- Waller-Bridge created, writes and stars in Fleabag
- The show also won Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing
- Fleabag director Harry Bradbeer won the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
- Louis-Dreyfus had hoped to make Emmy history with a win for VEEP giving her a record nine acting Emmys
- Jodie Comer was a surprise winner in the Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series category for her role in Killing Eve, created by Waller-Bridge
- Ben Whishaw won a supporting actor Emmy for A Very English Scandal
- Other British winners were Succession writer Jesse Armstrong and Charlie Brooker for Bandersnatch
- Game Of Thrones won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series with Peter Dinklage winning in the supporting actor category
- Chernobyl was the winner of Outstanding Limited Series
- Michelle Williams took home her first Emmy, winning for Fosse/Verdun
Her series Fleabag has garnered fans and accolades on both sides of the Atlantic.
And on Sunday night, it’s creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge walked away with an unprecedented three gongs at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards as she led the British winners, with 13 of the 27 awards going to UK based stars.
The actress beat Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, despite Dreyfus being a hot favourite for the award.
Surprise: Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge scored a major upset at the Emmy Awards Sunday when she beat Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
All mine: Phoebe showed off her award for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series after beating hot favourite Julia Louis-Dreyfus to the accolade on Sunday evening
Moments earlier, Waller-Bridge had scooped the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and at the end of the show, she made it a hat trick when Fleabag was named Outstanding Comedy Series.
‘Well, this is getting ridiculous,’ she said as she collected her third trophy of the night.
In her acceptance speech for lead comedy actress, she quipped: ‘It’s just really wonderful to know and reassuring that a dirty, pervy, angry, messed-up woman can make it to the Emmys’, referring to her character.
‘I find acting really hard and really painful,’ Waller-Bridge said in her remarks.
‘Thank you to be nominated with these unbelievable actresses who I’ve looked up to and watched and laughed with for so many years — it means so much. I mean that in a nice way. And this means a huge amount to me.’
Funny: ‘It’s just really wonderful to know and reassuring that a dirty, pervy, angry, messed-up woman can make it to the Emmys’, the British actress quipped, referring to her character
High spirits: The actress beamed as she posed with her award for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
It’s a hat-trick: At the end of the night, she won her third Emmy, for Outstanding Comedy Series, and was joined by her cast and director on stage to celebrate
Success: Phoebe posed backstage with her awards after a triumphant night at the Emmy’s with her Fleabag co-stars
Meteoric: The actress has enjoyed a rapid rise to fame courtesy of her acting and writing roles on shows such as Fleabag and Killing Eve
Say cheese: (L-R) The cast beamed as they posed with their photos in the press room on Sunday evening
Harry Bradbeer brought Fleabag’s total number of Emmys to four when he won for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.
‘I think for a director, something like Fleabag only comes along once in your life,’ he said, after collecting his trophy.
‘Thank you Phoebe for coming into my life like some kind of glorious grenade. Scientists are still trying to work out how someone so incredibly talented can be so utterly lovely,’ he added.
The latest: A Very English Scandal’s Ben Whishaw, 38, told the crowd at the Emmys Sunday that he was hungover as he accepted the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Top of their field: Whishaw was presented with the award for his work on the Amazon series by Bill Hader and Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Main man: Whishaw looked delighted as he posed in the press room with his trophy on Sunday eveni
Popular choice: The actor’s win was one of 13 claimed by British stars at the annual awards ceremony
Her win denied Louis-Dreyfus the chance to make history as the first to win nine acting Emmys.
The former Seinfeld star has a career tally of 11 Emmys and had hoped to clinch the record with the final season of her HBO show.
She remains tied with Cloris Leachman with eight acting Emmys although she still holds the record of six wins for the same role for Veep.
The other actresses nominated in the category were Christina Applegate (Dead To Me), Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll) and Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek).
Huge turnaround: It took the second season of Fleabag for the show to make an impression stateside. It was ignored by Emmy voters last year and failed to earn a single nomination
International stardom: It’s sudden success as propelled Pheobe into the limelight, with the actress becoming a household name on both sides of the Atlantic
Over here Phoebe! The actress was mobbed by photographers and reporters on Sunday evening
‘A natural end’: It’s not yet clear if this year’s tremendous success will affect Phoebe’s decision to call time on her creation, having previously ruled out a third season
Overwhelmingly popular: Despite the show’s uncertain future, the actress was centre stage at the annual ceremony
It took the second season of Fleabag for the show to make an impression stateside, having been ignored by Emmy voters last year and failed to earn a single nomination.
It’s not yet clear if this year’s tremendous success will affect Waller-Bridge’s decision to call time on her creation.
She’s previously ruled out a third season saying the show had come ‘to a natural end.’
It was a big night for Waller-Bridge in other ways too.
Emotional: Jodie Comer appeared shocked when her name was read out as winner of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as Villanelle in Killing Eve
Fellow nominee: She thanked co-star Sandra Oh, who was nominated in the same category: ‘Safe to say Sandra, this has been an absolute whirlwind and I feel so lucky to have shared this experience with you’
Mutual fans: Sandra Oh, who had been nominated in the same category, had leapt to her feet to congratulate the stunned Comer on her win. The two shared a warm embrace
Unbelievable: Jodie was visibly stunned as she embraced her co-stars before taking to the stage
Out of the blue: ‘I was not expecting to get up on this stage at all,’ the actress, 26, said, adding: ‘I didn’t think this was going to be my time!’
She won! Jodie looked ecstatic as she took home her first Emmy on Sunday evening
Dynamic duo: Comer pair tribute to her co-star Sandra Oh, pictured right, in her acceptance speech
The creator of hit series Killing Eve saw one of the show’s stars Jodie Comer win the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy for her performance as Villanelle.
Comer, 26, appeared shocked when her name was read out, covering her face with her hands.
After being presented with the Emmy by Gwyneth Paltrow, she apologized to her parents who were at home in Liverpool for not inviting them to the awards show.
‘My mum and dad in Liverpool, who I didn’t invite because I didn’t think it would be my time: One, I’m sorry, and two, I love you. I’m gonna bring this home,’ she told the audience on Sunday evening.
So happy: The British actress accepted her award from Hollywood superstar Gwyneth Paltrow
It’s all about you: The Hollywood veteran made an exit as Jodie launched into her acceptance speech
Well earned: She was up against some stiff competition, including Oh, Emilia Clarke for Game of Thrones, Viola Davis for How to Get Away with Murder, Laura Linney for Ozark, Mandy Moore for This Is Us and Robin Wright for House of Cards
Looking good: Jodie looked incredible in a plunging white own as she returned to her seat after collecting the award
The actress’s shock was apparent when her name was called, as her co-stars cheered her on.
She stopped by the front row to give Oh a hug on the way to the podium, where Gwyneth Paltrow presented her with the Emmy.
Comer also thanked her co-star: ‘I was not expecting to get up on this stage tonight. I cannot believe I’m in a category alongside these women, including Sandra.
‘Safe to say Sandra, this has been an absolute whirlwind and I feel so lucky to have shared this experience with you.’
Not only was this her first Emmy win, but it also marked her first nomination, having been snubbed last year.She was up against some stiff competition, including Oh, Emilia Clarke for Game of Thrones, Viola Davis for How to Get Away with Murder, Laura Linney for Ozark, Mandy Moore for This Is Us and Robin Wright for House of Cards.
So much winning: Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker won the Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie for Netflix’s Bandersnatch along with Annabel Jones and Russell McLean
Pals: Brooker later posed alongside Fleabag star Andrew Scott, whose show was among the night’s biggest winners
Side by side: (L-R) Annabel Jones, Charlie Brooker and Russell McLean posed with their award in the press room
Elsewhere A Very English Scandal’s Ben Whishaw told the crowd he was hungover as he accepted the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.
‘I’m hungover! My agent took me out for drinks and I’m hungover,’ the English actor, 38, said Sunday from the stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Whishaw was presented with the award for his work on the Amazon series by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Bill Hader in an impressive victory that came on his first nomination, and against a strong field of fellow actors, to boot.
His fellow nominees included Michael K. Williams (When They See Us), John Leguizamo (When They See Us), Paul Dano (Escape at Dannemora), Asante Blackk (When They See Us) and Stellan Skarsgard (Chernobyl).
Epic win: Game Of Thrones won outstanding drama series during Sunday’s 70th Annual Emmy Awards, even despite fans disapproval over the fantasy epic’s eighth and final season.
Fun times: Alfie Allen, who was nominated for his role as Theon Greyjoy, posed up with the cast
Winner: Peter Dinklage, 50, took home the supporting actor Emmy for the fourth time for his performance as Tyrion Lannister
It’s over: During the live telecast, the cast of GOT took a bow on stage. Dinklage described the series as ’10 years of absolute sweat, but 10 years of the most talented, mother****ing people’
Co-creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss accepted the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, which GOT also won in 2015, 2016 and 2018
Well done: Former co-stars Maisie Williams and Peter Dinklage later showed off their award backstage
Three’s company: British star Sophie Turner posed alongside Game Of Thrones show-runners David Benioff (L) and D.B. Weiss (R)
Stunning: Sophie looked suitably glamorous in an embellished white evening dress on Sunday evening
Old friends: Former co-star Nathalie Emmanuel joined Sophie at the star-studded event
A Very English Scandal, a mini-series based on a real late-70s scandal, cast Whishaw as Norman Scott, who was an ex of Jeremy Thorpe, a Liberal Parliament Member – and things took a turn for the worse between the two.
Whishaw sent his best wishes for his co-star Hugh Grant, who played Thorpe in the three-part series, telling the veteran actor, ‘I hope you get one of these.’
Whishaw, who’s also been seen in Mary Poppins Returns, also mentioned his husband, Mark Bradshaw, in his acceptance speech, ‘for his love and his support and keeping [him] somewhat sane.’
Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker won the Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie for Netflix’s Bandersnatch, while Jesse Armstrong won for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for his work on HBO’s Succession.
‘Quite a lot of British winners, maybe too many?’ he joked as he clutched his Emmy on stage. ‘Maybe you should have a think about those immigration restrictions.’
Engaging sight: Emilia Clarke’s plunging dress ensured she caught the eye on Sunday evening
Ravishing: The British star posed for photos before making her way inside the annual ceremony
British beauties: (L-R) Sophie Turner, Nathalie Emmanuel and Emilia Clarke
Game of Thrones, which features a predominantly British cast, took home the top prize of Outstanding Drama Series.
It’s the fourth time the HBO fantasy series has won that Emmy, previously getting the award in 2015, 2016 and 2018.
However, the show’s stars were mostly snubbed with the exception of Peter Dinklage. He won the supporting actor Emmy for the fourth time for his performance as Tyrion Lannister.
In fact, given the show has now ended, Dinklage is the only GOT series regular to win an Emmy for his work in the series.
’10 years of absolute sweat, but 10 years of the most talented, mother****ing people…,’ he said in his acceptance speech, which was bleeped by producers of the live telecast.
‘Hey, it’s over, I don’t care,’ he told the audience about his use of expletives.
Next up: British star John Oliver accepts the Outstanding Variety Talk Series award for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
There you go: He accepted the first of his two awards from presenter Billy Porter
Popular: The talk show host won the awards for outstanding writing for a variety series and outstanding variety talk series
Co-showrunner D.B. Weiss then paid tribute to the cast and crew of the show.
He said: ‘You make everything we write better. We love you, and we loved every minute we’ve spent with all of you. Thanks to the hardest working crews in television … it is amazing that all of you are still alive. I can’t believe we finished it. I can’t believe we did it.’
Game Of Thrones started out strong with a supporting actor win for Peter Dinklage. The odds were in their favor, however, as British star Alfie Allen and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau were also heralded in the category.
Four-time winner Peter sang the praise of the entire GOT team, calling the decade long production ‘Ten years of absolute sweat but ten years of the most incredible, talented, funniest [people] I’ve ever been lucky enough to work with.’
Triumph: HBO’s Chernobyl, another British show, was the winner of Outstanding Limited Series
Acceptance speech: Director Johan Renck accepted the award on behalf of his hugely popular show
Well received: The show, which depicts the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986, has been a huge success for HBO
Other British winners on the night included talk show host John Oliver, who won the awards for outstanding writing for a variety series and outstanding variety talk series for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
Meanwhile HBO’s Chernobyl, a hard-hitting depiction of the 1986 nuclear disaster, was the winner of Outstanding Limited Series.
As well as the Brits there was success for a host of American stars, with Michelle Williams winning her very first Emmy, for the FX limited series Fosse/Verdon.
The 39-year-old won Outstanding Lead Actress for her performance as dancer and Bob Fosse muse Gwen Verdon.
The Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series went to Jharrel Jerome for Ava DuVernay’s Netflix drama When They See Us.
Netflix crime drama Ozark was another big winner, winning a supporting acting Emmy for Julia Garner and a directing Emmy for Jason Bateman, who also stars in the series.
while Patricia Arquette won for Supporting Actress in a Limited Series for The Act.Alex Borstein and Tony Shalhoub won supporting acting Emmys for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Billy Porter won for Pose and John Oliver Tonight won for Variety Talk Series.
Happy: As well as the Brits, Michelle Williams, 39, won her first Emmy for her role as dancer and Bob Fosse muse Gwen Verdon in the FX limited series Fosse/Verdon
Celebrating: Alex Borstein and Tony Shalhoub won supporting acting Emmys for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
He’s got his hands full: The two had fun backstage with their trophies
Historic: Billy Porter was on top of the world after winning for Pose and becoming the first openly gay black man to win an Emmy
PRIMETIME EMMY WINNERS 2019 – KEY CATEGORIES
Better Call Saul
Game of Thrones – WINNER
This is Us
Fleabag – WINNER
The Good Place
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES:
Jason Bateman – Ozark
Sterling K. Brown – This is Us
Kit Harington – Game of Thrones
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Billy Porter – Pose – WINNER
Milo Ventimiglia – This is Us
Billy Porter became the first openly gay black man to win Best Actor in a Drama Series for Pose
SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES:
Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul
Giancarlo Esposito – Better Call Saul
Alfie Allen – Game of Thrones
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones – WINNER
Michael Kelly – House of Cards
Chris Sullivan – This is Us
ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES:
Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones
Robin Wright – House of Cards
Jodie Comer – Killing Eve – WINNER
Sandra Oh – Killing Eve
Laura Linney – Ozark
Viola Davis – How To Get Away With Murder
Mandy Moore – This Is Us
Jodie Comer won Best Actress in a Drama Series for Killing Eve
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES:
Gwendoline Christie – Game of Thrones
Julia Garner – Ozark – WINNER
Lena Headey – Game of Thrones
Fiona Shaw – Killing Eve
Sophie Turner – Game of Thrones
Maisie Williams – Game of Thrones
ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES:
Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Natasha Lyonne – Russian Doll
Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag – WINNER
Christina Applegate – Dead to Me
Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek
Bill Hader won Best Actor in a Comedy Series for the second year in a row
ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES:
Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
Don Cheadle – Black Monday
Ted Danson – The Good Place
Michael Douglas – The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader – Barry – WINNER
Eugene Levy – Schitt’s Creek
Alex Borstein (right) won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES:
Anthony Carrigan – Barry
Stephen Root – Barry
Henry Winkler – Barry
Alan Arkin – The Kominsky Method
Tony Shalhoub – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – WINNER
Tony Hale – Veep
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES:
Sarah Goldberg – Barry
Sian Clifford – Fleabag
Olivia Colman – Fleabag
Betty Gilpin – GLOW
Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – WINNER
Marin Hinkle – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky – Veep
ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE:
Mahershala Ali – True Detective
Hugh Grant – A Very English Scandal
Benicio Del Toro – Escape at Dannemora
Jared Harris – Chernobyl
Jharrel Jerome – When They See Us – WINNER
Sam Rockwell – Fosse/Verdon
SUPPORTING ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE:
Stellan Skarsgard – Chernobyl
Paul Dano – Escape at Dannemora
Ben Whishaw – A Very English Scandal
Asante Blackk – When They See Us
John Leguizamo – When They See Us
Michael K. Williams – When They See Us