Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s ‘Fleabag’ helps UK to dominant Emmys display


Killing Eve star Jodie Comer and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s comedy Fleabag were among the standout winners at the 71st Emmy Awards in LA last night, in what turned out to be a trophy-laden night for UK shows and their stars.

Fleabag beat off competition from HBO’s Veep and Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs Maisel to secure the outstanding writing award for comedy and best comedy series.

The BBC show, which is available via Amazon in the US, also took home the award for best directing while Waller-Bridge was winner of the lead actress in a comedy, beating Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Harry Bradbeer took best director for comedy for his work on the UK show.

Killing Eve‘s Comer took best leading actress in a drama, while Game Of Thrones took the outstanding drama award following what was widely seen as a divisive final season. The show’s star Peter Dinklage also secured the nod for best supporting actor.

Killing Eve

Sky’s series Chernobyl, co-produced with HBO, also had a stellar evening, winning best outstanding writing for a drama as well as best directing on a limited series.

Other UK winners included Jesse Armstrong for his work on HBO’s Succession while Black Mirror‘s Bandersnatch episode, which allowed viewers to pick their own ending, took best TV movie. Billy Porter was awarded lead actor in a drama for his role in Pose and Jharrel Jerome won the prize for lead actor in a limited series for his performance in fellow Netflix show When They See Us.

Although Game Of Thrones took best drama, the show’s star Emilia Clarke failed to take home the outstanding supporting actress award, losing out to Julia Garner for her work on Netflix drama Ozark’s. Elsewhere, Ben Whishaw took the outstanding supporting actor prize for his role in A Very English Scandal and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel duo Tony Shalhoub and Alex Borstein won supporting comedy acting prizes.

US cabler HBO was the overall winner across both the Emmys and the Creative Arts Emmys, which took place last week. The Game Of Thrones network took home 34 awards in total, while Netflix came second with 27 and Amazon third with 15.

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