Tearful Olivia Colman reveals her father died during Covid during emotional Emmys acceptance speech as she wins Best Actress for The Crown
- The actress, 47, revealed that her father had passed away ‘during Covid’ as she dedicated her Best Actress win to him for her role in The Crown
- Olivia did not specify when her father died but was overcome with emotion and said she ‘wished’ her dad was still around to see her win
Olivia Colman got visibly emotional as she took a moment to honor her late father Keith during her acceptance speech at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night.
The actress, 47, had not previously announced her father’s passing but revealed she lost her father during the pandemic.
‘I’m going to be very quick because I’m very teary as I wish my dad was here to see this,’ she said shakily. ‘I lost my daddy during COVID, and he would have loved all of this.’
Colman was awarded the Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series gong for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix series The Crown.
Heartfelt: Olivia Colman, 47, teared up when she dedicated her Emmy Award win to her late Father, Keith Colman, who died ‘during COVID’
Colman accepted the award via video link from an Emmy Celebration at the Soho House where she was joined by co-stars Gillian Anderson, Emma Corrin, and Emerald Fennell.
Her co-star Josh O’Connor attended the ceremony in person at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.
Earlier in her speech, Olivia expressed shock over taking home the trophy, quipping that she ‘would’ve put money on that not happening.’
Family photograph: Olivia (centre) is pictured with her father Keith and mother Mary flanked by her grandparents in a childhood photograph
She continued: ‘What a lovely end to this extraordinary journey with this lovely family. I loved every second of it and I can’t wait to see what happens next.’
In order to take home the trophy, Colman beat out fellow nominees Jurnee Smollett (Lovecraft Country), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Emma Corrin (The Crown), Uzo Aduba (In Treatment) and Mj Rodriguez (Pose).
Colman took over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy for seasons three and four.
Coincidentally, Foy ended up winning the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series for portraying a younger Queen Elizabeth II in a flashback in the series.
Winner: The British actress won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix series The Crown
In The Crown, each season focuses on a different chapter of Elizabeth’s life, from her younger years all the way to her time on the throne.
The fan favorite show was the night’s biggest winner, with seven awards including a sweep of the dramatic acting categories.
The series beat out The Boys, Bridgerton, The Handmaid’s Tale, Lovecraft Country, The Mandalorian, Pose, and This Is Us for the accolade. The trophy also gave Netflix its first win in the most elite of Emmy categories.
The Crown won for its fourth season, which followed the British royal family in the 1980s and 1990s with Olivia as Queen Elizabeth II, Josh as Prince Charles and Emma as Princess Diana.
Meanwhile, executive producer Peter Morgan said: ‘Thank you the Television Academy. Thank you Netflix. Thank you Sony. Thanks, this lot.
‘Thank you to one or two people not here because we start shooting in a couple of hours… We’re going to have a party now! I am lost for words and I’m very, very grateful. Thank you.’
While Olivia won the honor for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Josh was the recipient of Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series.
Gillian received the trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series while Tobias won the honor of Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series.
‘We’re going to have a party now!’ Executive producer Peter Morgan accepted the award for Outstanding Drama Series from London
The crowd went wild! The cast cheered at the news their show had won
Victory! Olivia won the honor for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Winner: Gillian received the trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Gillian thanked her ex Peter Morgan, who created The Crown, and her best friend and manager Connie Freidberg
Emma Corrin had also been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress, but looked delighted for her costar as she applauded enthusiastically once Olivia’s name was announced.
Tobias, who plays Prince Philip, did not attend the show, leaving presenter Kerry Washington to accept the honor on his behalf
Tobias, who plays Prince Philip, did not attend the show, leaving presenter Kerry Washington to accept the honor on his behalf.
Gillian thanked her ex Peter Morgan, who created The Crown, and her best friend Connie Freidberg.
‘I want to say thank you to Peter Morgan for creating this role and to Netflix for everything, everything,’ Gillian said.
‘But I really want to dedicate this award to a woman who was my manager for 20 years, Connie Freiberg, who believed in me when no one else would and believed I had 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 and who wore the same dress five years running to every award show three times a year that we went to.
Josh described how fulfilling filming the show had been as he thanked his co-star Emma Corrin, his girlfriend, and family in his speech.
‘Making The Crown has been the most rewarding two years of my life, and the cast and crew, Peter Morgan, our producers and all the brilliant directors who made the show such a pleasure to be a part of, thank you,’ he said.
‘Emma Corrin, you’re a force of nature,’ the actor continued. ‘I love you very much.’
‘The most rewarding two years of my life’: Josh gushed about his co-star Emma Corrin, his girlfriend, and family as he accepted the Emmy
‘You’re a force of nature’: The actor spoke highly of his co-star Emma
He also thanked his ‘beautiful’ girlfriend for ‘putting up with the chaos of this career that I feel incredibly privileged to be a part of.’
‘And finally to my grandparents,’ he said. ‘My grandmother who passed a few months ago and my grandfather, Peter O’Connor, who will hopefully watch this in the morning. Your kindness and loyalty has been the greatest gift. Thank you so much.’
The 2021 Emmy Awards were certainly a who’s who of British stars, with Kate Winslet, Michaela Coel, Ewan McGregor and Brett Goldstein taking home trophies.
A night to remember! The actor, who plays Prince Charles, looked triumphant as he posed with his award
Big win! Kate Winslet received the award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie for her role in the HBO Max show, Mare Of Easttown
Strike a pose: The actress was one of numerous British stars to attend the show
Triumphant! Michaela Coel made history as the first Black woman to receive the Emmy for Outstanding Writing For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie
Kate received the award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie for her role in the fan favorite HBO Max show, Mare Of Easttown.
Michaela made history as the first Black woman to receive the Emmy for Outstanding Writing For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie.
Ewan was the winner of Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie for his role in Halston.
Hannah Waddingham won Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for Ted Lasso while her co-star Brett won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
Emotional: ‘I’m going to be very quick because I’m very teary as I wish my dad was here to see this,’ she said, adding, ‘I lost my daddy during COVID, and he would have loved all of this’
Colman had previously been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series or Television Movie for The Night Manager (2016); Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Fleabag (2019); and Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for The Crown (2020).
During her acclaimed career, Colman has been been nominated for two Academy Awards, which includes one win for Best Actress for The Favourite (2019).
The other Oscar was a Best Supporting Actress nod for The Father (2021).
Beaming: Colman took over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy for season thee and four; Colman is pictured arriving at Primetime Emmys celebration in London, England
THE 73RD ANNUAL EMMY WINNERS FOR 2021
The Boys (Amazon)
The Crown (Netflix) — WINNER
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Lovecraft Country (HBO)
The Mandalorian (Disney+)
This Is Us (NBC)
Cobra Kai (Netflix)
Emily in Paris (Netflix)
Hacks (HBO Max)
The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) — WINNER
Variety Talk Series
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) — WINNER
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)
The Amazing Race (CBS)
Nailed It! (Netflix)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1) — WINNER
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)
Jean Smart was recognized for Hacks
Lead Actress, Comedy
Aidy Bryant (Shrill)
Kaley Cuoco (The Flight Attendant)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish)
Jean Smart (Hacks) — WINNER
Lead Actor, Comedy
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso) — WINNER
Kenan Thompson (Kenan)
Lead Actor, Limited Series, Movie or Anthology
Paul Bettany (WandaVision)
Hugh Grant (The Undoing)
Ewan McGregor (Halston) — WINNER
Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton)
Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton)
Kate Winslet was recognized for her work in Mare Of Easttown
Lead Actress, Limited Series, Movie or Anthology
Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You)
Cynthia Erivo (Genius: Aretha)
Elizabeth Olsen (WandaVision)
Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit)
Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown) — WINNER
I May Destroy You (HBO)
Mare of Easttown (HBO)
The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix) — WINNER
The Underground Railroad (Amazon)
Lead Actress, Drama
Uzo Aduba (In Treatment)
Olivia Colman (The Crown) — WINNER
Emma Corrin (The Crown)
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Mj Rodriguez (Pose)
Jurnee Smollett (Lovecraft Country)
Lead Actor, Drama
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country)
Josh O’Connor (The Crown) — WINNER
Rege-Jean Page (Bridgerton)
Billy Porter (Pose)
Matthew Rhys (Perry Mason)
Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square – WINNER
Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Giancarlo Esposito (The Mandalorian)
O-T Fagbenie (The Handmaid’s Tale)
John Lithgow (Perry Mason)
Tobias Menzies (The Crown) — WINNER
Max Minghella (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Chris Sullivan (This Is Us)
Bradley Whitford (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Michael K. Williams (Lovecraft Country)
Gillian Anderson in The Crown won Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Gillian Anderson (The Crown) — WINNER
Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown)
Madeline Brewer (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Aunjanue Ellis (Lovecraft Country)
Emerald Fennell (The Crown)
Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Carl Clemons-Hopkins (Hacks)
Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso) — WINNER
Brendan Hunt (Ted Lasso)
Nick Mohammed (Ted Lasso)
Paul Reiser (The Kominsky Method)
Jeremy Swift (Ted Lasso)
Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live)
Bowen Yang (Saturday Night Live)
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live)
Hannah Einbinder (Hacks)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Rosie Perez (The Flight Attendant)
Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live)
Juno Temple (Ted Lasso)
Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso) — WINNER
Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Thomas Brodie Sangster (The Queen’s Gambit)
Daveed Diggs (Hamilton)
Paapa Essiedu (May Destroy You)
Jonathan Groff (Hamilton)
Evan Peters (Mare Of Easttown) — WINNER
Anthony Ramos (Hamilton)
Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton)
Kathryn Hahn (WandaVision)
Moses Ingram (The Queen’s Gambit)
Julianne Nicholson (Mare Of Easttown) — WINNER
Jean Smart (Mare Of Easttown)
Phillipa Soo (Hamilton)
Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Don Cheadle (‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’)
Charles Dance (‘The Crown’)
Timothy Olyphant (‘The Mandalorian’)
Courtney B. Vance (‘Lovecraft Country’) — WINNER
Carl Weathers (‘The Mandalorian’)
Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Alexis Bledel (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’)
Claire Foy (‘The Crown’) — WINNER
McKenna Grace (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’)
Sophie Okonedo (‘Ratched’)
Phylicia Rashad (‘This Is Us’)
Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin (‘Saturday Night Live’)
Dave Chappelle (‘Saturday Night Live’) — WINNER
Morgan Freeman (‘The Kominsky Method’)
Daniel Kaluuya (‘Saturday Night Live’)
Daniel Levy (‘Saturday Night Live’)
Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Jane Adams (‘Hacks’)
Yvette Nicole Brown (‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’)
Bernadette Peters (‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’)
Issa Rae (‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’)
Maya Rudolph (‘Saturday Night Live’) — WINNER
Kristen Wiig (‘Saturday Night Live’)
Saturday Night Live won Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Variety Sketch Series
‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’
‘Saturday Night Live’ — WINNER
Variety Special (Live)
Celebrating America – An Inauguration Night Special (Multiple Platforms)
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards (CBS)
The Oscars (ABC)
The Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show Starring The Weeknd (CBS)
Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020 (Showtime) — WINNER
Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)
Bo Burnham: Inside (Netflix)
David Byrne’s American Utopia (HBO)
8:46 – Dave Chappelle (Netflix)
Friends: The Reunion (HBO Max)
Hamilton (Disney Plus) — WINNER
A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote (HBO Max)
Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman (Netflix)
Oprah with Megan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special (CBS)
Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy (CNN) – WINNER
United Shades Of America with W. Kamau Bell (CNN)
Host For a Reality or Competition Program
Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness (‘Queer Eye’)
Nicole Byer (‘Nailed It!’)
Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary (‘Shark Tank’)
Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons (‘Top Chef’)
RuPaul (‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’) – WINNER
‘Big Mouth’ (Netflix)
‘Bob’s Burgers’ (Fox)
‘Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal’ (Adult Swim)
‘The Simpsons’ (Fox)
‘South Park: The Pandemic Special’ (Comedy Central)
Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal – WINNER
Short Form Animated Program
‘Love, Death + Robots’ (Netflix) – WINNER
‘Maggie Simpson In: The Force Awakens From Its Nap’ (Disney)
‘Once Upon a Snowman’ (Disney Plus)
‘Robot Chicken’ (Adult Swim)
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