Olivia Colman saves herself £1m after trading Packham home for Norfolk

Screen Queen Olivia Colman packs up in Peckham to buy royal retreat in Norfolk… and saves herself £1m

  • Actress Olivia Colman, 48, who played the Queen in Netflix’s The Crown, bought a house in Norfolk worth over £1m after selling her London home for £2.3million
  • The new property has a Grade II and parts of it date from the 17th century
  • Her husband, writer and producer Ed Sinclair, has submitted a planning application for an outdoor heated pool with walk-in steps and LED lighting

As the Queen in The Crown and Queen Anne in The Favourite, she was accustomed to palatial homes.

And it seems the roles gave Olivia Colman a taste for the regal lifestyle – she has purchased a Grade II-listed barn just a short drive from Her (real) Majesty’s Sandringham estate.

The actress, 48, bought the five-bedroom property for more than £1million after selling her semi-detached family home in Peckham, south-east London, for £2.3million.

The house that Olivia Colman bought in East Anglia (pictured) cost £1.3 million after she sold her London home for £2.4million

The photo shows Colman’s former London home which she bought for £875,000 around 10 years ago and sold for £2.4million

Miss Colman, who played the Queen for two series of Netflix royal drama The Crown, grew up in Norfolk and attended Gresham’s School in Holt.

Her new property has a Grade II listing with parts of the L-shaped building dating from the 17th century.

The Oscar winner has already set about making alterations to her new family home. Her husband, writer and producer Ed Sinclair, submitted a planning application for an outdoor heated pool with walk-in steps and LED lighting.

He had previously submitted an application for an extension on an existing outbuilding which ‘functions as a summer house and a games room for the children’ but was ‘too small for the current family’.

Miss Colman and Mr Sinclair married in 2001 and have two sons Finn, 17, and Hall, 15, and a daughter, whose name they have not made public, born in 2015.

After making a healthy profit of over £120,000 a year on the London home, Olivia and her family are moving back to Olivia’s childhood home (pictured) near Holt, Norfolk

Fit for a queen: The actress’s new home, complete with inglenook fireplace, inset 

Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II ‘The Crown’ TV Show Season 3. The show follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.

Applications to replace five windows and to demolish and rebuild a timber cold store to allow for a new door and steps from the house were denied on the ground that it would result in the ‘loss of original 17th-century fabric and enclosure which has its own intrinsic and irreplaceable value’.

A conservation statement added that there was not ‘a sufficiently strong justification for this work for the identified heritage harm to be set aside’.

Miss Colman made a substantial profit equivalent to £140,000 a year on her five-bedroom Peckham home, since buying it for £875,000 in 2011.

Speaking about decamping to the countryside, she told The Guardian: ‘I like being able to be outside and no one can see me. I wear a woolly hat.’

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