British TV wins big at 2019 Emmy Awards

Fleabag, Killing EveChernobyl, A Very English Scandal and Game of Thrones all took home trophies. 

It was a big night for British TV at last night’s 71st Emmy awards.

Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge was one of the night’s biggest winners, taking home four awards for her critically-acclaimed series including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.  

"It's so wonderful and reassuring to know that a dirty, pervy, angry and messed-up woman can make it to the Emmys," she joked in reference to the show’s main character during one acceptance speech.  

Killing Eve star Jodie Comer won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of ruthless assassin Villanelle, a role which also netted her a BAFTA back in May. 

After concluding with a hugely divise final series earlier this year, fantasy juggernaut Game of Thrones still managed to snag the coveted Outstanding Drama Series award. 

Despite receiving a record number of nominations, Peter Dinklage was its only star to take home a trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. 

Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams all lost out in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category to Julia Garner for Netflix’s dark drama Ozark.

Black Mirror’s Charlie Brooker won Best Television Movie for his mind bending interactive puzzle Bandersnatch while Succession creator Jesse Armstrong took home Best Writing for a Drama Series. 

Haunting drama Chernobyl, which is a co-production between Sky and HBO, also won 3 awards including Outstanding Limited Series.

In total, 13 of the night’s 27 awards had British involvement. 

Elsewhere, Pose’s Billy Porter made history as the first openly gay black man to win Best Leading Actor in a Limited Series and Michelle Williams recieved a standing ovation for her empowering speech about equal pay. 

Source: The Guardian

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