Jodie Comer Wins Lead Actress Emmy for 'Killing Eve' as Phoebe Waller-Bridge Sweeps the Board

Killing Eve's Jodie Comer won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in season two of BBC America's acclaimed hit series.

Catch-up with Killing Eve via BBC America, the first two episodes of season one are available for streaming, and on Hulu. 

During her acceptance speech, Comer apologized to her parents at home in Liverpool for failing to invite them to the ceremony "because I didn't think it would be my time."

"One, I'm sorry, and two, I love you," she said as she held her trophy aloft. "I'm gonna bring this home." Comer won the award ahead of her Killing Eve co-star Sandra Oh, who was nominated for the second year running, as well as Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke and How to Get Away with Murder star Viola Davis, a previous winner in this category.

Earlier this year, Comer won the equivalent prize at the BAFTA TV Awards for her brilliant, multi-faceted performance as Villanelle.

Meanwhile, Killing Eve's executive producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge won three awards for her super-buzzy sitcom Fleabag: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Comedy Series.

“Well, this is just getting ridiculous,” she said as she collected her third prize of the night. “Fleabag started as a one woman show at Edinburgh Festival in 2014. The journey has been absolutely mental to get here.”


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Other winners at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards included Ben Whishaw, who took home the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie trophy for his performance in A Very English Scandal, the political miniseries written by former Doctor Who show runner Russell T Davies. Pose's Billy Porter, Fosse/Verdon's Michelle Williams, and The Act's Patricia Arquette also won acting prizes. And while Killing Eve's Fiona Shaw didn't take home an award, we'd like to give her a shout-out for being nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, based on her role as the no-holds-barred Carolyn Martens.

Game of Thrones won the Outstanding Drama Series ahead of Killing Eve, while Thrones fan favorite Peter Dinklage won the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series prize for a record fourth time.

What was your highlight of the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards?