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Emmys: ‘Stranger Things’ Barb Actress Scores Surprise Nomination

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Shannon Purser, who played the fan-favorite character on the Netflix series’ first season, earned a guest-actress nom.

Perhaps the biggest shock from this year’s Emmy nominations announcement was the outstanding guest actress in a drama series nom for Shannon Purser, the 20-year-old actress who played fan-favorite Barb on Netflix’s Stranger Things.

The nomination is the first for Purser, whose character went viral last summer with the #justiceforbarb hashtag on Twitter. Despite only appearing in four of the series’ eight episodes in season one, Purser’s character resonated with fans for her quirky awkwardness and ultimate fate.

Purser was not the only Stranger Things alum to be noticed by the TV Academy, as the show, in its first year of eligibility, earned 18 nominations.

Joining Purser for acting nominations were stars David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown, for best supporting actor and actress in a drama series, respectively. 

The show itself scored a nomination for best drama series and will compete against AMC’s Better Call Saul,
 Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, NBC’s This Is US, HBO’s Westworld and fellow Netflix series House of Cards and The Crown.

NBC’s Saturday Night Live and Westworld led the tally for the most nominations 
(22) in all categories, followed by Stranger Things and FX’s Feud: Bette and 
Joan (18) and HBO’s Veep (17).

Leading the nominations in totals by platform 
were HBO (110), Netflix (91) and NBC (60).

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