Meghan Markle has played paralegal Rachel Zane for six seasons on “Suits,” appearing in all 92 episodes. And in the past year she has become one of the most famous actresses on the planet, but not for her on-screen appearances. She has been dating the most eligible bachelor in the world, Prince Harry of Wales. Rumors are flying that a proposal is imminent, meaning she might leave acting behind to become a princess.
But Markle would not be the first American princess.
Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956, a year after winning the Oscar for Best Actress (“The Country Girl”). Becoming a princess might mean Markle would have to quit acting. While she hasn’t had as storied a career as Kelly, TV academy voters might want to give her a proper send off. Do you think Markle’s much-higher profile as of late will win her an Emmy? Vote in our poll below.
While “Suits” has been a big hit on the USA network for six seasons, it has never scored an Emmy nomination. The biggest recognition the series has received to date was a SAG Award bid for Best Drama Actor (Patrick J. Adams) in 2012 for the acclaimed first season.
USA as a whole doesn’t have a long track record of winning acting Emmys. Only six actors from the network have prevailed: Tony Shaloub for “Monk” (Best Comedy Actor, 2003, 2005-2006), John Turturro for “Monk” (Best Comedy Guest Actor, 2004), Stanley Tucci for “Monk” (Best Comedy Guest Actor, 2007), Judy Davis for “The Starter Wife” (Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress, 2007), Ellen Burstyn for “Political Animals” (Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress, 2013) and most recently Rami Malek for “Mr. Robot” (Best Drama Actor, 2016).
The good news for Markle is if she does reap a bid, she would become the favorite to win. Last year, the Emmys switched from a ranked ballot to a straight plurality vote, which helped underdogs like Peter Scolari (Best Comedy Guest Actor for “Girls”), Ben Mendelsohn (Best Drama Supporting Actor for “Bloodline”) and Tatiana Maslany (Best Drama Actress for “Orphan Black”) break through.
Add to that the change two years ago from small judging panels to allowing all eligible academy members to vote. With a prince as her potential plus-one, Markle could have the star power to take the trophy.
There are four open slots in the Drama Supporting Actress category with last year’s winner, Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”) prevailing for her show’s final season and Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and Maisie Williams from “Game of Thrones” taking the year off as their show will not be airing new episodes during the eligibility period. The two eligible returning nominees are Maura Tierney (“The Affair”) and Constance Zimmer (“UnReal”).
Among those hoping to take advantage of the available real estate are Golden Globe nominee Chrissy Metz from “This is Us,” Golden Globe and SAG Award nominee Winona Ryder from “Stranger Things” and her scene-stealing, SAG nominated co-star Millie Bobby Brown. Vanessa Kirby could make the cut for her portrayal of Prince Harry’s great-aunt Princess Margaret in “The Crown.”
And among those looking to get in for the first time after being previously overlooked: Sissy Spacek and Linda Cardelini from “Bloodline,” Paula Malcomson as the title character’s wife in “Ray Donovan,” Rhea Seehorn as the love interest from “Better Call Saul,” and Carly Chaikin, this season’s breakout performance from “Mr. Robot.”
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