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Golden Globes 2022: Succession star Sarah Snook wins Best Supporting Actress


Australian actress Sarah Snook has won a Golden Globe Award for her critically acclaimed role in HBO drama Succession.

The 34-year-old, who hails from Adelaide, won Best Supporting Actress in a Series for her portrayal of political strategist and media heir Siobhan ‘Shiv’ Roy.

She beat the likes of Jennifer Coolidge (The White Lotus), Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso), Kaitlyn Dever (Dopesick) and Andie MacDowell (Maid) in her category.

Recognition: Australian actress Sarah Snook has won a Golden Globe Award for her critically acclaimed role in HBO drama Succession. Pictured at the AACTA Awards in Sydney last month

Recognition: Australian actress Sarah Snook has won a Golden Globe Award for her critically acclaimed role in HBO drama Succession. Pictured at the AACTA Awards in Sydney last month

Her victory was announced at a private ceremony on Los Angeles on Monday, after this year’s live broadcast was cancelled due to backlash over a lack of diversity in the nominations.

The Golden Globes is generally regarded as a good indicator of who will take home gold at the Academy Awards later in the year.

Several Aussies delivered the goods at the Golden Globes, with Kodi Smit-McPhee beating Ben Affleck to win Best Supporting Actor in any Motion Picture.

Stealing the show: The 34-year-old, who hails from Adelaide, won Best Supporting Actress in a Series for her portrayal of political strategist and media heir Siobhan 'Shiv' Roy

Stealing the show: The 34-year-old, who hails from Adelaide, won Best Supporting Actress in a Series for her portrayal of political strategist and media heir Siobhan ‘Shiv’ Roy

The up-and-coming actor was recognised for his incredible performance in western film The Power of the Dog. 

Sarah started out on the stage, appearing in King Lear with the State Theatre Company of South Australia in 2009, shortly after graduating from Australia’s most prestigious theatre school, NIDA.

Interestingly, Succession has often been likened to a modern day Shakespeare play, specifically King Lear. 

Rising star: Several Aussies delivered the goods at the Golden Globes, with Kodi Smit-McPhee (pictured) beating Ben Affleck to win Best Supporting Actor in any Motion Picture

Pictured: Ben Affleck

Rising star: Several Aussies delivered the goods at the Golden Globes, with Kodi Smit-McPhee (left) beating Ben Affleck (right) to win Best Supporting Actor in any Motion Picture

After that, the roles quickly started pouring in for Sarah, who popped up in the hit Aussie dramas All Saints and Packed to the Rafters, and then scored a lead role in the ABC TV movie Sisters of War.

Things continued to pick up for Snook, who played True Blood star Ryan Kwanten’s love interest in the Australian rom-com Not Suitable for Children in 2012.

Her career continued to gather steam in the following years as she landed the female lead in Ethan Hawke’s sci-fi thriller Predetermination before fronting the American horror flick Jessabelle.

Flashback: A much greener Snook is pictured at an awards show in 2013

Flashback: A much greener Snook is pictured at an awards show in 2013

One of her most notable roles came in 2015, when she starred alongside Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth in the acclaimed Aussie film The Dressmaker.

At the time, she told The Weekly Review it was ‘surreal’ to appear in the star-studded film.

‘Being able to sit on set and watch Kate Winslet and Judy Davis go for it and learn from them, that’s a masterclass in itself,’ she said.

She also downplayed her budding fame, saying she wasn’t recognised in the street and was only ever asked for selfies at red carpet events. 

Thespian: Sarah started out on the stage, appearing in King Lear with the State Theatre Company of South Australia in 2009, shortly after graduating from Australia's most prestigious theatre school, NIDA

Thespian: Sarah started out on the stage, appearing in King Lear with the State Theatre Company of South Australia in 2009, shortly after graduating from Australia’s most prestigious theatre school, NIDA

That same year, Sarah starred along Winslet once again, this time in the Steve Jobs biopic. 

Following a notable appearance on Black Mirror in 2016, Sarah scored her career-defining role two years later as Shiv Roy in HBO’s Succession.

In a 2018 interview about how she landed the part, she revealed she had auditioned alongside Jeremy Strong, who plays her on-screen brother Kendall Roy in the drama.

‘I actually auditioned with Jeremy, who is playing my older brother now. I had put something down on tape, and then got called in for the screen test,’ she told Collider.

Humble: Sarah downplayed her budding fame in a 2015 interview, saying that she didn't recognised in the street and was only ever asked for selfies at red carpet events

Humble: Sarah downplayed her budding fame in a 2015 interview, saying that she didn’t recognised in the street and was only ever asked for selfies at red carpet events 

‘They flew me from Australia to LA, and between the audition and the screen test, I started to understand what this thing was more,’ she continued.

‘In the final audition, and doing it with Jeremy, I was finally like, “Oh, I get it! This is a drama. It’s got a comedy edge, but it’s really sharp.”‘

Although Succession started off as a slow burn, the series has now become one of the most popular and critically-acclaimed programs on television today.

And according to the show’s executive producer and director Mark Mylod, Sarah’s incredible performance as Shiv in the recent finale was the key to creating the ‘perfect’ ending for season three.

Star turn: One of her most notable roles came in 2015, when she starred alongside Kate Winslet (right) in the acclaimed Aussie film The Dressmaker

Star turn: One of her most notable roles came in 2015, when she starred alongside Kate Winslet (right) in the acclaimed Aussie film The Dressmaker

Notable roles: Sarah's career continued to gather steam, as she landed the female lead in Ethan Hawke's sci-fi thriller Predetermination

Notable roles: Sarah’s career continued to gather steam, as she landed the female lead in Ethan Hawke’s sci-fi thriller Predetermination

In an interview on HBO’s official YouTube channel, he stated: ‘For a long time I couldn’t find the ending. And then we did a take where we gave Sarah’s character time to process that moment’.

The moment he referred to saw Shiv’s husband Tom Wambsgans betraying her to pledge allegiance to her father in shocking style.

He continued: ‘And when Tom walked over and said “you okay”, despite that absolutely extraordinary betrayal, she put her game face on and said, “yep”…

‘And because it was such a perfect Succession moment, that she would still somehow find the strength to put that Teflon coat on and be in denial of that pain was so powerful to me that I knew we had the end of the season.’

Key: According to Succession director Mark Mylod, Sarah's incredible performance as Shiv in the recent finale was the key to creating the 'perfect' ending for season three

Key: According to Succession director Mark Mylod, Sarah’s incredible performance as Shiv in the recent finale was the key to creating the ‘perfect’ ending for season three

In 2020, Sarah was nominated for an Emmy and a Critics’ Choice Television Award for her role in the series.

Although she didn’t win, the actress will get another shot at awards glory next year after being nominated another Critics’ Choice Award, as well as a Golden Globe. 

In November, her star status Down Under was confirmed when she graced the cover of Vogue Australia. 

Major movie offers are now rolling in for Snook, who recently replaced A-lister Elizabeth Moss in the upcoming horror-thriller Run Rabbit Run. 

Sarah is now enjoying the spoils of her success, buying a country home not far from Melbourne for close to $2million.

Cover girl: In November, her star status Down Under was confirmed when she graced the cover of Vogue Australia

Cover girl: In November, her star status Down Under was confirmed when she graced the cover of Vogue Australia

The sprawling estate in regional Victoria is the perfect hideaway for Sarah and her new husband, comedian Dave Lawson.

The 14-hectare property is situated about 80km northwest of Melbourne near the popular town of Woodend.

She purchased the three-bedroom, three-bathroom mud brick home for $1.7million, with the stunning property nestled in the dense bushland of the Macedon Ranges.

It’s the latest acquisition to Sarah’s growing property portfolio, with The Dressmaker actress also owning another property in the area.

She also owns a home in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray, but her latest property purchase is the most luxurious of them all so far.

Private retreat: Sarah is now enjoying the spoils of her success, buying a country home not far from Melbourne for close to $2million

Private retreat: Sarah is now enjoying the spoils of her success, buying a country home not far from Melbourne for close to $2million

Multiple properties: She also owns a home in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray, but her latest property purchase is the most luxurious of them all so far

Multiple properties: She also owns a home in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray, but her latest property purchase is the most luxurious of them all so far

The Woodend property is a two-storey American barn-style home, complete with a home office and workshop.

There’s also two dams on the property, with large windows looking out to the stunning natural surroundings.

Sarah married Dave, 43, in February this year, and in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar earlier this month, revealed they’d only recently moved into the home.

She said they’d spent most of their spare time building a golf course on the property and sitting around the outdoor fire pit.

Newlyweds: Sarah recently tied the knot in secret to husband, comedian Dave Lawson (pictured together)

Newlyweds: Sarah recently tied the knot in secret to husband, comedian Dave Lawson (pictured together) 

In an interview with Vogue Australia in October, Sarah revealed she’d fallen ‘in love’ with Dave at the start of the pandemic.

‘At the beginning of the pandemic last year, I got locked down in Melbourne with one of my best mates and we fell in love,’ she said.

‘We’ve been friends since 2014, lived together, travelled together, always excited to see each other, but totally platonic.

‘We’ve just never been single at the same time. I proposed and we got married in February in my backyard.’ 

She added: ‘It’s been a ride. There’s so much heartache and sadness in the world, but on a micro personal level, I’ve been very fortunate.’

Must see: Although Succession started off as a slow burn, the series has now become one of the most popular and critically-acclaimed programs on television today

Must see: Although Succession started off as a slow burn, the series has now become one of the most popular and critically-acclaimed programs on television today



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