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Olivia Colman rubbishes Doctor Who rumours

1 of 1 Olivia Colman advised fans not to bet on her becoming the first female Doctor Who.
Olivia Colman advised fans not to bet on her becoming the first female Doctor Who.

Olivia Colman has played down rumours linking her to the lead role in legendary BBC sci-fi show Doctor Who.

The actress - who stars in Channel 4's upcoming new drama Run and was previously in Peep Show and Broadchurch - was UK bookies' favourite to replace Matt Smith and become the first female Doctor.

"My brother sent me a text saying, 'Congratulations, they've released odds on you being the new Doctor Who' - which we thought was very funny," Colman said.

The 39-year-old added that the social network rumours had passed her by: "It's all on Twitter, isn't it? I don't have Twitter. It is all on Twitter, isn't it?"

She also advised Who fans not to "put any money" on her landing the part. "No-one's ever asked me about it," she said. "I assume they would have to ask me for it to be true."

Run starts on Monday July 15 on Channel 4.

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