Comer, who has played stylish assassin Villanelle for two seasons on the BBC America drama, began her speech with an emotional “I love you” to show creator and fellow Emmy winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
“I cannot believe I’m in a category alongside these women, one of them who is my co-star, Sandra Oh,” Comer said. “Sandra, safe to say … this has been a whirlwind. I’m lucky to have shared the whole experience with you.”
Comer also thanked director Damon Thomas, who has overseen seven episodes of the BBC series, for encouraging her to “take risks and above all, have fun.”
“That is what Villanelle is about,” Comer added.
The actress also gave a shout-out to her parents in Liverpool, whom she said she did not invite because “I didn’t think this was gonna be my time.” Comer told them while onstage, “One, I’m sorry and two, I love you. I’m gonna bring it home.”
Comer edged out fellow nominees Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke, How to Get Away With Murder‘s Viola Davis, Ozark‘s Laura Linney, This Is Us‘ Mandy Moore, House of Cards‘ Robin Wright and Killing Eve‘s Oh.