24 Years After First Emmy Win, Gillian Anderson Could Take Home Another Trophy for ‘The Crown’

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With a total of 24 nominations, Crown Amy got a lot of recognition. The Netflix series about Britain’s royal family is predicted to be a big winner during the 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards on 19 September. Many critics believe it will be a big night for the show and its stars, including Gillian Anderson. Two decades after her first Emmy win, Anderson is looking to win her second trophy.

'The Crown' actor Gillian Anderson at the 2020 BAFTA British Academy Film Awards.
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Gillian Anderson won an Emmy for ‘The X-Files’ 24 years ago

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Anderson is best known to TV fans as Dana Scully on the Fox series The X Files. The show followed Scully and his partner Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) while investigating aliens and other supernatural cases. Although Mulder believes in the concept of paranormal beings, Scully is skeptical about the matter.

The X Files The show proved to be a success, earning its stars several Emmy nominations. From 1996 to 1999, Anderson received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. In 1997, Anderson won the award by defeating contenders such as Roma Downey, Juliana Margulies, Sherry Stringfield and Christine Lahti.

Gillian Anderson nominated for ‘The Crown’


In 2020, Anderson debuted as Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season Crown. It was the show’s biggest season as it saw Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) marry Princess Diana (Emma Corinne). It also chronicled Thatcher’s struggles as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and his complicated relationship with Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman).

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Thatcher’s portrayal of Anderson, however, received mixed reactions. Crown Fans, however, were praised by TV critics. According to Independent, Anderson’s performance has been described as “something extraordinary in making an often disgraced historical figure feel like a real human being”.

Earlier this year, she won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress and the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. Now, she has a chance to complete the trifecta with an Emmy win for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Gillian Anderson is a strong contender to win the Emmy

Anderson will have to contend with many other talented women including her Crown Co-stars Helena Bonham Carter and Emerald Fennell. The rest of the nominees are Anjaneu Ellis. lovecraft country And maid’s tales‘ Madeline Brewer, Samira Wiley, Yvonne Strahovsky, and Ann Dowd.

According to TVInsider.com, Anderson is the clear favorite to win. So it’s likely that Anderson will take home her second Emmy, 24 years after her first win. Still, given Amy’s history, there may be some surprises.

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