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Emmy Awards 2021: The Crown sweeps the board with its stars taking home top prizes

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The Crown swept the board at the 2021 Emmy Awards last night, securing 11 awards including top acting prizes for Olivia Colman and Gillian Anderson.

Netflix's acclaimed royal drama beat the likes of Bridgerton, Pose and The Mandalorian to win Outstanding drama series, while the show's creator Peter Morgan won Writing for a drama series.

Olivia Colman, who played the Queen in seasons 3 and 4, won Leading Actress in a drama series, while Josh O'Connor, who played Prince Charles, won Leading Actor. Anderson, who starred as Margaret Thatcher, won Supporting Actress, and Tobias Menzies, aka Prince Philip, won Supporting actor.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

Jessica Hobbs won Directing for a series for the episode War.

The cast of The Crown has had a reshuffle for season 5 and 6, with Imelda Staunton taking over from Colman as the monarch, and Jonathan Pryce replacing Menzies. Dominic West will take over from O'Connor as Prince Charles, Lesley Manville will be usurping Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, and Elizabeth Debicki is replacing Corrin as the late Princess Diana.

Photo credit: Gareth Cattermole - Getty Images
Photo credit: Gareth Cattermole - Getty Images

Elsewhere, Kate Winslet won Leading actress in a limited series for Mare of Easttown, and Ewan McGregor won Leading Actor for his role in Netflix's Halston, playing the title role as the late designer.

Actress and writer Michaela Coel won Writing for a limited series for her acclaimed drama I May Destroy You, making history in the process as the first Black woman to win in that category.

"Write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn't comfortable," Coel said in her acceptance speech. "Visibility these days seems to somehow equate to success. Do not be afraid to disappear from it, from us for a while, and see what comes to you in the silence. I dedicate this story to every single survivor of sexual assault."

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Photo credit: Rich Fury - Getty Images

Meanwhile, fans will be hoping that Winslet's win for Mare of Easttown - co-stars Evan peters and Julianne Nicholson also won acting awards for their performances in the gripping drama - might push the show's creator Brad Ingelsby to confirm a second season.

Speaking backstage at the event, the actress told press (including Deadline): "Conversations are happening, but I think until scripts are in place that we can really respond to, and know what a full story of a Season 2 might be and where Mare goes.

"We're not going to match what we already did, nor should we try, but we should do at least provide something that’s as captivating and entertaining as Season 1."

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