Claire Foy publicly thanked Her Majesty as she picked up the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama at the Golden Globes on Sunday night. The British actress, who plays the Queen in Netflix drama The Crown, hailed the "extraordinary" monarch in her speech, saying: "She has been at the centre of the world for 63 years. I think the world could do with a few more women at the centre of it, if you ask me."
She added: "When you play a real life person, it's tricky. You rely very much on the people around you. So I'm going to dedicate this to all those people around me." The 32-year-old went on to praise her co-stars John Lithgow, who played Winston Churchill, and on-screen husband Matt Smith.
It was also big night for The Crown creator Peter Morganand director Stephen Baldry, as the period drama was named best television drama. The highly popular series faced stiff competition, beating Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, HBO's Westworld and drama This Is Us.
The Crown focuses on the early years of the Queen’s reign to her relationship with Prince Phillip. Reported to be the streaming website's biggest budget to date, Claire has done wonders taking on the responsibility to play the British monarch.
"To play a member of the royal family you have to forget everything that you know, and all these preconceived ideas that you have," the actress previously said. "I don’t think you can approach it as someone who has grown up with that family. It is a very odd thing trying to approach these human beings as you want to hold them on a pedestal and you can't do that when playing a character."