Here's how the night developed as the 73rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards took place overnight at the Event Deck at LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles.

The big winners on the night were comedy series Ted Lasso and royal drama The Crown. There were also several wins for female and British stars, including Michaela Cole, Olivia Colman and Kate Winslet.

Comedian Cedric the Entertainer, on hosting duties for the evening, opened the show with an energetic curtain-raiser involving the star-studded audience helping with a musical tribute to the power of television.

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First up, Hannah Waddingham won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Ted Lasso.

The Ted Lasso crew on the red carpet at the Emmys

This proved to be the start of an amazing night for the show that has received a record number of nominations for a comedy.

And then Brett Goldstein followed to win Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in . . . Ted Lasso.

A delighted Waddingham, who plays Premier League club owner Rebecca Welton in the Apple TV+ series, tearfully exclaimed, "Jesus Christ on a bike" as she clutched her first-ever Emmy statuette.

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Goldstein won for his portrayal of cantankerous club captain Roy Kent. The 41-year-old said starring in the show had been "one of the greatest honours" of his life.

Julianne Nicholson then won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Mare Of Easttown. Her co-star Evan Peters followed suit by picking up the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie award for the same show.

Evan Peters and Julianne Nicholson

Netflix series The Crown earned its first Emmy of the night when Peter Morgan picked up the award for Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series.

He said: "I'm very proud, I’m very grateful, we’re going to party. Goodnight."

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Not to be outdone, The Crown's Jessica Hobbs followed with the Emmy for Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series.

Gillian Anderson made it a hat-trick for The Crown by winning the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series with her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher.

It was Anderson's first Emmy in 24 years - back when she played Dana Scully in The X-Files.

Gillian Anderson

Anderson was then followed by The Crown co-star Tobias Menzies, who picked up the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series. The 47-year-old could not be in attendance.

Before presenting the award, Kerry Washington paid tribute to The Wire actor Michael K Williams, who was a nominee for supporting actor and died aged 54 earlier this month.

Michael K Williams

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver then won the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Talk Series for the sixth consecutive year, which is no mean feat.

The show also picked up the Emmy for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series.

The long-running Saturday Night Live was a winner once again as it collected the award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.

The Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series award went to Hacks trio Lucia Aniello, Paul W Downs and Jen Statsky.

Things got even better for Aniello and HBO when she was announced as the winner of the Emmy for Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series, also for Hacks.

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The truly wonderful Jean Smart made it three wins for Hacks when she landed the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for her role as Deborah Vance.

"This is a dream part," she said. "It's got everything."

70-year-old Smart was given a standing ovation while taking to the stage and wiped away tears while paying tribute to her husband, the actor Richard Gilliland, who died in March.

In what was the most predictable win of the night, Jason Sudeikis takes home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series for his lead role in Ted Lasso.

It's his first Emmys win in this lead acting category.

Jason Sudeikis

Sudeikis said the comedy series is about family, mentors and teammates, adding he would not be on stage without them.

In another non-surprise, con-drag-ulations were in order as Ru Paul's Drag Race beat off all competition to land the Emmy for Outstanding Competition Program.

Drag icon Ru Paul has made a name for himself in the Emmys history books as the most-awarded Black artist ever for his work on the show, which has run for 13 seasons.

Next up was Scott Frank, who got to walk away with the Emmy for Outstanding Directing For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie for The Queen's Gambit.

There was another British win as Michaela Cole collected the Emmy for Outstanding Writing For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie for her groundbreaking show I May Destroy You.

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"Write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that makes you feel uncomfortable. I dare you," she said in her acceptance speech.

Coel also used her acceptance speech to send a message to her fellow writers, telling colleagues, "visibility these days seems to somehow equate to success, do not be afraid to disappear, from it, from us, for a while and see what comes to you in the silence".

British star Coel dedicated the series to "every single survivor of sexual assault".

I May Destroy You, a drama which explores consent, was inspired by Coel's own experiences of being assaulted.

And in yet another British win on the night, Kate Winslet earned her second career Emmy, this time for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie for her lead role in Mare of Easttown.

Winslet thanked her fellow Emmys nominees "in this decade that has to be about women having each other's backs," she said. "I salute you. I support you. I’m proud of you."

She thanked Brad Ingelsby, Mare Of Easttown's creator, for writing a lead character who is a "middle-aged, imperfect, flawed mother", adding "you made us all feel validated".

Also adding to the UK celebratory mood at the Emmys, the Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie award went to Scotland's own Ewan McGregor for Halston.

The British Invasion continued as - to pretty much no one's surprise - Olivia Colman landed the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for her majestic performances in The Crown.

Olivia Colman and Josh O'Connor in The Crown

The tearful star said she wished her father, who died during the pandemic, could have been there to see her victory.

Colman was then followed by her The Crown co-star Josh O'Connor, who captured his first-ever Emmy award, for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series.

O'Connor won critical acclaim for his portrayal of the Prince of Wales and took home the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series.

He paid tribute to co-star Emma Corrin, who lost to Olivia Colman for the Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series award, describing her as a "force of nature".

Emma Corrin in The Crown

The USA finally broke the Brits' run of dominance when Stephen Colbert's Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020 collected the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special (Live).

The hugely popular musical Hamilton was next in line for an Emmy as it got the nod in the category Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded).

True to form on the night, Ted Lasso picked up another Emmy in the shape of Outstanding Comedy Series.

Equally predictable, The Crown 'crowned' a great night for the royal drama by picking up the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.

As expected, Ted Lasso and The Crown were the big winners at this year's Emmys.

But the final award of the night, Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series, went to Netflix's chess drama The Queen’s Gambit.