It’s been a huge year for TV so what better time to launch our inaugural RadioTimes.com Reader Awards. You’ve been voting in your droves these past few weeks and picked a bumper crop of winners to celebrate the very best in television in 2016.
Click through the results below and see if your favorite won their title:
The Crown has been nominated for several categories of Screen Actors Guild Award! Unfortunately, Vanessa herself has only been nominated to one category, where many more were choosen: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
STERLING K. BROWN / Randall Pearson – “THIS IS US” (NBC)
PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister – “GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)
JOHN LITHGOW / Winston Churchill – “THE CROWN” (Netflix)
RAMI MALEK / Elliot Alderson – “MR. ROBOT” (USA Network)
KEVIN SPACEY / Frank Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
MILLIE BOBBY BROWN / Eleven – “STRANGER THINGS” (Netflix)
CLAIRE FOY / Queen Elizabeth II – “THE CROWN” (Netflix)
THANDIE NEWTON / Maeve Millay – “WESTWORLD” (HBO)
WINONA RYDER / Joyce Byers – “STRANGER THINGS” (Netflix)
ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
THE CROWN (Netflix)
CLAIRE FOY / Queen Elizabeth II
CLIVE FRANCIS / Lord Salisbury
HARRY HADDEN-PATON / Martin Charteris
VICTORIA HAMILTON / Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
DANIEL INGS / Mike Parker
BILLY JENKINS / Prince Charles
VANESSA KIRBY / Princess Margaret
JOHN LITHGOW / Winston Churchill
LIZZY McINNERNY / Bobo Macdonald
BEN MILES / Peter Townsend
JEREMY NORTHAM / Anthony Eden
NICHOLAS ROWE / Jock Colville
MATT SMITH / Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
PIP TORRENS / Tommy Lascelles
HARRIET WALTER / Clemmie Churchill
The 23rd annual SAG Awards will be held on January 29, 2017 on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m.
If Netflix’s The Crown piqued your interest in Princess Margaret, the tragic younger sibling of Queen Elizabeth, you are not alone. British actress Vanessa Kirby, who plays the vivacious, unlucky-in-love sister, is with you.
“I’ve even got a picture of her in my room, framed,” Kirby laughs of the real-life royal she is again embodying in The Crown’s second season, which is currently filming in London. “It’s so cringe, but I just fell in love with her.”
When preparing to film the first season, Kirby says she was careful to only read materials about the royal up to 1955—the year that Princess Margaret decided to split from Peter Townsend, the dashing, divorced war hero and longtime family friend, a painful breakup depicted in the Season 1 finale. The heartbreak was so brutal—many believed that Townsend was the great love of Margaret’s life—that it transformed the royal afterward.
“I really had to be vigilant about reading as much as I could, but only from the early Princess Margaret years,” explains Kirby. “The younger sister to an amazing woman, but one equally as radiant and effervescent who had all this potential, until her father died suddenly and everything changed . . . I watched loads of video archives that featured her during that time, looked through lots of different images, and listened to all her favorite music.”
Kirby even stumbled upon a real-life relic from Townsend while appearing onstage in a production of Uncle Vanya.
“I found a letter that Peter had written to [Margaret] while he was in Brussels,” explains Kirby, who says the letter came from a cast member whose father was in contact with the captain. “I think he worked for Peter at one point . . . But, oh my God, to hold it was amazing. [My co-star] made me a copy, I stuck it on my mirror, and I got really emotional when she showed me it. It was really special to look at it and see Peter’s handwriting.”