TV host Stephen Colbert presented Anderson with the award, and the Sex Education actress thanked The Crown‘s creator, her ex-husband Peter Morgan, for her role in the show.
Anderson, however, dedicated the award to her manager of 20 years, Connie Freiberg, saying she, “believed I had talent when I didn’t even think I had talent.” Watch above.
Twitter, however, while it was quick to congratulate Anderson for her victory, also expressed its confusion as to Anderson’s voice.
“Gillian Anderson’s deserved the Emmy for her British accent alone. Baffles me that she is American,” one Twitter user wrote.
Although Anderson is no stranger to vocally jumping across the pond for a role, she was actually born in Chicago — a fact that stumped those watching the Golden Globes earlier this year, a large part of which thought she was from the United Kingdom.
Anderson, who is from the United States, grew up in Puerto Rico and London, before returning stateside.
Although The X Files — an American series — made her a star, she has had plenty of roles in British productions including Netflix’s dramedy Sex Education, BBC’s Bleak House adaptation and the crime drama The Fall, which was set in Northern Ireland — not to mention The Crown.
Anderson lives in London, and has done so for years, and is not shy about her ability to switch between accents easily.
In 2009, she told The Telegraph that “even on the phone my accent will change.”
“Part of me wishes I could control it, but I can’t,” she said. “I just slip into one or the other. When I moved to the States I tried hard to cling on to my British accent because it made me different.”
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