Olivia Colman confirmed to return for Broadchurch 2

The Bafta-winning actress will star in a sequel to ITV's hit crime drama

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Olivia Colman has confirmed she will be returning in the sequel to ITV’s critically-acclaimed crime drama Broadchurch.

Speaking at the launch of new BBC One Christmas drama The 7.39, written by One Day author David Nicholls, Colman checked with her agent in the audience before confirming her return for a second series.

“Yes, I will be doing it,” she said, admitting she had been thoroughly enjoying four months off over the summer with her family.

“I was nervous thinking about what to do with myself but it turns out I am more than happy doing nothing,” she confessed with a laugh.

Screenwriter Chris Chibnall, who wrote the popular 'whodunit' earlier this year, has been guarded about revealing any plans for the sequel, refusing to say even where the drama would be set.

The series enjoyed widespread popularity earlier this year as audiences tried to guess the identity of a missing boy’s murderer, drawing peak ratings of 8.9m viewers.

Colman played Ellie Miller, a detective sergeant who discovers her husband killed 11-year old Danny Latimer, a case she had been investigating with co-star David Tennant.

Unlike Tennant, who played the troubled inspector Alec Hardy, Colman will not be appearing in the US remake of the show.

Chibnall, who is executive producer of the American remake Gracepoint, is currently co-writing an accompanying Broadchurch novel with author Erin Kelly.

Due for release next August, it promises to "delve deeper into the lives of each character from the show".