Olivia Colman dedicates Emmy Award to late father

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Olivia Colman held back tears as she honoured her late father during her acceptance speech at the 2021 Emmy Awards last night (Sunday, September 19).

The Oscar winner - who won an Emmy for Leading Actress in a drama series for her role as the Queen in The Crown - revealed she had lost her dad during the pandemic last year, and that her speech would be brief as she was overcome with emotion.

"Thank you very much... I'd put money on that not happening," Colman joked. "What a lovely end to the most extraordinary journey for this lovely family. I loved every second of it and I can't wait to see what happens next.

"I'm going to be very quick because I'm very teary... I wish my dad was here to see this. I lost my daddy during Covid, and he would have loved all of this."

Colman concluded her speech by commending actress and writer Michaela Coel for her Emmy win.

Coel won an Emmy for Writing for a limited series for her critically acclaimed drama I May Destroy, making history in the process as the first Black woman to win the category.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

Meanwhile, The Crown won 11 awards in total last night, which also included Lead actor for Josh O'Connor for his role as Prince Charles; Supporting Actress for Gillian Anderson for her performance as Margaret Thatcher; and Supporting Actor for Tobias Menzies for his part as Prince Philip. The royal drama also won Outstanding Drama series, with its creator Peter Morgan taking home Writing for a drama series.

Colman played the Queen in season 3 and 4 of the Netflix drama, having taken over from the multi-award winning Claire Foy. The series has had its final cast reshuffle for seasons 5 and 6, with Imelda Staunton set to make her debut as the monarch. Jonathan Pryce will be taking over as Prince Philip, Lesley Manville will be the new Princess Margaret, and Dominic West will take over as Prince Charles. Elizabeth Debicki will replace Emma Corrin as Princess Diana.

There's a new Prime Minister succeeding Thatcher, with Jonny Lee Miller starring as John Major.

The Crown season 5 will return to Netflix next year.


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