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'Squid Game' actor Lee Yoo-mi becomes first Korean artist to win Creative Arts Emmy

The actor starred as Ji-yeong aka Player No 240 in the superhit Korean language Netflix original series

September 05, 2022 04:45 pm | Updated 04:45 pm IST

Lee Yoo-Mi with the award for outstanding guest actress in a drama series for “Squid Games” on Sunday

Lee Yoo-Mi with the award for outstanding guest actress in a drama series for “Squid Games” on Sunday | Photo Credit: Chris Pizzello

Actor Lee Yoo-mi charted history earlier today after she won the Creative Arts Emmy for outstanding guest actress in a drama series for the popular survival drama series Squid Game, a feat that made her the first Korean actor to receive the honour.

In the superhit Korean language Netflix original, the actor starred as Ji-yeong aka Player No 240 who decides to take the fall in the game of marbles to let her team partner Sae-byeok (Player No 067) advance to the fifth and penultimate round of the deadly 'Squid Game'.

According to Deadline, Lee was awarded for her appearance in the episode Gganbu of the show, penned and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk.

"Thank you so much for this huge honour. I want to give my thanks to the TV academy, especially a big thanks to my Netflix team as well," Lee said, via a translator, in her acceptance speech on Sunday night.

The actor, whose credits also include the Netflix zombie school drama All of Us Are Dead, then added in English: "I'm so happy, thank you!"

Other nominees in this category were Marcia Gay Harden ( The Morning Show), Martha Kelly ( Euphoria), and Succession actors Hope Davis, Sanaa Lathan and Harriet Walter.

At the Sunday ceremony, which celebrated the artistic and technical achievement on television, Squid Game also scored in four other categories -- special video effects, stunt performance and production design.

The sidebar event will be followed by the upcoming Primetime Emmy Awards, to be held on September 12, where Squid Game has received seven nominations, including for best drama, making it the first non-English show to be nominated in this category.

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