Samantha Colley is a British actress who gained recognition for playing the character of Abigail Williams in the 2014 stage production, The Crucible, showcased at the Old Vic Theatre in London. Her striking performance which thrilled audiences was highly acclaimed as she was nominated for a WhatsOnStage Award in the Best Supporting Actress category.
Her meteoric rise to stardom came with her outstanding depiction of Albert Einstein’s Serbian wife, Mileva Maric in the 2017 National Geographic television series, Genius, produced by Oscar-winning producer, Ron Howard. Other stage works, movies and television series she has starred in include Klippies, Far Away, Endeavour and Victoria.
She Initially Took To Sports In Her Formative Years Before Coming To The Limelight As An Actress
The comely actress was born in Canterbury, a cathedral city in Southeast England, in 1989. She celebrates her birthday every 22nd of March. Details about her parents are not known as she has only disclosed that she is one of five children born to her parents without mentioning their names. Samantha Colley had her childhood experiences in Devon, a county in Southwest England. She is of Caucasian ethnicity and her place of birth is an indication of her British nationality.
The Britannia actress was a great athlete while growing up as she participated in many track and field competitions during that time. Despite participating competitively in the sports, Samantha was eventually bitten by the acting bug as she proceeded to Oxford School of Drama, Woodstock, England in 2011. There, she honed her acting skills and graduated a term early with a diploma in Professional Acting in 2014.
Samantha Colley Made Her Acting Debut On Stage In 2014
Soon after her graduation from Oxford School of Drama in the year 2014, Samantha Colley made her first acting appearance on stage the same year in The Crucible. She portrayed Abigail Williams, a girl who is love-struck by god-fearing and married John Proctor (Richard Armitage) and persuades him to deviate from his morals and when he refuses to do this any longer, charts a malicious course for revenge. She starred alongside Richard Armitage, Harry Attwell, and Marama Corlett in the popular play that was held at the Old Vic Theatre, London.
The Arthur Miller’s stage production which was directed by Yael Farber received positive reviews as Samantha Colley’s excellent depiction of Abigail Williams earned her nominations for Best Supporting Actress at the Oliver Awards and WhatsOnStage Awards. She further appeared as Joan in Far Away at the Young Vic Theatre, also in 2014. Since then, the actress has continued to star in various theatre, small, and big-screen projects.
She played the role of Yolandi in the 2015 play, Klippies at the Southwark playhouse and in the same year transitioned into a TV actress.
She Has Scored More Of TV Roles In Her Acting Career
Colley began making waves as a TV actress in the year 2015 when she was cast as Nina Lorimer in Endeavour. The British TV detective drama series which is a prequel to the long-running Inspector Morse was critically acclaimed as it garnered positive reviews. It follows the story of a young Endeavour Morse who started his career as a detective constable with the Oxford City Police CID and later got promoted to a detective sergeant.
Still determined to take her career to new heights, Samantha picked up more TV roles in the subsequent years and has moved ahead to prove her worth in the film industry with her depiction in Victoria (2016/17) and Genius (2017-2018). She then made her last TV appearance in 2019 when she was cast as Andra in the historical fantasy drama series, Britannia that premiered in the United Kingdom on Sky Atlantic in January 2018. Other acting projects that the beauteous actress has graced her talent with include a short film titled Tuesday (2016).
Samantha’s Most Recognised Roles
Samantha Colley was ushered into the limelight when she was cast to play the role of Albert Einstein’s wife, Mileva Maric in the first season of immensely successful 2017 National Geographic television series, Genius. The show depicts the life stories of history’s greatest minds from their days as young adults to later years as physicists, including their discoveries, flaws, and relationships.
Through her portrayal of Mileva Maric, Samantha helped shed light on the Serbian physicist’s life as Einstein’s wife and how their passionate romance sparked up while attending Zürich Polytechnic in the late 1800s. Interestingly, her outstanding performance in the first season of the aforementioned series earned her a lead role in the second season as Dora Maar, together with Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, Seth Gabel, and Antonio Banderas.
Her excellent performance received positive reviews as she was nominated for 2018 Women’s Image Network Awards (WIN) for Actress MFT movie/mini-series. Afterwards, Samantha Colley played the role of Eliza Skerrett in the prominent and highly rated English television series, Victoria. The series which portrays the early life of Queen Victoria from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18 to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert, was a commercial success as it has been nominated for two Primetime Emmys.
Another one of Colley’s best-known roles came in 2018 when she played Ottilie in the film, Solo: A Star War Story. The space western movie which is rated among the most expensive films ever made is considered a box office bomb, having grossed $393.2 million on a production budget of $275-300 million. It also received an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects.
After years of portraying memorable characters in theatres, TV series and films, Samantha Colley has been able to garner an attractive net worth for herself which is reported to be about $1 million.
Reason Behind The Actress’ Failed Engagement With Richard Armitage
Samantha Colley was in a romantic relationship with English actor Richard Armitage for a little over two years. They met on the set of The Crucible and then began a romantic affair in November 2014. After dating for over a year, they got engaged on 16th June 2016. However, the couple called off their engagement in the following year. Since then, Colley and Armitage have kept their love life on a low key, away from the media. As a result, the reason for their sudden separation is still unknown, as it has been kept under wraps.
What We Know About Her Relationship Status
For several years, the British actress’ relationship status has been a bit of a mystery to her fans as she has preferred to keep any information on her personal life close to her heart. As such, it has been reported by many sources that Samantha is currently single and hasn’t been seen with any romantic partner since her split from Richard Armitage.
However, on December 23rd, 2018, she shared pictures where she presumably tied the knot with her mystery man whom she successfully hid his face from the camera. Judging by her caption “Jingle Wedding Bells”, it won’t be wrong to conclude that the actress is now a married woman, even though, she is yet to make the essential details about her supposed matrimony public.