Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge beats Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Emmy upset taking home THREE awards

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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

Winning big: Just moments earlier, Waller-Bridge had scooped the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for her Amazon Prime series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Main man: Whishaw looked delighted as he posed in the press room with his trophy on Sunday evening

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

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

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

‘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. 

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

She covered her face with her hands as she absorbed the news

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!'

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

Dynamic duo: Comer pair tribute to her co-star Sandra Oh, pictured right, in her acceptance speech

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 actresses shared a warm embrace

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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: Maisie Williams and Peter Dinklage later showed off their award backstage

Well done: Maisie Williams and Peter Dinklage later showed off their award backstage

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

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

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

Alex Borstein won an Emmy for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

so did her co-star Tony Shalhoub

Celebrating: Alex Borstein and Tony Shalhoub won supporting acting Emmys for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

The two had fun backstage with their trophies

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

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

DRAMA SERIES: 

Better Call Saul

Bodyguard

Game of Thrones – WINNER

Killing Eve

Ozark

Pose

Succession 

This is Us

COMEDY SERIES:

Barry

Fleabag – WINNER

The Good Place

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Russian Doll 

Schitt’s Creek

Veep

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

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

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

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

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 

LIMITED SERIES:

Chernobyl  – WINNER

Escape at Dannemora

Fosse/Verdon

When They See Us

Sharp Objects

Chernobyl won the coveted Best Limited Series for HBO

Chernobyl won the coveted Best Limited Series for HBO

TELEVISION MOVIE:

Black Mirror

Bandersnatch – WINNER

Brexit

Deadwood 

King Lear

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

Documentary Now!

Drunk History

I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman

Saturday Night Live – WINNER

Who Is America?

RuPaul's Drag Race won Best Reality-Competition Program

RuPaul’s Drag Race won Best Reality-Competition Program

STRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM: 

Antiques Roadshow 

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Queer Eye – WINNER

Shark Tank

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

Who Do You Think You Are?

UNSTRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM:

Born This Way

Deadliest Catch

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

Top Chef

The Voice

Nailed It 

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

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

Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for The Act

 

  

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Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge beats Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Emmy upset taking home THREE awards