Amazon’s ‘Fleabag’ Sweeps Comedy Series Writing, Directing Categories

Diane Haithman

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In accepting her Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series on Sunday, Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge was both humble – “I’m really shaking, oh my God, look at her!” she said directly to her Emmy statuette – and as irreverent as is befitting for her character, the sexually impulsive Fleabag.

Starting off humble she thanked cast, crew and writers, as well as offering a shout out to director Harry Bradbeer, just before Bradbeer stepped up to take the award for Outstanding Directing for a comedy series.

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“This one’s for you,” Bradbeer lauded Waller-Bridge when his turn onstage arrived.

Turning cheeky, Waller-Bridge said of her golden Emmy: “The reason that we do it is this.” And, she added before leaving the stage, “It’s just really wonderful to know, and reassuring, that a dirty, pervy, angry, messed up woman can make it to the Emmys.”

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