Zendaya Makes History As She Becomes Youngest Lead Drama Actress To Win Emmy Awards

Zendaya came over all emotional as she made history at the Emmy Awards 2020 on Sunday night.

Zendaya at the Emmys, which was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel

The annual awards took place virtual due to coronavirus, with Jimmy Kimmel hosting from Los Angeles, and many of the night’s big winners accepting their awards from the comfort of their own homes.

Fans saw the likes of Schitt’s Creek sweep the board as it won seven awards in the comedy categories, while Mark Ruffalo took home the prize for Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie and Zendaya picking up Lead Actress for her role in Euphoria.

This year saw Zendaya nominated for her first ever Emmy Award and she beat off competition from the likes of Olivia Colman, Jennifer Aniston and Jodi Comer to land the accolade.

Zendaya, who plays Rue Bennett in Euphoria, was all dressed up as she accepted her prize from home, surrounded by very excited friends and family. Her win saw her become the youngest ever actress to win the Lead Actress in a Drama Series award and Zendaya was seen tearing up as she gave her acceptance speech.

She said: ‘I’m really, really nervous… I just want to say thank you to the TV Academy, to all the other incredible women in this category, I admire you all so much, this is pretty crazy. I don’t really cry!

‘To the incredible cast and crew of Euphoria, I’m so lucky to go to work with you every day and I’m inspired by everything you do. And to Sam Levinson, I appreciate you so much and you’re my family, I’m so grateful for Rue, I’m so grateful that you trusted me with your story, and I hope I can continue to do you proud.’

Zendaya then reached out to fans as she continued: ‘I know that this feels like a really weird time to be celebrating, but I just want to say that there is hope in the young people out there.

‘I know that our TV show doesn’t always feel like a great example of that, but there is hope in the young people, and I just want to say to all my peers out there doing the work in the streets. I see you, I admire you, I thank you.’

Elsewhere on the night, Jeremy Strong took home the Emmy for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role in Succession. He was nominated alongside the likes of Billy Porter, Steve Carrell and Sterling K. Brown.

Succession picked up the trophy for Outstanding Drama Series, while Watchmen was awarded Outstanding Limited Series.

Watchmen also saw its star Regina King win Lead Actress in a Limited Series for her role in the show as Angela Abar.

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