Fleabag wins big at the Emmy Awards
by Davide Abbatescianni
- English showrunner Phoebe Waller-Bridge has emerged as the big victor of this year’s edition
The 71st Emmy Awards ceremony, held last night in Los Angeles, saw the triumph of Fleabag. The British production scooped six awards in total out of its 11 nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Outstanding Director for a Comedy Series for Harry Bradbeer. The Award for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series were also won by Fleabag during the 71st Creative Emmy Awards ceremony on 14 September.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s six-part comedy series revolves around the life of anti-heroine Fleabag and was produced by Two Brothers Pictures for the BBC and Amazon. The international cast includes actors Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott, Sian Clifford, Bill Paterson, Brett Gelman, and guest stars such as Kristin Scott Thomas and Fiona Shaw.
Written, executive-produced by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the series was produced by Sarah Hammond and executive-produced by Harry Williams, Jack Williams, Lydia Hampson, Harry Bradbeer and Joe Lewis for London-based Two Brothers Pictures. Following the prize-giving ceremony, members of the production team Harry Williams, Jack Williams and Sarah Hammond said: “We are beyond thrilled that Fleabag picked up awards this evening – especially for Phoebe and Harry. Although it was one of the funniest scripts we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, Fleabag is also one of the most romantic, heart-breaking, smart and devastating programmes on television, which only proves the genius of Phoebe and the phenomenal cast. Phoebe is a fearless, unique and extraordinary talent, and we knew Fleabag was something special from the very first moment we saw the original stage play. For the second series to have been recognised at the Emmy Awards this year is a monumental event, and it’s wonderful to be part of the love story that is Fleabag. The opportunity to take her words and turn them into something that resonates so fiercely with audiences across the world has been a complete joy. The cast, crew and partners we’ve worked with along the way are the best in the business, and we are just thrilled to see everyone’s hard work recognised.”
Other big winners of this year’s edition included the HBO productions Game of Thrones (Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Peter Dinklage) and Chernobyl (Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special for Johan Renck, Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special for Craig Mazin) as well as Black Mirror’s interactive film Bandersnatch (Outstanding Television Movie).
Fleabag’s first season hit UK screens on BBC Three in 2016 before being released on Amazon in September of that year. The second season aired on BBC Three and BBC One in March 2019, and on Amazon in May 2019. Recently, Two Brothers Pictures also produced The Widow, starring Kate Beckinsale, for ITV and Amazon, the hit drama Cheat for ITV, as well as the ambitious international drama series Strangers for ITV and Amazon, and Daisy Haggard’s “darkly comic gem” Back to Life for the BBC. The British outfit has several new commissions under way, and the second season of Liar is currently in production.
Here is a list of the main European productions and co-productions that received awards:
Best Limited Series
Best Actress, Comedy
Phoebe Waller-Bridge - Fleabag
Best Actress, Drama
Jodie Comer - Killing Eve (UK/USA)
Best Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie
Ben Whishaw - A Very English Scandal (UK)
Best Television Movie
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (UK)
Best Documentary or Nonfiction Series
Our Planet (UK)
Best Writing for a Comedy Series
Phoebe Waller-Bridge - Fleabag
Best Writing for a Limited Series or Movie
Craig Mazin - Chernobyl
Best Directing for a Comedy Series
Harry Bradbeer - Fleabag
Best Directing for a Limited Series or Movie
Johan Renck - Chernobyl
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