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The 2019 Emmys were delightfully British

Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES -- Phoebe Waller-Bridge hit the Emmys 2019 stage four times Sunday on night: Once as a presenter and three times as a winner.

After nabbing an early win for writing for a comedy series category for her work on "Fleabag," Waller-Bridge seemed increasingly (and delightfully) surprised at each subsequent win. The British multi-hyphenate also won for lead actress in a comedy -- in a shocking upset over "Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus -- before "Fleabag" took home the award for comedy series.

But Waller-Bridge was just one of numerous British winners at the 71st Emmy Awards.

"Fleabag's" Harry Bradbeer earned the series a fourth Emmy on the night, for directing in a comedy series, adding to Amazon Prime's impressive tally for the evening. The streamer's haul also included supporting actor in a limited series or movie winner Ben Whishaw (for "A Very English Scandal").

"Killing Eve" actress Jodie Comer won for lead actress in a drama series. When accepting the award, she admitted her parents were back home because she "didn't think it was going to be my time." Other Brits honored Sunday night included "Succession" writer Jesse Armstrong and his HBO compatriot John Oliver, whose late-night show "Last Week Tonight" earned prizes for variety talk series and writing.

And while the Brits who famously lent their accents to "Chernobyl" -- set in Soviet-era Ukraine -- didn't nab any awards, the show did win for writing, directing and limited series.

 

Even "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch's" win for TV movie was part of the British invasion.

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