Olivia Colman breaks down in tears at Emmys 2021 as she reveals her dad died during Covid pandemic in emotional speech

OLIVIA Colman broke down in tears at the Emmys 2021 as she revealed her dad Keith died during the Covid pandemic.

She got emotional while accepting the gong for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown.

The British star, 47, said: "I’d have put money on that not happening! I don’t know what to say, thank you very much, this is amazing.

"And what an extraordinary end to this lovely family. I loved every second of it and I can’t wait to see what happens next."

Olivia then got choked up, adding: "I’m going to be very quick as I’m very teary.

"I wish my dad was here to see this. I lost my daddy during Covid, and he would have loved all of this."


She had not previously announced that Keith has died. It is unclear if he passed away from coronavirus.

Earlier this year, Olivia had described Keith – who was thought to be in his 80s – as "relatively frail" and said it was "upsetting" to see him in that condition.

"He's a lovely man. He's getting on of course," she told The Mail's Weekend magazine in January while promoting her movie The Father.

"He's relatively frail compared to the young man I remember, and that's upsetting. But he's a very nice daddy."

At the Emmys, The Favourite actress concluded her speech by giving a shout-out to actress Michaela Coel, who dedicated her win for I May Destroy You to sexual assault survivors.

"Michaela Coel, f**k yeah!" Olivia said.


Olivia beat out fellow nominees Jurnee Smollett (Lovecraft Country), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale), Emma Corrin (The Crown), Uzo Aduba (In Treatment) and Mj Rodriguez (Pose) to take home the trophy.

She took over from Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in seasons three and four of the hit Netflix series The Crown.

Claire had also won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series for portraying a younger Queen Elizabeth II in a flashback in the series. 

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