Tatiana Maslany

Tatiana Maslany

Tatiana Maslany was surprised she picked up the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy.

The 30-year-old actress was awarded the coveted accolade for her role in 'Orphan Black' - in which she plays multiple clones, each with their own distinct identity - and hadn't planned a speech because she didn't think she'd win.

Clutching her phone in one hand and the award in the other, she said: "I should have had this written down.

"There are so many people I feel so indebted to."

She went on to thank the show's creators for her "dream job", before paying tribute to the "incredible writers' room, beautiful cast and crew."

She added: "I feel so lucky to be on a show that puts women at the centre. Thank you so much to the Academy. Thank you."

And her lack of preparation for the speech was also interrupted by her cell phone, which was sounding off non-step with messages from her friends and loved ones, who were texting her to congratulate her on the win.

Speaking backstage, she said: "My phone kept going off accidentally. It was on Notes, but then they were all dinging because my friends are texting me."

Tatiana beat off competition from Viola Davis ('How to Get Away With Murder'), Taraji P. Henson ('Empire'), Robin Wright ('House of Cards'), Claire Danes ('Homeland'), and Keri Russell ('The Americans') and was stunned to scoop the crown when faced with such stiff competition.

She said: "I didn't expect it at all. It's such an honour. The category I'm in is all these woman I've looked up to so long and whose work I so admire. ... I haven't quite breathed yet since I got off the stage. Hopefully at some point it'll sink in."

Elsewhere at the ceremony, which was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, late stars Alan Rickman and Gene Wilder and others who have died in the past year were remembered.

The 'In Memoriam' segment paid tribute to the many stars who have passed away in the past 12 months, including the 'Harry Potter' actor, the 'Stir Crazy' star and 'Star Trek' actor Anton Yelchin.

Henry Winkler, 70, introduced the heartfelt tribute by honouring director and 'Happy Days' creator Garry Marshall - who died at the age of 81 in July - before the slideshow of names was beamed onto a big screen.

Winkler - who played The Fonz in the popular American sitcom 'Happy Days' - said: "He was alive, he was a generosity of spirit and knowledge. I should know - he gave me my career. And I will tell you that anybody who was lucky enough to meet him, he changed their life. On behalf of all of us, Gary, thank you for inviting us into your schoolyard."

The star introduced the list of incredible names by saying that their "accomplishments and contributions will never be forgotten."

Other stars who were honored in the slideshow included Patty Duke, Alan Young, Anton Yelchin, Doris Roberts, Dan Haggerty, Garry Shandling, Prince and David Bowie.

Meanwhile, Leslie Jones "geeked out" when she met Emilia Clarke at the star-studded ceremony.

The 'Ghostbusters' actress is a huge 'Game of Thrones' fan so was very excited to pose for a selfie with the British beauty, who plays Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO fantasy drama series.

She shared the photo and tweeted: "Wait...OUEEN OF DRAGONS YALL!! And literally one of the nicest people I ever met. She didn't care I was geeking out (sic)"


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