Emma Corrin pays emotional tribute to Princess Diana after winning Golden Globe award

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Emma Corrin, 25, took home her first Golden Globe award on Sunday evening, winning an accolade for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama for her role playing Princess Diana in Netflix’s hit period drama. And after she got over her initial excitement, she paid a loving tribute to the real life late princess, thanking her for teaching her “compassion and empathy”.

You’ve taught me compassion and empathy beyond any measure I could ever mention

Emma Corrin

She said of Diana, who died in a Paris car crash in 1997: “Thank you most of all so much to Diana, you’ve taught me compassion and empathy beyond any measure I could ever mention.

“On behalf of everyone who remembers you so wonderfully and passionately in our hearts, thank you.”

Also included in her gushing acceptance speech was her co-star Josh O’Connor, who portrayed Prince Charles, and who she described as her “prince charming”.

“Thank you, thank you so much for this incredible honour. Thank you so much to everyone at Leftbank Pictures, thank you Suzanne and Rob and Peter and everyone for believing in me,” she began.

“Thank you to my incredible cast and crew for being by my side, thank you to my prince charming Josh, I could not have done this without you, thank you for making every day a complete joy.

“Thank you so much to my incredible team as well, I don’t know where I’d be without you. Maya, it’s an honour and privilege to call you my agent and one of my best friends.”

Fans were over the moon for Emma, who beat last year’s winner and her co-star Olivia Colman, who won for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth, making this the third time an actress from The Crown has taken home the award, after Claire Foy, who played the monarch in her younger years, previously took home the honour years before.

Elsewhere, Josh aired his disappointment ahead of the show that the cast wouldn’t be able to celebrate together as the national lockdown in Britain continues.

Having to join the ceremony via video link alone, he took to Instagram to send a touching message to his fellow pals who were also up for awards.

Amidst the amusing videos posted to his story, he wrote: “Wish we could all be together tonight,” followed by a heart emoji.

Josh himself, won Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama, for his portrayal of the Prince Of Wales.

“That’s quite a surprise,” he said of his win.

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Quite like Emma, he thanked the cast and crew and said he had the “time of my life” working on the show.

“To our incredible cast, every day working with you was a masterclass,” he beamed.

And addressing his co-star and fellow winner Emma, he said: “You’re extraordinarily talented, funny and a brilliant player of rock, paper, scissors. I love you to bits.”

Gillian Anderson, who played Margaret Thatcher in the fourth series, won after she was nominated for Best Actress in a Television Supporting Role.

She thanked the series creator Peter Morgan, who is her former partner, twice in her speech, both for “imagining I could inhabit Mrs T” and for “writing an exquisitely multi-dimensional character”.

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