olivia channeled dowdy Susan wearing a brown bobbed wig and colorful mac while filming a scene on a couch set on top of a windy cliff

Simple: Olivia channeled dowdy Susan wearing a brown bobbed wig and colorful mac while filming a scene on a couch set on top of a windy cliff

Simple: Olivia channeled dowdy Susan wearing a brown bobbed wig and colorful mac while filming a scene on a couch set on top of a windy cliff

Far from domestic bliss: Harry Potter star David Thewlis, 58, shared the seaside scene with Olivia as Susan's husband and henchman Christopher

Far from domestic bliss: Harry Potter star David Thewlis, 58, shared the seaside scene with Olivia as Susan's husband and henchman Christopher

Far from domestic bliss: Harry Potter star David Thewlis, 58, shared the seaside scene with Olivia as Susan’s husband and henchman Christopher

Do you enjoy it?  The Oscar winner glimpsed her killer instincts and smiled with a sinister smile during a thoughtful scene as she enjoyed a 99-minute ice cream.

Do you enjoy it?  The Oscar winner glimpsed her killer instincts and smiled with a sinister smile during a thoughtful scene as she enjoyed a 99-minute ice cream.

Do you enjoy it? The Oscar winner glimpsed her killer instincts and smiled with a sinister smile during a thoughtful scene as she enjoyed a 99-minute ice cream.

Scary: She seemed to be in deep conversation during the scene with her co-star David, maybe she started the plot to kill her parents

Scary: She seemed to be in deep conversation during the scene with her co-star David, maybe she started the plot to kill her parents

Scary: She seemed to be in deep conversation during the scene with her co-star David, maybe she started the plot to kill her parents

Change: The role is a far cry from Olivia's acclaimed performance as Queen Elizabeth II in series three and four of The Crown

Change: The role is a far cry from Olivia's acclaimed performance as Queen Elizabeth II in series three and four of The Crown

Change: The role is a far cry from Olivia’s acclaimed performance as Queen Elizabeth II in series three and four of The Crown

The production is a family affair as the four-part drama, called Landscapers, is the first television screenplay written by Olivia’s husband Ed Sinclair.

Susan and Christopher Edwards were sentenced to life after shooting her parents in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, in 1998, and burying them in the garden, where they remained undiscovered for 15 years.

The couple pretended their victims were still alive while looting £ 250,000 of their savings and pensions to buy Hollywood memorabilia – especially Gary Cooper’s signatures.

Jovial: Thankfully, Olivia was in a much better mood when the camera stopped rolling

Jovial: Thankfully, Olivia was in a much better mood when the camera stopped rolling

Happy: She was seen talking to the cameraman and crew on the series

Happy: She was seen talking to the cameraman and crew on the series

Jovial: Fortunately, when the camera stopped rolling, Olivia was in a much better mood talking to the cameraman and crew on the series.

Coming Soon: Production is a family affair as the four-part drama, called Landscapers, is the first TV screenplay written by Olivia's husband Ed Sinclair

Coming Soon: Production is a family affair as the four-part drama, called Landscapers, is the first TV screenplay written by Olivia's husband Ed Sinclair

Coming Soon: Production is a family affair as the four-part drama, called Landscapers, is the first TV screenplay written by Olivia’s husband Ed Sinclair

What a crime!  Susan and Christopher Edwards were sentenced to life after shooting her parents in 1998 and burying them in the garden, where they remained undiscovered for 15 years.

What a crime!  Susan and Christopher Edwards were sentenced to life after shooting her parents in 1998 and burying them in the garden, where they remained undiscovered for 15 years.

What a crime! Susan and Christopher Edwards were sentenced to life after shooting her parents in 1998 and burying them in the garden, where they remained undiscovered for 15 years.

Friends assumed the murdered couple had gone on a trip and never returned, while their killers faked Christmas cards to keep the pretense going. They surrendered after the bodies were found in 2013.

The drama – described as ‘blackly comic’ – would draw viewers into ‘the surreal fantasy world that Susan and Christopher created by profiling themselves as their Hollywood heroes in stories of their own invention’.

After landing the role, Olivia said, ‘I love Ed’s scripts … just as much as he cooks a lot of my meals. It’s rare to be desperate to play a part in the first reading of a script, but that was the case here. ‘

Shocking: The couple pretended their victims were still alive while looting £ 250,000 of their savings and pensions to buy Hollywood memorabilia - especially Gary Cooper's signatures

Shocking: The couple pretended their victims were still alive while looting £ 250,000 of their savings and pensions to buy Hollywood memorabilia - especially Gary Cooper's signatures

Shocking: The couple pretended their victims were alive while plundering £ 250,000 of their savings and pensions to buy Hollywood memorabilia – especially Gary Cooper’s signatures

Coming soon: The drama - described as 'blackly comic' - would draw viewers into 'the surreal fantasy world that Susan and Christopher created'

Coming soon: The drama - described as 'blackly comic' - would draw viewers into 'the surreal fantasy world that Susan and Christopher created'

Coming soon: The drama – described as ‘blackly comic’ – would draw viewers into ‘the surreal fantasy world that Susan and Christopher created’

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