Billy Porter is first openly gay black man to earn Emmy nod for drama lead actor16th Jul 19 | Entertainment News
The US actor and singer has previously won a Tony and Grammy.
Billy Porter has become the first openly gay black man to be nominated for an Emmy in the lead actor in a drama series category.
Porter, an American actor and singer, earned the nod for his turn as sharp-tongued emcee Pray Tell in Pose, the series about New York’s LGBT ballroom scene in the 1980s.
On his Instagram story, the 49-year-old wrote simply: “Ahhhhhhh, I’m screaming.”
The show, which is now in its second season and is broadcast on US channel FX, was also nominated in the drama series category.
Porter was also previously nominated for a Golden Globe for his work on the show, which features a number of queer and transgender actors.
Off-screen, he is known for his eye-grabbing sartorial choices.
He attended the 91st Academy Awards wearing a tuxedo-gown hybrid. The top half looked like classic men’s formalwear but the bottom blossomed out into a full velvet skirt.
At this year’s Met Gala, where the theme was camp, he wore a bejewelled gold catsuit, 10-foot wings, a headpiece and boots from Giuseppe Zanotti.
He arrived in a golden litter carried by six shirtless men and described his inspiration on Instagram at the time: “The Category Is: Old Testament Realness.”
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Porter attended Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School and later UCLA, where he earned a certification in screenwriting.
He previously won the Tony for best actor in a musical in 2013 for his turn as Lola in Kinky Boots.
The role also earned him a Drama Desk Award for outstanding actor in a musical and an Outer Critics Award for outstanding actor in a musical.
He also won the 2014 Grammy for best musical theatre album for Kinky Boots.
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