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The Crown reigns supreme at the Emmys


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The Crown reigned supreme at Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards, with all the major actors winning gold for their performances and the series taking the Best Drama prize. 

The hit Netflix series, critically lauded for its fourth season, depicted the British Royal Family during the 1980s and early 1990s. 

Olivia Colman, who portrayed Queen Elizabeth II, won Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, while Josh O’Connor, who played Prince Charles, won the Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series award. Gillian Anderson, who played Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and Tobias Menzies, who played Prince Philip, won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. 

Emma Corrin, who portrayed Diana, Princess of Wales, was nominated in the same category as Colman; however, she won the Critics Choice Award and a Golden Globe earlier in the awards season for her performance. 

Helena Bonham-Carter—who played Princess Margaret—and Emerald Fennell—who played Camilla Parker-Bowles—were both nominated against Anderson in the Supporting Actress category.

The show won Best Drama Series against competition as stiff as Bridgerton, The Boys, The Handmaid’s Tale, and This Is Us

Elsewhere, the show picked up awards behind the scenes. Its episode about the relationship and wedding of Charles and Diana (“Fairytale”) won Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour) and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series. 

The series won Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, and Claire Foy, who played Queen Elizabeth II for the show’s first two seasons, won Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her reprisal of the role in a flashback (“48:1”). 

The Crown returns soon for its fifth season and a brand new cast portraying the royals. Imelda Staunton will portray The Queen; Jonathan Hyde will play Prince Philip; Elizabeth Debicki will play Diana, Princess of Wales; and Dominic West will play Prince Charles. 

About author

Jess is the Senior Royal Reporter and Editorial Assistant at Royal Central. Her interest in royalty started in her teenage years, coinciding with The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and grew from there. She specializes in the British Royal Family (with emphasis on the Cambridges) and the Danish Royal Family, and has provided royal commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia.