The Television Academy traditionally hands out Emmy Awards in the Los Angeles area, but that doesn't necessarily give Hollywood-native TV stars a home court advantage. In fact, there have been quite a few small-screen winners over the years who hail from across the pond… During the 2021 Emmys, Olivia Colman — who was born in Norwich in Norfolk, England — won the award for best lead actress in a drama series for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II on "The Crown." It was her second time to earn an Emmy nomination for her work as Her Majesty on the hit Netflix series, and she'd previously scored Emmy nods for her acting on "Fleabag" and "The Night Manager." But she wasn't the only English actress who won an Emmy this year for playing the monarch… nor was she the only Brit who won big during the 2021 Emmys: U.K. actors came out on top in seven of the 12 major acting categories.
Now join Wonderwall.com as we take a look back at more British celebs who've reigned supreme on TV's biggest night…
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Claire Foy scored her first Emmy in 2018 for playing a legendary Brit: Queen Elizabeth II. The English actress, who was born in Manchester, was named best lead actress in a drama series for her portrayal of the monarch as a young woman on "The Crown." (She'd scored her first nomination for the same award a year earlier.) In 2021, she won her second Emmy for her work as Queen Elizabeth II — this time in the outstanding guest actress in a drama series category after she briefly returned to the role on the fourth season of "The Crown."
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During the 2021 Emmys, London native Tobias Menzies — who sadly wasn't on hand to claim his big win — won the award for best supporting actor in a drama series for his performance as Prince Philip on "The Crown." It was his first nomination.
Freshly minted two-time Emmy winner Kate Winslet took home the trophy for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie for her work on HBO's "Mildred Pierce" in 2011 and then won in the same category exactly a decade later for her performance as the titular detective on the HBO miniseries "Mare of Easttown."
During the 2021 Emmys, Scottish star Ewan McGregor — who was born in Perth, Scotland — won his first Emmy in the best lead actor in a miniseries or movie category for his performance as American fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick on "Halston." He previously earned nominations for his work on "Fargo," "ER" and "Highlands: Scotland's Wild Heart."
Another British "Ted Lasso" star who won big during the 2021 Emmys for their very first nomination? London native Hannah Waddingham, who took home the prize for best supporting actress in a comedy series.
During the 2021 Emmys, Josh O'Connor — who was born in Southampton, England — won the award for best lead actor in a drama series for his work as a young Prince Charles on "The Crown." It was his first nomination.
John Oliver won three Emmys for outstanding writing for his work on the late night variety news hit "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." The British comedian — who was born in Birmingham, England, but moved to New York City after his career took off — has since taken home 12 more Emmys for his work on his HBO show "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver." In fact, he's picked up both the Emmy for outstanding variety talk series and the Emmy for outstanding writing for a variety series every year for the past six years.
English actress Helen Mirren was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her immense contributions to the arts, so it's no surprise she's also been honored for her TV work in America: She claimed four Emmys for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie between 1996 and 2007. Most recently, she won Emmy gold for her work as one of the first female detective chief inspectors in London's Metropolitan Police Service on the drama "Prime Suspect."
West London-born multi-hyphenate Phoebe Waller-Bridge took home three Emmys — outstanding writing for a comedy series, outstanding lead actress in a comedy series and outstanding comedy series — for her work on "Fleabag" during the 2019 Emmy Awards.
"Killing Eve" star Jodie Comer, who was born in Liverpool, England, scored her first Emmy nomination — outstanding lead actress in a drama series — in 2019. She then took home the prize at the 71st Annual Emmy Awards on Sept. 22 that year.
English actor Ben Whishaw claimed the Emmy for best supporting actor in a limited series or movie for his performance in "A Very English Scandal" during the 71st Annual Emmy Awards in 2019. It was his first Emmy nomination too!
Damian Lewis won the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his work on "Homeland" in 2012. Ironically, the English actor scored his big win playing an American Marine Corps sergeant on the thrilling spy show.
Welsh actor Matthew Rhys had three Emmy nominations under his belt before he picked up his first statue in 2018. He took home some hardware for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his work on "The Americans."
Jane Seymour officially became an American citizen in 2005, but she was still 100% British when she won an Emmy in 1988 for outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie for her performance as Greek opera singer Maria Callas on the TV biopic "Onassis: The Richest Man in the World." The former Bond girl, who was born in the London area, has five more Emmy nominations to her name.
In 2017, English actor Riz Ahmed became the first man of Asian descent to win an Emmy for acting. (He was named best lead actor in a limited series or movie for his work on "The Night Of," which is based on the 2008 British crime show "Criminal Justice.") "I'm really proud to be a Londoner. I'm really proud to be from the U.K.," he gushed just moments after picking up his award. "I'm also really aware that actors of color often have more opportunity in the U.S., but I think ultimately now we see that TV in particular is a global medium."
Emma Thompson — who, like Helen Mirren, is a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire — has been nominated for six Emmys since winning the award for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for her work on "Ellen" back in 1998. In early 2020, the English actress, who was born in London, became an honorary citizen of Venice, Italy, where she and her husband, actor Greg Wise, own a home.
Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins has two Emmys for best lead actor in a limited series or movie to his name: he won for his work in the made-for-TV movie "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case" in 1976 and for his portrayal of Adolf Hitler in the made-for-TV movie "The Bunker" in 1981. He's earned four more nominations since then.
Thandiwe Newton won her first Emmy — best supporting actress in a drama series for her work as Maeve Millay on HBO's "Westworld" — in 2018. The uber-talented London-born beauty was nominated in the same category the previous year and again in 2020.
Benedict Cumberbatch — whom Queen Elizabeth II appointed a CBE for services to the performing arts in 2015 — scored seven Emmy nominations between 2012 and 2018, but he's only claimed top honors once: In 2014, he won the award for best lead actor in a miniseries or movie for his performance as the titular detective on "Sherlock." Most recently, the English actor — who was born in London and grew up in Kensington and Chelsea — earned two Emmy nods for his work on "Patrick Melrose."
Scottish actress Kelly MacDonald, who was born in Glasgow, won the Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie for her work in the HBO made-for-TV movie "The Girl in the Cafe" in 2006. She was nominated again — but didn't win — for her work on the HBO prohibition drama "Boardwalk Empire" in 2011.
Maggie Smith's work has been so widely celebrated in England that Queen Elizabeth II appointed the Essex native a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and Order of the Companions of Honour. In America, the English actress has been honored with four Emmys. Most recently, she collected a trophy for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for her work on "Downton Abbey" in 2016.
English comedian Ricky Gervais has earned 24 Emmy nominations since 2005, but he's only won twice: first in 2006 for executive producing the American version of "The Office" (the NBC sitcom, which was named best comedy series that year, is based on a British series of the same name that he created) and then in 2007 for his starring turn on the HBO comedy "Extras." (Ricky won the Emmy for best lead actor in a comedy series for his performance as aspiring actor Andy Millman.)
Back in 2001, Kenneth Branagh won the Emmy for best lead actor in a miniseries or movie for his work in the HBO made-for-TV movie "Conspiracy." The esteemed actor-filmmaker — who was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, but relocated with his family to Berkshire, England, amid the Troubles — has earned three more Emmy nominations since then.
Queen Elizabeth II appointed Julie Andrews — like many of her fellow esteemed British thesps — a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her contributions to the performing arts. And like many of her peers, the English actress, who was born in Surrey, has also been honored for her work as an actress in the United States. She won her first Emmy — outstanding variety musical series for "The Julie Andrews Hour" — in 1973 and her second — outstanding nonfiction series for "Broadway: The American Musical" — in 2005.
Vanessa Redgrave earned six Emmy nominations between 1981 — when she was named best lead actress in a limited series or movie for her work in the made-for-TV movie "Playing for Time" — and 2002. The English actress, who was born in London, won her second Emmy in the same category in 1991 for her work in the HBO made-for-TV movie "If These Walls Could Talk 2."
In 1996, the late, great Alan Rickman, who was born in London, took home the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie for his performance as the titular Russian mystic in the HBO made-for-TV movie "Rasputin." The English actor earned a second Emmy nomination in 2004 for his work in a different HBO made-for-TV movie: "Something the Lord Made."
In 2019, English actress Rosamund Pike, who was born in London, won the Emmy for outstanding actress in a short form comedy or drama series for her work in the Sundance TV short "State of the Union."
Kiefer Sutherland — who was born in London to Canadian parents, actors Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas — won two Emmys in 2006 for his work on "24," which was named outstanding drama series that year. (He was named outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his performance as Jack Bauer and picked up a second award for co-executive producing the popular FOX series.) All in all, Kiefer scored 11 Emmy nominations for "24" between 2002 and 2009.