The Annual BAFTA Tea Party for the Emmys brought out real royalty and fictional rulers, too. Princess Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, showed up as well as actress Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth in “The Crown” and may win the Emmy Award Sunday night. Spencer may a real royal presence at the Emmys but he also lives part time in Santa Monica. His wife, Karen Gordon, ex wife of producer Mark Gordon. She runs a local charity for abandoned children.
BAFTA also welcome Justin Hartley and Chrissy Metz from “This Is Us,” as well as Evan Rachel Wood, the kids from “Stranger Things,” and the guys from “Veep.” Tony Hale and Matt Walsh brought their Moms. Also bringing Mom as a date is the talented Michael K. Williams, nominated for HBO’s “The Night Of.”
Speaking of HBO, Mark Gatiss who plays, Tyco Nestoris the head honcho of the Iron Bank of Braavos, prolific Mark is involved with “Dr. Who” and “Sherlock” as well, is constantly tangling with the formidable Cersei telling her that House Lannister cannot afford another war. I asked him if he was was coming back. “I honestly don’t know. They haven’t told me yet. Sometimes actors are the last to know.”
Others were our favorite Richard Schiff, Gerald McRaney, who had won the week before at the Creative Arts Emmys, for his first nomination for “This Is Us.” “Hey if you stay in it long enough, I’ve been at this for decades.” Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Judith Light and more joined the new British Consul General in Los Angeles Michael Howells and BAFTA/Los Angeles CEO Chantal Rickards as they greeted the VIP crowd.