During his almost 50-year career, the English actor David Threlfall received a single Primetime Emmy nomination for his supporting performance in the 1982 limited series “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.” He appeared in all four parts of this filmed stage adaptation of Charles DickensThe 1839 book stars as Smike, a simple young man whom the titular hero takes as a traveling companion. The program was nominated for a total of seven Emmy Awards in 1983 and ultimately won the top award for Best Limited Series.
Threlfall was 10 weeks away from turning 30 when he landed his nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Television/Limited Series role. It made him the fourth youngest man to ever compete for the award, and he now ranks 10th on the list nearly four decades later. Four of the nine younger actors were added to the group after 2015, and three earned their nominations before they turned 18. The one who has topped the list for half a century is the youngest male winner of any category.
The television academy has recognized the work of supporting actors on non-continuing programs since the eighth Emmys in 1956. The first recipient of the award was Albert Paulson (“A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch”), while the most recent was Evan Peters (“Easttown Mare”).
Scroll through our photo gallery to see who ranks ahead of Threlfall on the list of 10 youngest Emmy nominees for Outstanding TV Movie/Limited Series.
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