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The Emmys: Fourth time lucky as The Crown takes top prize... and so do its stars

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The Emmys: Fourth time lucky as The Crown takes top prize... and so do its stars

The Crown finally won the top drama prize at the Emmys on a night to remember for British talent.

Netflix’s lavishly produced royal show won outstanding drama series at the fourth time of asking, while four of its stars were also among the major winners.

Olivia Colman delivered another memorable awards show acceptance speech, breaking down in tears over her late father after winning the lead drama actress prize for her final season playing the Queen.

Ted Lasso stars Brett Goldstein and Hannah Waddingham won the outstanding supporting actor and actress in a comedy series awards (Getty Images)
Ted Lasso stars Brett Goldstein and Hannah Waddingham won the outstanding supporting actor and actress in a comedy series awards (Getty Images)

The main ceremony took place in Los Angeles, with a separate celebration held at Soho House in London for those unable to travel to the US.

Josh O’Connor won the outstanding drama actor award for his portrayal of the Prince of Wales and accepted the honour at the star-studded ceremony in downtown Los Angeles.

O’Connor paid tribute to Emma Corrin, describing the actress as a “force of nature” for her turn as Diana, Princess of Wales.

The Crown’s supporting stars also won, with Gillian Anderson and Tobias Menzies being recognised for playing Margaret Thatcher and the Duke of Edinburgh respectively.

Moses Ingram, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Marielle Heller, winners of the Outstanding Limited Or Anthology Series award for The Queen's Gambit (Getty Images)
Moses Ingram, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Marielle Heller, winners of the Outstanding Limited Or Anthology Series award for The Queen's Gambit (Getty Images)

Accepting her prize, Colman, who will be replaced as the Queen in the forthcoming fifth season of The Crown by Imelda Staunton, said: “What a lovely end to the most extraordinary journey with this lovely family. I loved every second of it and I can’t wait to see what happens next.”

Colman, speaking from the event in London surrounded by many of her The Crown co-stars and its creative team, broke down while paying tribute to her late father.

“I wish my dad was here to see this,” the Oscar-winner said. “I lost my daddy during Covid and he would have loved all of this.”

It was Colman’s first Emmy win from four nominations. She now has an Oscar, an Emmy, a Bafta film award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globes and three Bafta TV awards.

Corrin missed out on an award but turned heads with her outfit of a Miu Miu gown, a headpiece resembling a swim cap and fingerless gloves showing off black, talon-like fingernails. She described the look as “Crucible realness” – a reference to Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible about the Salem witch trials.

Also among The Crown winners was Claire Foy, who won best guest actress in a drama series for reprising her role as the young Queen Elizabeth for a flashback sequence. As well as the top drama prize of the night, The Crown also won for its writing and directing.

Kate Winslet triumphed in one of the most competitive categories — outstanding lead actress in a limited or anthology series or movie. She was recognised for playing a small-town detective in Mare Of Easttown.

Michaela Coel arrives at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Michaela Coel arrives at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Londoner Michaela Coel can now add an Emmy in her trophy cabinet, after being recognised for her writing on I May Destroy You. The show’s star and creator dedicated the series to “every single survivor of sexual assault”.

I May Destroy You was inspired by Coel’s own experiences of being assaulted.

All the major acting trophies were handed to white performers, despite diverse performers making up 44 per cent of acting nominees.

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