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Foy, who played Queen Elizabeth II for the first two seasons of the Netflix show, seemed incredulous upon winning her award. “This wasn’t supposed to happen,” she said, before thanking the cast and crew for the “most extraordinary two and a half years.”
When the drama returns for its third season, Foy and the rest of the principal cast will be replaced in order to portray older versions of the characters. To the new cast, Foy said, “And the show goes on. I dedicate this to the next cast and to Matt Smith [her co-star, who plays Prince Philip].” Smith lost out on the best supporting actor in a drama Emmy to Game of Thrones‘ Peter Dinklage.
Foy edged out fellow nominees Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Elisabeth Moss, Killing Eve‘s Sandra Oh, The Americans‘ Keri Russell and Westworld‘s Evan Rachel Wood.
Foy previously won a Golden Globe for her role on the period drama, but this marks her first Emmy win and second nomination for the part.
The 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards aired live on NBC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Saturday Night Live‘s Michael Che and Colin Jost co-hosted the kudocast.
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