The 2019 Emmys were delightfully British

The cast of 'Fleabag' at the 2019 Emmys.
Sian Clifford, left, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Andrew Scott of Amazon’s “Fleabag” led a British invasion at the 71st Primetime Emmys.
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge hit the Emmys 2019 stage four times Sunday night: Once as a presenter and three as a winner.

After nabbing an early win for writing for a comedy series for her work on “Fleabag,” Waller-Bridge seemed increasingly (and delightfully) surprised at each subsequent win. The British multi-hyphenate also won for lead actress in a comedy — in a shocking upset over “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus — before “Fleabag” took home the award for comedy series.

But Waller-Bridge was just one of numerous British winners at the 71st Emmy Awards.

“Fleabag’s” Harry Bradbeer earned the show a fourth Emmy, for directing in a comedy series, adding to Amazon Prime’s impressive tally for the evening. The streamer’s haul also included supporting actor in a limited series or movie winner Ben Whishaw (for “A Very English Scandal”).

“Killing Eve” actress Jodie Comer won for lead actress in a drama series. When accepting the award, she admitted her parents were back home because she “didn’t think it was going to be my time.” Other Brits honored Sunday night included “Succession” writer Jesse Armstrong and his HBO compatriot John Oliver, whose late-night show “Last Week Tonight” earned prizes for variety talk series and writing.


And while the Brits who famously lent their accents to “Chernobyl” — set in Soviet-era Ukraine — didn’t nab any awards, the show did win for writing, directing and limited series.

Even “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’s” win for TV movie was part of the British invasion.