Royal drama The Crown and football sitcom Ted Lasso were the big winners at this year's Emmy Awards.

The showbiz bash that celebrates US TV returned to downtown Los Angeles for a glitzy, in-person event, 12 months after last year's pandemic-hit, remote ceremony.

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And The Crown finally won the top drama prize on a night to remember for British talent.

Netflix's lavishly produced royal show won outstanding drama series at the fourth time of asking, while four of its stars also heard their names called.

Ted Lasso's Jason Sudeikis

Olivia Colman delivered another memorable awards show acceptance speech, breaking down in tears over her late father after winning the lead drama actress prize for her final season playing the Queen.

Accepting her prize, Colman, who will be replaced as the Queen in the forthcoming fifth season by Imelda Staunton, said: "What a lovely end to the most extraordinary journey with this lovely family. I loved every second of it and I can't wait to see what happens next."

Colman, speaking from an event in London surrounded by many of her The Crown co-stars and its creative team, then paid tribute to her late father.

"I wish my dad was here to see this," the Oscar-winner said. "I lost my daddy during Covid and he would have loved all of this."

The Crown star Gillian Anderson

Josh O'Connor won the outstanding drama actor award for his portrayal of the Prince of Wales.

O'Connor, 31, paid tribute to Emma Corrin, describing the actress as a "force of nature" for her turn as Diana, Princess of Wales.

Josh O'Connor

25-year-old Corrin was nominated alongside Colman, 47.

The Crown’s supporting stars also boasted winners, with Gillian Anderson and Tobias Menzies being recognised for playing Margaret Thatcher and the Duke of Edinburgh, respectively.

As well as the top drama prize of the night, The Crown also won for its writing and directing.

Ted Lasso winners Brett Goldstein and Hannah Waddingham

Feelgood football comedy Ted Lasso also scored big at the Emmy Awards, with star Jason Sudeikis among the winners.

The show is directed by Dublin-born director Declan Lowney, who previously directed Father Ted and Little Britain, and he was nominated for Outstanding Director at this year's ceremony.

The Apple TV+ show about a folksy American football coach parachuted in to manage a struggling English Premier League club, was recognised for its acclaimed first season.

In one of the night's least surprising moments, Sudeikis won outstanding lead actor in a comedy series.

Sudeikis said Ted Lasso is about family, mentors and teammates, adding he would not be on stage without them.

The 46-year-old also paid tribute to his two children with former partner Olivia Wilde.

His win followed an early double for the show's British supporting stars.

Kate Winslet was a winner for Mare of Eastown

The first award of the night - outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series - went to a delighted Hannah Waddingham for playing Premier League club owner Rebecca Welton.

The 47-year-old was overjoyed upon taking to the stage and tearfully exclaimed, "Jesus Christ on a bike" as she clutched her first-ever Emmy statuette.

She paid tribute to Ted Lasso co-star and fellow nominee Juno Temple, saying she wished she could share the prize with her.

Waddingham thanked her parents - who she said she almost lost during filming - before ending with a plea to put more West End performers on stage.

The Ted Lasso crew on the red carpet

Brett Goldstein won outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series 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.

Ted Lasso did not have the comedy categories all to itself, as HBO's Hacks picked up three awards, with veteran star Jean Smart winning outstanding lead actress in a comedy series.

The 70-year-old was recognised for playing a revered Las Vegas comedian.

Hacks star Jean Smart

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.

Hacks also won for its writing and directing.

Kate Winslet triumphed in one of the most competitive categories - outstanding lead actress in a limited or anthology series or movie.

The decorated star was recognised for playing a vape-smoking, small-town detective in Mare Of Easttown, one of the year's most talked-about dramas.

Accepting her prize, Winslet said the decade must be about "women having each other's backs".

Evan Peters and Julianne Nicholson

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".

Winslet paid tribute to her three children and her husband Ned, "who I get to hold hands with for the rest of my life, yes! I am the winner!"

The supporting stars of Mare Of Easttown - the gritty murder drama set in forgotten, small-town America - won awards in the limited series category.

Julianne Nicholson was named outstanding supporting actress while Evan Peters won outstanding supporting actor. They both thanked co-star Kate Winslet.

Click here for the full list of winners.