Rami Malek

Rami Malek

Rami Malek picked up his first ever Emmy Award on Sunday (18.09.16).

The 35-year-old actor was so overwhelmed with his Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama for his performance in 'Mr. Robot', and cried all over the host Jimmy Kimmel.

Speaking to reporters backstage, the star said: "The emotion just poured out of me. I was hugging Jimmy Kimmel and crying at the same time. I was trying to not get anything on his suit. I truly was waiting to hear someone else's name. When I heard my name, I said, 'Do not move. Because it wasn't you.' And faces started to turn toward me. I must have looked like I was in shock."

Winning the prestigious accolade was more than just a trophy for Rami, it was also a sign of a positive step towards a more diverse awards ceremony.

He said: "For me to stand here as not the typical leading man and coming home with this speaks a lot about where we are headed. And we can go further in that direction, not just in entertainment, but socially and politically, to strive to be as progressive as possible."

And Rami - who won his award for his portrayal of the socially awkward and reclusive Elliot Anderson in the hit series - also made sure to honour outcasts everywhere when he accepted his award, saying there was "a little bit of Elliot in all of us".

He said: "I play a young man who is, like so many of us, profoundly alienated. And the unfortunate thing is I'm not sure how many of us would want to hang out with a guy like Elliot. But I want to honour the Elliots, cause there's a little bit of Elliot in all of us."

Rami faced some stiff competition from Kevin Spacey [House of Cards'] 'Bloodline' star Kyle Chandler, Bob Odenkirk, Matthew Rhys and Liev Schreiber.