‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Actor Bradley Whitford Has Made Emmys History

There are many records to be set when it comes to award shows. The 2019 Primetime Emmys haven’t even begun yet, but already, the Creative Arts ceremony has brought us at least one new victory to celebrate. Actor Bradley Whitford has won for guest-starring in The Handmaid’s Tale. So what did he achieve, and what other awards has he won? Let’s find out.

How did Bradley Whitford become famous?

Many know Whitford for his starring turn in the long-running NBC drama The West Wing. The actor portrayed Josh Lyman in the series from 1999-2006. Whitford went on to star in short-lived shows such as comedy series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, The Good Guys, and Trophy Wife.

In addition to his TV work, Whitford has also down well on the big screen. He has starred in films such as The Cabin in the Woods, Get Out, and The Post. Whitford currently has multiple films on the way, including war drama The Last Full Measure and a live-action adaptation of Call of the Wild.

He guest-starred in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 3

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After Happyish came to an end in 2015, Whitford limited his TV projects to short commitments. He appeared in episodes of popular sitcoms such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Mom. Additionally, he took on a role in the highly regarded Hulu drama The Handmaid’s Tale.

In the dystopian series based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, Whitford portrays Commander Joseph Lawrence. At first, he appears to be an ally for the June and the Handmaids, but he begins to show another side to himself throughout Season 3.

Whitford won at the 2019 Emmys

Bradley Whitford at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 15, 2019, in Los Angeles, California.
Bradley Whitford at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 15, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. | Amy Sussman/Getty Images

For his role in Season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale, Whitford won Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. The actor effortlessly cracked a joke while accepting the award, saying, “Award shows are not arenas of justice. We know that because the Hot Priest did not get nominated,” referring to the Fleabag Season 2 character played by Andrew Scott.

Whitford continued more seriously. “I want to thank Margaret Atwood for giving us perspective in this disorienting moment as we are inundated and undermined by a misogynistic, radical, right-wing ideology. Despair is not an option. Our children can’t afford it. Action is the antidote to despair. Our future is an act of our creation.”

What other awards has Whitford won?

When Whitford took home his Emmy tonight, he was making history. He’s the first actor to have won in the Guest Actor category for both comedy and drama. The former he obtained for his arc in Transparent Season 1.

This year’s Emmy nomination was Whitford’s third. He was nominated again for Transparent in 2016 but lost. Whitford was also nominated three years in a row for his role in The West Wing, winning the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Emmy in 2001.

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