Olivia Colman had Radio 1 listeners in stitches this week as she called into the show while Paul Rudd was making a special guest appearance.
The Crown actress, 49, managed to pull of a convincing Welsh accent while phoning in to Greg James’ Breakfast Show, where Paul was helping out with listeners’ problems during an ‘Agony Ant-Man segment’.
Pretending to be a fan with a dilemma, she jokingly scolded the Hollywood actor, 53, for not telling her he was visiting the UK.
Calling in ‘anonymously’, she questioned: ‘What would you do if you had a close friend, for over 20 years, who doesn’t live in England but he’s come. And he, not only hasn’t told you he was visiting, but went on a radio show’.
Paul began to put together the similarities in the caller’s story as he realised she was talking about him, leaving host Greg unable to contain his laughter.
Got ya: Paul Rudd was left red-faced after being prank called by his long-time friend Olivia Colman during an appearance on Radio 1 this week
Good job: The Crown actress, 49, managed to pull of a convincing Welsh accent while phoning in to the show and jokingly scolding the actor for not telling her he was visiting the UK
The actor is currently in London for the release of his new Marvel film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which premiered earlier this week.
And appearing on Radio 1, he began a segment named ‘Agony Ant-Man’ to help out listeners with their dilemmas.
But caller number four had an ulterior motive, as it was actually his friend Olivia, who hails from Norfolk and lives in the UK.
Calling in with a false Welsh accent, she began: ‘Hi Paul, I’m a big fan. So, I wanted to pick your brains. What would you do if you had a really, like a really good mate, like, you know, for over twenty years.
‘This friend, he doesn’t live in England but he’s come to England and he hasn’t told you about it. And then, not only has he not told you about it, he’s come onto a radio show. What would you do?’
Paul’s eyes lit up instantly with fear as he put the pieces together, simply letting out a chuckle and saying: ‘Oh my god, oh no’.
‘I know! Would you be offended?’ probed Olivia.
Attempting to diffuse the situation, Paul joked: ‘Personally, if it’s me? Absoultely not, i tend to give everybody the benefit of the doubt’.
Uh oh! Paul’s eyes lit up instantly with fear as he put the pieces together while she spoke of a ‘friend’ who hadn’t told her he was visiting the UK, simply letting out a chuckle and saying: ‘Oh my god, oh no’
Revealed: As Olivia began to laugh and break character, she announced her identity – with Greg asking how the pair know one another
Close: Paul shared that he and Olivia (pictured together in 2019) go ‘way back’ after starring in a play together over 20 years ago
Catching Olivia off guard, she began to let out a laugh as Paul repeated ‘oh god’.
‘Caller number four, reveal yourself please,’ said host James, before Olivia told Paul who it really was.
Shocked by her convincing act, Paul said: ‘My god, that is such a good, you really can do every accent.’
During the call, Olivia had noted that she and the actor had been friends for ‘over twenty years’, with the pair going on to detail how they know one another.
As Greg questioned where they met and how the friendship began, Paul shared: ‘Oh we go back, we really go back. Over, god how many years?’
‘Over twenty years, we were doing a play together and Paul used to come and stay on the floor of our rubbish flat in South London and come for Sunday lunch and things and yeah,’ explained Olivia.
Continuing: ‘Well, Paul was properly in the play and I had about two lines I think. So, I was listening to the Breakfast Show as I always do (because I love you Greg James) and I heard that Paul Rudd is coming on to do Agony Ant-Man and I went “WHAT?” and so I emailed Greg and said “Would it be alright to do a prank on Paul” and he said “hell yeah”‘.
Fans of the show loved the prank from actress Olivia, as one took to Instagram to comment: ‘A legend from each side of the pond’.
While stars such as Alan Carr, Russell T. Davies and Chris Ramsey were all left laughing too.
Busy: Paul is currently in the UK promoting his new movie Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which premiered in London earlier this week (pictured with Greg James during the show)
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