Phoebe Waller-Bridge Foils Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Bid for Emmy Record With Upset Best Actress Win

The “Fleabag” star and creator won for Best Actress in a Comedy

Last Updated: September 22, 2019 @ 7:02 PM

Phoebe Waller-Bridge upended Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ chance at Emmy history on Sunday.

The “Fleabag” star and creator won for Best Actress in a Comedy, meaning that Louis-Dreyfus and Cloris Leachman are still tied for most overall wins by a single perform with eight each. It was the first time Louis-Dreyfus lost for her role as “Veep’s” Selina Meyer, having won for all previous six seasons.

“Veep,” which wrapped its seven-season run this spring, received nine nominations, including Outstanding Comedy. The comedy has so far won zero awards.

Amazon nearly swept the comedy category on Sunday, winning the first four awards of the night, including a pair of supporting actor wins for “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” with Alex Borstein and Tony Shalhoub. “Fleabag” two other awards. Waller-Bridge won earlier for Writing in a Comedy Series and Harry Bradbeer won for directing.

Waller-Bridge had previously said the second season of “Fleabag” would be its last. During this summer’s television critics association press tour, Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke was not ready to give up.

“I’m basically her stalker,” she said. “Anything Phoebe wants to do we are signed up to do. Nothing would make us happier than to have her bring another season of that show, or anything else she wants to do. I’m forever the optimist. I remain always hopeful until it’s really over.”

Click here for the full list of Emmy winners Sunday night.

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