Archie, who graduated in 1996 with a degree in Management Studies, beat Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks to pick up the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the lavish Los Angeles ceremony.
Her elation at winning the accolade was clearly evident during her acceptance speech. "When I started in the business in England, just getting a job was a dream,” she said. “To receive an Emmy now is just beyond my wildest dreams. This is just amazing for my career – thank you so much!”
This is by no means Archie’s first critically acclaimed role. The London-born 38 year old first made a name for herself in the British hit films East is East and Bend it Like Beckham, before moving on to star in several major Hollywood roles, playing a British Diplomat in the Oscar-winning The Constant Gardener and a former Wall Street Journal reporter in A Mighty Heart, the true-to-life account of the search for missing journalist Daniel Pearl, featuring Angelina Jolie.
In 2005, she won the Shooting Star Award for her role as the title character in Yasmin
at the Berlin Film Festival, and the Best Actress award in the same year at the Reims Film Festival.