Published on April 30th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds16
Do YOU Think David Tennant Is the Best Actor on TV?
There are no finer TV actors working today than David Tennant and Olivia Colman. Co-stars on the recent, phenomenal Broadchurch, the pair have taken very different but no less accomplished paths towards this watershed moment argues Mark Lawson, in a lengthy and praiseworthy treatise of their individual talents as actors in The Guardian.
For Tennant, there was the unenviable risk of over-exposure. With Just 71 hours between the climax of Broadchurch and the start of The Politician’s Husband, the actor risked the exposing any limitations he might have been hiding.
Instead, the moment proved revelatory:
What connects the characters is that they have public and private selves – Hardy and Hoynes both have to give press conferences or interviews while dying inside – and these are often the best parts to play on screen because of the tension in the character between what is being said and what is being felt.
This tension was writ large in the one of television most exploratory weapons in its arsenal; the close-up:
But if Tennant is notable for the ability to move between tragedy and comedy, then his Broadchurch co-star matches him in such adaptability. Although what’s remarkable about Colman (who you should recognise from many shows, not least The Eleventh Hour) was never marked, out of drama school in her early performances, to be the powerful screen tragedian she has become.
It’s this inaction, the ability to transmit complex emotions in nothing more than a look and a gesture that marks the pair out as greats in their field: