Welsh actor Matthew Rhys on Monday took home the Emmy for best actor in a drama series for his role in FX’s Cold War spy thriller “The Americans” — a big win for the critically acclaimed show in its final season.
Some industry pundits have called it the “Jon Hamm factor,” as both actors won their lone Emmys for defining roles in their final year of eligibility.
The 43-year-old Rhys starred for six seasons as Philip Jennings, part of a husband-wife team of Soviet sleeper agents posing as Americans — and living next door to an FBI agent.
His now real-life partner, Keri Russell, plays his wife Elizabeth on the show. She too was nominated for an Emmy, and he joked about what the job had brought them.
Until Monday’s gala, “The Americans” had only won two Emmys — both for guest actress Margo Martindale, who plays the spy couple’s handler, Claudia.
But now they have four, as Weisberg and Joel Fields also won a statuette for outstanding drama writing.
He first came to the attention of US viewers when he starred alongside Sally Field in ABC’s family drama “Brothers and Sisters.”
here are winners in Programs with seven or more wins for the 70th Emmy Awards, which were handed out in Los Angeles:
“Game of Thrones” – 9
“Saturday Night Live” – 8
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – 8
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” – 7