Olivia Colman has said that having sex with Emma Stone on screen was “awfully fun.”

Stone agreed with Colman, who is set to take her bow in Netflix’s third and fourth seasons of The Crown as Queen Elizabeth II, adding that their raunchy scenes in upcoming film The Favourite were “really fun.”

The star-studded production is the latest in a series of lesbian films to come out in the past year, including Rafiki, which was banned in Nigeria because its director refused the censor’s request for its gay characters to show remorse.

Stone and Colman in a shot from the film (FoxSearchlight/youtube)

The Favourite, which shows Stone’s Baroness Masham and Rachel Weisz’s Duchess of Marlborough as two cousins fighting for the affections of Colman’s Queen Anne, is due to come out later this year and also features Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn and Mark Gatiss.

Speaking at the Venice Film Festival today (August 30), Colman said: “It’s as though we think we invented sex, but we didn’t, it’s been going on for quite a long time,” according to Reuters.

“And it was awfully fun having sex with Emma Stone,” added the Golden Globe-winning actress.

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Actress Emma Stone and actress Olivia Colman attend a photocall for the film "The Favourite" presented in competition on August 30, 2018 during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Venice Lido. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP)        (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
“It was awfully fun having sex with Emma Stone” (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty)

“It was really fun having sex with you too,” responded Stone.

The Academy Award winner later clarified: “We didn’t really!”

The Favourite is Weisz’s second appearance in a lesbian love story this year, after she starred in Disobedience, which depicted a forbidden romance between two Jewish women.

Weisz defended her explicit sex scene with Rachel McAdams in the film, calling it “beautiful,” and explaining that “usually there’s little point to sex scenes, but in our story it’s a love scene that’s about freedom.”

Rachel Weisz attends IFP's 27th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on November 27, 2017 in New York City.  (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for IFP)
Weisz called her sex scene with McAdams “beautiful” (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty)

Next year also promises to feature plenty of excellent lesbian stories on your screen, with Netflix’s First Ladies set to come out in 2019.

The film will show Jennifer Aniston playing Beverly Nicholson, the history-making first lesbian US President, as she moves into the White House with her wife Kasey, played by Tig Notaro.

Netflix has positioned itself as one of the best outlets for LGBT+ representation, with numerous queer storylines in – for instance – Orange is the New Black, Riverdale and the upcoming Super Drags.

WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 16:  Actress Jennifer Aniston arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Wanderlust' held at Mann Village Theatre on February 16, 2012 in Westwood, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Jennifer Aniston (Jason Merritt/Getty)

It has also been a launchpad for queer figures like Hannah Gadsby and her incredible show Nanette – even if the streaming service did erase seasons 2-7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race earlier this year.

And if you’re looking for more excellent sapphic content, look no further – we’ve got you covered with our list of the 12 lesbian movies you absolutely must watch.

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