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Vanessa Kirby wins BAFTA for her portrayal of Princess Margaret in The Crown

Vanessa Kirby has won Netflix its very first TV BAFTA after winning the award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Princess Margaret.

The actress has played Princess Margaret in The Crown for two seasons where the TV show retold important events in the Princess’s life, including her forbidden love with RAF Officer Peter Townsend.

Vanessa Kirby dedicated her award to her family and on-screen sister Claire Foy who plays The Queen. In a touching acceptance speech, the actress also dedicated the BAFTA award to Princess Margaret herself.

She said: “I just feel like the luckiest person in the world to get to play a character who was so colourful, vivid, brave and strong… this is for Margaret, wherever she is.”

The actress beat Julie Hesmondhalgh who was also a popular choice to win the award for her role in hit ITV drama Broadchurch. Other nominees included Liv Hill from Three Girls and Anna Friel from Broken.

Claire Foy, unfortunately, lost out on the Leading Actress Award for her portrayal of The Queen in The Crown. This was a shock to many who thought the actress would undoubtedly receive the BAFTA. It was the second consecutive year she was nominated.

Foy was beaten by Molly Windsor, an up-and-coming actress who is only 20-years-old, for her role in Three Girls. It is a drama focusing on the Rochdale child sex abuse scandal which also won best mini-series at the BAFTAs.

On her way up to the stage to collect her award, Vanessa Kirby and Claire Foy had a touching moment where Foy touched Kirby’s arm as both actresses had tears in their eyes.

Although there is no release date for The Crown season three, it has been announced that a totally new cast will be taking over. Olivia Coleman will take the reins from Foy and play The Queen, and Tobias Menzies will be replacing Matt Smith as the Duke of Edinburgh.