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.
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.
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
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.’
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.
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
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
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).
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 evening
Popular choice: The actor’s win was one of 13 claimed by British stars at the annual awards 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.’
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
‘A natural end’: It’s not yet clear if this year’s tremendous success will affect Waller-Bridge’s decision to call time on her creation, having previously ruled out a third season
It was a big night for Waller-Bridge in other ways too.
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.
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
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!’
Dynamic duo: Comer pair tribute to her co-star Sandra Oh, pictured right, in her acceptance speech
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
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).
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.’
Quip: Jesse Armstrong won for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for his work on Succession. ‘Quite a lot of British winners, maybe too many?’ he joked as he clutched his Emmy
Joked he was hungover: Ben Whishaw, 38, took home the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role as Norman Scott in A Very English Scandal
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
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.’
Game of Thrones 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.
Winner: Peter Dinklage, 50, took home the supporting actor Emmy for the fourth time for his performance as Tyrion Lannister in Game Of Thrones
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
popular: Dinklage rose to fame as Tyrion Lannister in the hit show, which ran for nine years and eight seasons
Michelle Williams won 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.
HBO’s Chernobyl was the winner of Outstanding Limited 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: 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
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
Chernobyl – WINNER
Escape at Dannemora
When They See Us
Chernobyl won the coveted Best Limited Series for HBO
Bandersnatch – WINNER
My Dinner with Herve
VARIETY TALK SERIES:
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – WINNER
The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
VARIETY SKETCH SERIES:
At Home with Amy Sedaris
I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman
Saturday Night Live – WINNER
Who Is America?
RuPaul’s Drag Race won Best Reality-Competition Program
STRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM:
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Queer Eye – WINNER
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
Who Do You Think You Are?
UNSTRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM:
Born This Way
Life Below Zero
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked
Somebody Feed Phil
United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell – WINNER
REALITY- COMPETITION PROGRAM:
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
RuPaul’s Drag Race – WINNER
GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES:
Luke Kirby – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – WINNER
Rufus Sewell – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Adam Sandler – Saturday Night Live
John Mulaney – Saturday Night Live
Matt Damon – Saturday Night Live
Robert De Niro – Saturday Night Live
Peter MacNicol – Veep
GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES:
Fiona Shaw – Fleabag
Kristin Scott Thomas – Fleabag
Maya Rudolph – The Good Place
Jane Lynch – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – WINNER
Emma Thompson – Saturday Night Live
Sandra Oh – Saturday Night Live
GUEST ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES:
Michael Angarano – This Is Us
Ron Cephas Jones – This Is Us
Michael McKean – Better Call Saul
Kumail Nanjiani – The Twilight Zone
Glynn Turman – How To Get Away With Murder
Bradley Whitford – The Handmaid’s Tale – WINNER
GUEST ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES:
Laverne Cox – Orange Is the New Black
Cherry Jones – The Handmaid’s Tale – WINNER
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Apocalypse
Phylicia Rashad – This Is Us
Cicely Tyson – How To Get Away With Murder
Carice van Houten – Game of Thrones
Michelle Williams won Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE:
Amy Adams – Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette – Escape at Dannemora
Aunjanue Ellis – When They See Us
Joey King – The Act
Niecy Nash – When They See Us
Michelle Williams – Fosse/Verdon – WINNER
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE:
Patricia Arquette – The Act – WINNER
Marsha Stephanie Blake – When They See Us
Patricia Clarkson – Sharp Objects
Vera Farmiga – When They See Us
Margaret Qualley – Fosse/Verdon
Emily Watson – Chernobyl
Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for The Act