Three Cambridge graduates honoured at the Golden Globes

Joanna Taylor 9 January 2017

Five Brits came away from this year’s Golden Globes with awards for acting. Three of the five are Cambridge graduates, and all three won their awards for roles in the BBC’s The Night Manager. 

Olivia Colman (Homerton, 1994) and Hugh Laurie (Selwyn, 1980) won awards for best supporting actor/actress, while Tom Hiddleston (Pembroke, 2002) was named as ‘Best Actor in a limited series or TV movie’.

The other two British actors commended for their achievements in the ceremony were Claire Foy for her starring role in Netflix’s The Crown and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who won ‘Best Performance by a supporting actor’ for his role in the movie, Nocturnal Animals.

Colman was unable to attend the event, but Hiddleston and Laurie both used their acceptance speeches as platforms to make a statement. Laurie went down the comedic route, first saying "this is obviously a terrible mix-up", before accepting his award "on behalf of psychopathic billionaires everywhere".

Hiddleston instead chose to speak about  poverty in South Sudan and dedicate his award to UNICEF and the work they are doing there.

The mini-series for which these actors were commended was itself written by Oxbridge graduates. The Night Manager, which the eponymous series was based on, was written by Oxford graduate John le Carré in 1993, and was adapted for screen by Cantab David Farr.