David Tennant and Olivia Colman named UK's hardest working actors

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David Tennant and Olivia Colman (Credit: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

David Tennant and Olivia Colman have been named the hardest working actors in the UK in a new survey.

Stats have been compiled by new streaming service Britbox, using a combination of TV appearances from 100 British TV and film actors, and also using factors like award nominations such as the BAFTAs and the National Television Awards.

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Coming a close second to Tennant is Doc Martin star Martin Clunes, followed by Only Fools and Horses icon Sir David Jason, Colman and Dame Julie Walters.

The remainder of the top 10 is made up of Sir Derek Jacobi, Dame Judi Dench, James Nesbitt, Steve Coogan and Sean Bean.

Clunes and Mirren were deemed to be the most versatile actors on the list, while Bean was noted to have the most 'star power', but also the most likely to end up deceased on screen.

Olivia Colman as the Queen in The Crown (Credit: Netflix)

Colman is currently wowing audiences having taken over the role of the Queen in the new series of The Crown on Netflix.

Meanwhile, Britbox launched in the UK last week, bringing together shows from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 on one streaming service.

Variety reported in January that the service had reached 500,000 subscribers after launching in the US and Canada in March, 2017.