Claire Foy ‘dead excited' for Brit-packed Emmy Awards

The Crown star is up for her first Emmy as is Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown, who at 13 could become the youngest ever winner.

Claire Foy has said she is “dead excited” as she heads to the Emmys with a host of British stars up for awards on television’s biggest night.

The Crown star is up for one accolade as is Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown, who at 13 could become the youngest ever Emmy Award winner.

The pair go to the Los Angeles ceremony on Sunday as debutantes, as do The Night Of’s Riz Ahmed – who has two tips, and Westworld’s Thandie Newton.

The category of lead actor in a limited series is packed with Britons, with Ahmed joined by Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock: The Lying Detective and Fargo’s Ewan McGregor.

Foy is nominated for lead actress in a drama series for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, which has 13 nominations.

Ahead of the ceremony, she told the Press Association she was “dead excited”, adding: “It’s going to be great.”

Stranger Things’ Gaten Matarazzo said Brown is “excited” about the night and pointed out the rarity of her achievement.

“I’m so proud of her really. It really is very rare for a child to be up for an Emmy,” he said at the Bafta Los Angeles Tea Party on Saturday.

“It’s really exciting, it’s huge and I’m so proud of her.”

If Brown beats Newton and the rest of the talent in the supporting actress in a drama series category, she will become the youngest ever Emmy winner, edging out Roxana Zal who triumphed at 14 in 1984.

Michael K Williams, who played Omar Little in The Wire, said there is no doubt “phenomenal actor” and The Night Of co-star Ahmed deserves his nominations.

Sir Anthony Hopkins is up for his first Emmy in 27 years with nomination for lead actor in a drama series nomination for his role in Westworld.

The show co-leads the way with US comedy Saturday Night Live for nominations with 22 each.

Stranger Things, The Crown and Westworld are up for best drama series while Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror: San Junipero and Sherlock: The Lying Detective are up for best television movie.

Presenter Stephen Colbert will host the 69th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre.

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