Egyptian-American Rami Malek wins Emmy Award

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Rami Malek has become the first minority actor in 18 years to win the Emmy Award for best leading actor in a drama series.

The star, who is of Egyptian heritage, won the prize for his role in the USA Network drama Mr Robot.

He said he hoped his win would open the door for more ethnic minority actors.

“For me to stand here as not the typical leading man and to have come home with this speaks a lot about where we’re headed,” he said.

“I think we can keep going a lot further in that direction, not just in entertainment, but socially and politically, and strive to be as progressive as possible.”

Malek held off competition from actors including bookmakers’ favourite Kevin Spacey, who was nominated for House of Cards, The Americans’ Matthew Rhys and Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk.

The last non-white winner to win the trophy was Andre Braugher for Homicide: Life on the Street in 1998.

Since then, the winners have included James Gandolfini for The Sopranos, Damian Lewis for Homeland, The Shield’s Michael Chiklis, Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom and Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston.

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