These 2019 Emmy-Nominated Actors Are First-Time Nominees

Many actors come back time and time again to the Emmy Awards, winning maybe once or twice. But this year, there are plenty of first-time nominees contending in the Outstanding Lead and Supporting Actor categories for both drama and comedy. Here’s a look at those men being recognized for the first time at the 2019 Emmys.

Anthony Carrigan

Carrigan is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for playing gang leader NOHO Hank in the nominated series Barry. He has been a part of the series since Season 1, but was not nominated last year. You may also recognize him from his recurring role as Victor Zsasz in Gotham.

Stephen Root

Stephen Root attends the 70th Emmy Awards on September 17, 2018, in Los Angeles, California.
Stephen Root attends the 70th Emmy Awards on September 17, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Root is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for playing former hitman Monroe Funches in Barry. Like Carrigan, he has been a part of the main cast since Season 1, but is just now being nominated for Season 2.

Root has had a long and impressive career, appearing in prolific films and series such as Get Out, The Man in the High Castle, and much more. He has also done well in the voice acting space, voicing Bill Dauterive in King of the Hill for many years. But you probably know him best as Milton from Office Space.

Billy Porter

Porter is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as MC Pray Tell in Pose. (Though the series’ second season has now finished airing, due to the nominations cut off, only Season 1 is eligible for the 2019 Emmys.)

While you may not recognize him from TV, Porter is a talented Broadway performer, having won a Tony in 2013 for Kinky Boots. He has also appeared in series such as The Get Down and American Horror Story: Apocalypse.

Alfie Allen

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Allen has portrayed Theon Greyjoy in Game of Thrones since its inception, but this is his first year scoring a nomination for the beloved HBO series. He’s up for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for the final season of the show.

While this is by far his most well-established role, Allen has been quite a few films and other TV series throughout his career, such as action film John Wick. And this is a big year for him: He starred in two films that premiered at Toronto International Film Festival: How to Build a Girl and Jojo Rabbit. He also had a recurring role in Season 3 of Harlots, now on Hulu.

Chris Sullivan

Sullivan portrays Toby in the acclaimed NBC drama This Is Us. He has been a part of the series since Season 1, but now, with Season 3, has been nominated for the first time for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

The actor has had several very interesting roles throughout his decade-long career. You may recognize Sullivan for his main role in the period drama The Knick or the HBO comedy Camping. But what you probably don’t know is that he played the goofy villain Taserface in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.