Vanessa Kirby Just Made BAFTA History

Vanessa Kirby

by Rebecca Cope |

Vanessa Kirby has helped Netflix make BAFTA history by becoming the first winner for the digital service.

The actress, who played the young Princess Margaret in the first two series of the site's hit show The Crown, took home the best supporting actress award at last night's TV BAFTAs. The show, which cost a reported £100 million to make, had previously been nominated for five awards but took home none, leading to accusations of a snub.

The actress paid tribute to the fiery royal during her acceptance speech, saying: ‘I just felt like the luckiest person in the world to play someone so colourful and vivid and brave and strong. So this is for Margaret, wherever she is.’ She also thanked her on-screen sister, Claire Foy who played the Queen, declaring her ‘the best sister I could have – apart from my real one!’

The Crown charts the ups and downs of the lives of the royal family from Queen Elizabeth’s coronation onwards, with key events shown so far including her coronation, Prince Phillip’s struggle with his role as royal husband, Princess Margaret’s doomed romance with Group Captain Peter Townsend and subsequent marriage to Lord Snowdon and Prince Charles’ unhappy childhood.

The next series of the show will see the timeline jump ahead, with Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham-Carter cast to play the Queen and Princess Margaret respectively.

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