How Many 2019 Emmy-Nominated Actresses Are Being Recognized For the First Time?

Of the women attending the Emmy Awards in 2019 as nominees, many have been there before. Some are newer additions, like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel‘s Rachel Brosnahan, while others have been around for many years, like Julia Louis-Dreyfuss of Veep. But let’s take a look at the actresses who are up for their first Emmys this year.

Sarah Goldberg

Sarah Goldberg at the Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17, 2018
Sarah Goldberg at the Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17, 2018. | Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Goldberg is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for playing Sally Reed, actress and love interest to the titular hitman in Barry. She, too, has been part of the main cast since the series began in 2018. Goldberg has made a career for herself on the stage as well as in TV and films. You may recognize her from the short-lived VH1 dramedy Hindsight.

Sian Clifford

Clifford starred as Claire in both seasons of the BBC/Amazon hit Fleabag, and is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Season 2. The actress is a relatively new face on the scene, with Fleabag marking her first main cast role. She also starred in the miniseries Vanity Fair.

Marin Hinkle

Hinkle is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. She has appeared in the series since its inception but is nominated for her larger role in Season 2. Hinkle has been acting regularly since the ’90s, but you may know her best as Judith, Alan’s ex-wife and mother to Jake in Two and a Half Men.

Jodie Comer

Comer is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for portraying psychopathic assassin Villanelle in Killing Eve Season 2. The UK actress has appeared in many popular series across the pond, including the dramedy My Mad Fat Diary and the highly regarded miniseries Thirteen.

Mandy Moore

Yes, Mandy Moore has been acting for much of her entertainment career. But she hasn’t exactly been a staple on the small screen until recently when she began portraying Rebecca Pearson in This Is Us. And, it seems as though it shouldn’t have taken until the third season for her to be nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Sophie Turner

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Speaking of actresses who deserved this nomination years ago, how about Sophie Turner? She’s portrayed Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones since the series premiered in 2011, meaning she was a teenager when it started. Yet it took until the very last season for her to get a nod for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Regardless, Turner hasn’t let this hurt her career: You may also know her as Jean Grey in the X-Men franchise.

Gwendoline Christie

Like her Game of Thrones co-star, Christie hasn’t been acknowledged until the very last minute for her role as Brienne of Tarth in Games of Thrones. Now, she’s up against Turner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Christie has also dipped her toes in another major franchise, playing Captain Phasma in the last two Star Wars films.

Fiona Shaw

It’s Fiona Shaw’s first time being an Emmy nominee, and she’s up for not one, but two acting awards: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Killing Eve and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Fleabag. While it may seem like 2019 is her year, she’s had plenty of other big roles in the past, including playing Aunt Petunia in the Harry Potter films.

Julia Garner

Garner is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for portraying Ruth Langmore in Ozark. She is nominated for Season 2 of the series, despite being a part of it since Season 1. You may recognize Garner from her roles in films such as Martha Marcy May Marlene and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For as well as series like The Americans and Dirty John.

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