Olivia Colman: Don’t bet on me being Doctor Who

Actress Olivia Colman has addressed rumours of her being in line to become Doctor Who’s first female Time Lord.

The Broadchurch star is currently 10-1to step into Matt Smith’s shoes when he leaves the show at Christmas – but told the Mirror that those betting on her shouldn’t waste their money.

“My brother sent me a text saying ‘Congratulations, they’ve released odds on you being the new Doctor Who,” Olivia said.

“How funny, I wouldn’t put any money on it!”

The increasingly busy actress – who has already been seen in a host of shows this year including ITV hit Broadchurch – is back on screen again this week, playing a feisty single mother in the Channel 4 drama Run.

However Olivia – who has two sons with her husband, actot-turned-writer Ed Sinclair – denied that she was constantly working.

“Schedulers just put everything on at the same time,” she insisted. “You get big chunks of weeks when you’re not doing anything.

“I still have lots of time at home, it’s perfect for family life.”

Run kicks off on Channel 4 at 10pm on Monday and will be shown throughout the week.