Steve Carell and These Other Popular Stars Have Never Won an Emmy

Even though shows including Friends, The Office, and Sex in the City are considered some of the most popular sitcoms of the 2000s, surprisingly some of the stars of these shows never won a Primetime Emmy for their exceptional work.

Here are ten actors and actresses who have starred in well-loved shows but never received an Emmy.

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Courtney Cox

Despite the incredible success of Friends, Courtney Cox has only won a 1995 People’s Choice Award for her performance as Monica Geller, and a 1996 Screen Guild Actors Award with her cast for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

She has never received a Primetime Emmy nomination but castmate Jennifer Aniston won the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Award a couple of times and other Friends co-star, Lisa Kudrow, received nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress.

Kim Cattrall

From 2000 until 2004, Cattrall received five Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her moving portrayal of Samantha Jones on Sex and the City. The award ended up going to the women on The West Wing twice in a row, and then Tyne Daly (Judging Amy), before Drea de Matteo took it back home for The West Wing.

Michael C. Hall

Even though he’s nabbed a total of 13 awards so far, Hall has never received a Primetime Emmy despite seven nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work as David Fisher on Six Feet Under and Dexter Morgan on Dexter.

Michael Chiklis took home the award in 2002, and from 2008 until 2010, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) swept the category. Then, the lead actors from Friday Night Lights and Homeland won the coveted honor over Hall.

Chris Noth

Despite his unforgettable performance as Mr. Big on Sex and the City,  the actor has never received a Primetime Emmy nomination and has yet to win any award. Additionally, he has a total of eleven various nominations for his work in Sex and the City, The Good Wife, and Law & Order.

Hugh Laurie

From 2005 until 2011, Laurie received Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series nominations for House on an almost consistent basis, before also picking up nominations in 2016 and 2017 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie (The Night Manager) and Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (Veep). Despite the eight Emmy snubs, Laurie has a total of 21 wins.

Steve Carell

Even though he received nine Emmy nominations from 2006 until 2011 for his unforgettable performance as Michael Scott on NBC’s The Office, Carell never won.

He lost Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2006 to Tony Shalhoub for his outstanding performance on Monk, 2007 to Ricky Gervais in Extras, 2008 and 2009 to Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock, and in 2010 and 2011 to Jim Parsons in Big Bang Theory.

Carell’s cult classic show also only won one Primetime Emmy in 2006 for Outstanding Comedy Series, lost to 30 Rock for the next few years, and then Modern Family took the award home in 2010 and 2011.

Tracy Morgan

In 2009 and 2016, the inspirational actor received two Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (30 Rock) and Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (Saturday Night Live) for his episode starring singer Demi Lovato.

Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Man) won the award in 2009, and Peter Scolari (Girls) took home the Emmy in 2016.

Mayim Bialik

The Television Academy nominated Bialik in 2012 through 2015, a total of four times, for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS sitcom, Big Bang Theory. Maggie Smith (Downtown Abbey) took the 2012 Emmy home, followed twice by Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), and then Uzo Aduba for Orange Is the New Black.

Jerry Seinfield

While Seinfield technically won one 1993 Primetime Emmy with his cast for Outstanding Comedy Series, he never won any out of the five nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Surprisingly, the actor and “the show about nothing” didn’t win many awards for how wildly popular it was at the time.

Kerry Washington

After she received two Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy nominations for her breakthrough performance as Olivia Pope on Scandal, Washington repeated her success on Confirmation, to which she was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie.

Claire Danes (Homeland) took home the award in 2013, followed by Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife). In 2016, she lost the Emmy to Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black). However, Washington has a hugely successful acting career totaling 19 wins and 56 nominations.

Will any of these actors or actresses finally win the coveted award? Watch the Primetime Emmy Awards Ceremony Sunday, September 22 at 8 p.m. EST on FOX to find out.