Squid Game Star Makes history at the Emmys

Squid Game’s Lee Jung-jae has become the first Asian star to win the Emmy award for best male actor in a drama.

The South Korean won for playing the main role of the increasingly desperate Seong Gi-hun in the hit Netflix show.

The show’s creator, Hwang Dong-hyuk, won the best drama series director prize, also the first Asian to do so.

Ted Lasso won best comedy series for the second year in a row, while outstanding drama went to Succession, also for a second year running.

The drama’s British creator Jesse Armstrong made a jibe about the monarchy during his acceptance speech at the US TV industry’s most prestigious ceremony of the year.

“It’s a big week for successions – new King in the UK, this for us,” he joked. “Evidently a bit more voting involved in our winning than Prince Charles.”

“Keep it royalist, keep it royalist,” the show’s star Brian Cox, who was also on stage, told him after the audience went fairly quiet.

Succession stars Jeremy Strong, Brian Cox and Sarah Snook with creator Jesse Armstrong (right) on stage at the Emmys

Succession stars Jeremy Strong, Brian Cox and Sarah Snook with creator Jesse Armstrong (right) on stage at the Emmys
Armstrong then added: “I’m not saying that we’re any more legitimate in our position than he is. We’ll leave that to other people.”

Another Succession cast member, Matthew Macfadyen, won best supporting drama actor for his portrayal of ambitious interloper Tom Wambsgans, which he said was a “bonkers gift of a role”.

However, Cox could not replicate last year’s best actor win, losing out to Squid Game’s Lee.

Fellow Briton Brett Goldstein was among the night’s other acting winners, alongside Zendaya, Amanda Seyfried, Michael Keaton, Julia Garner and Jean Smart.

Zendaya with her Emmy Award

Euphoria star Zendaya won her second Emmy for best lead drama actress in three years
Zendaya won best drama actress for a second time for playing teenage drug addict Rue in Euphoria, following her win in 2020.

“Anyone who has loved a Rue or feels like they are a Rue – I want you to know I’m so grateful for your stories, and I carry them with me, and I carry them with her,” she said on stage.

Ted Lasso star Jason Sudeikis repeated his 2021 success by winning best leading comedy actor for playing the titular football coach.

His win was mirrored by his co-star Goldstein, who won best supporting actor in a comedy series for playing Lasso’s assistant coach Roy Kent for the second year running.