Sandra Oh’s turn on Killing Eve has made history, as she’s become the first Asian ever nominated for a Best Actress Emmy Award. On BBC series she portrays Eve Polastri, a frustrated spy working for MI5.
Oh has been previously nominated 5 times for best Supporting Actress for her role as Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy.
She told Vanity Fair that when she first read the script for the show, she had thought the team were asking her to audition for the receptionist role. On the importance of Asian representation in film and television, she also said: “I’ll continue doing everything I can to fill something that I know you need right now, that we don’t yet have as a community.”
Last year, Donald Glover became the first black director to win an Emmy for Atlanta, and Lena Waithe was the first black woman to win the award for Outstanding Comedy Writing.