Period drama The Crown earned the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, as well as captured all four drama acting awards – Lead Actor for Josh O’Connor, Lead Actress for Olivia Colman, Supporting Actress for Gillian Anderson, and Supporting Actor for Tobias Menzies. (READ: FULL LIST: Winners, Emmy Awards 2021)
Only O’Connor was present at the awarding ceremony in Los Angeles, USA, but Colman and Anderson both accepted their awards from London, where the rest of the cast gathered.
“Making The Crown has been the most rewarding two years of my life,” said O’Connor, who played Prince Charles in the period drama. He continued, “the cast and crew, our producers and all the brilliant directors, you made the show such a pleasure to be part of, thank you!”
O’Connor also called co-star Emma Corrin, who played Princess Diana in the series, a “force of nature.” He thanked his family and his girlfriend for “putting up with the chaos of this career that [he] feels incredibly privileged to be a part of.”
O’Connor won over fellow nominees Billy Porter (Pose), Regé-Jean Page (Bridgerton), Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country), Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), and Matthew Rhys (Perry Mason).
Meanwhile, Colman got emotional while accepting her first Emmy award. “Thank you very much, I’d have put money on that not happening. I don’t know what to say. This is amazing,” she said.
The actress portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in seasons three and four of the series. “What a lovely end to the most extraordinary journey with this family. I loved every second of it and I can’t wait to see what happens next,” she added.
Colman then wrapped up her speech by dedicating the win to her late father, “I wish my dad was here to see this. I lost my daddy during COVID and he would’ve loved all of this.”
The actress bested other nominees, co-star Emma Corrin (The Crown), Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Jurnee Smollett (Lovecraft Country), MJ Rodriguez (Pose), and Uzo Aduba (In Treatment).
Anderson won for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in the series. “I want to say thank you to Peter Morgan for creating this role, and to Netflix for everything. Everything,” she said.
The actress then dedicated her award to her manager Connie Frieberg “who believed in me when no else would.” “And believed in my talent when I didn’t even think that I had talent. Who always advised me to take the high road. Who was one of the best friends that I’ve ever had in my life,” she said.
Anderson beat out fellow nominees Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown), Emerald Fennell (The Crown), Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale), Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale), Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale), Madeline Brewer (The Handmaid’s Tale), and Aunjanue Ellis (Lovecraft Country.)
Menzies, who was recognized for his portrayal of Prince Philip, was not present in the ceremony. Presenter Kerry Washington received the award on his behalf.
The Crown follows the British royal family across different time periods, from Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s marriage to Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ highly publicized relationship – and its subsequent breakdown The royals are portrayed by a different cast every two seasons.