Matthew Macfadyen Wins Emmy for Best Supporting Actor (Again)

When you’re hot, you’re hot, and Matthew Macfadyen — as himself and in character — is on fire.

The “Succession” star took home his second Emmy Award Monday night, winning the category for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama series. Macfadyen has been nominated for an Emmy three times for his portrayal of Tom Wambsgans on the HBO drama. He first won in 2022, and in the past eight days, he’s won a second Emmy, earned a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, and taken home the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor.

As fans of “Succession” already know (and spoiler alert for those who don’t), his character also ended up as the CEO of Waystar Royco — out-maneuvering his wife, Shiv (Sarah Snook), her brothers Roman (Kieran Culkin) and Kendall (Jeremy Strong), as well as the many other aspiring kings new boss Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård) was considering. While it would be easy to argue that no one won “Succession,” if someone had to be considered a winner, it would be Tom.

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In a category split between two HBO series, Macfadyen toppled his impressive competition. His co-stars Nicholas Braun, Alan Ruck, and Alexander Skarsgård have all been widely hailed for their work; Braun has been nominated three times for “Succession,” Ruck is a beloved veteran who just this year earned his first nomination, and Skarsgård is a former winner (for “Big Little Lies”) who sunk his teeth into a meaty role. Any one of them could’ve proven a worthy winner, and the same could be said for the four nominees from “The White Lotus”: F. Murray Abraham (four nominations), Michael Imperioli (six nominations, one win), Theo James, and Will Sharpe (both first-time nominees).

Macfadyen will next be seen alongside Nicole Kidman and Rachel Sennott in Mimi Cave’s feature film, “Holland, Michigan,” as well as this summer’s minor Disney movie, “Deadpool 3,” starring one of the title characters from “Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place” and the world’s Greatest Showman.

The 75th Primetime Emmy Awards were held Monday, January 15 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. The ceremony, which usually takes place in September, was delayed to accommodate the WGA and SAG strikes. That’s why the nominees do not include any shows released after the May 31, 2023 filing deadline, including “The Curse,” “Fargo,” and other fall and winter premieres. The 76th Emmy Awards telecast is expected to run on the traditional schedule.


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