Thandie Newton thanked a female God at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday (17.09.18).

The 45-year-old laughter sparked laughter inside Los Angeles' Microsoft Theatre when she got on stage to accept the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series prize for her role in 'Westworld' and made the religious quip as she opened her speech.

She said: ''I don't even believe in god but I'm going to thank her tonight.

''I am so blessed. I am so blessed... To work with the people that I have gotten to work with. The cast and crew of - I can't believe I'm here - the cast and crew of 'Westworld', I love you all so much.''

Thandie - who has children Ripley, 18, Nico, 14, and Brooker, four, with husband Ol Parker - then gave a special shout-out to her oldest daughter.

She said: ''My family, my daughter Ripley turns 18 today and I get to guide you and love you and protect you, which is my north star. I love you so much, baby. Thank you, thank you for this.''

Thandie beat out Alexis Bledel from 'The Handmaid's Tale', Lena Headey of 'Game of Thrones', Millie Bobby Brown from 'Stranger Things', Ann Dowd from 'The Handmaid's Tale', Vanessa Kirby of 'The Crown' and Yvonne Strahovski from 'The Handmaid's Tale'.

Peter Dinklage took the Supporting Actor in a Drama Series award for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister in 'Game of Thrones' and paid a special tribute to his wife Erica Schmidt after admitting he forgot to thank her when he previously scooped the same prize in 2015.

He said: ''Thank you, Erica, for putting up with me. I'm very temperamental and I love you very much.''

And the 49-year-old actor - who has won the award three times and is the most nominated in the category of all time - also praised showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and author George R.R. Martin in his speech.

He said: ''Thank you for changing my life. I cannot walk down the street anymore. George Martin for creating this darn thing.''

Peter's co-star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays his brother Jaime Lannister, was also nominated for the award and his friend pledged to share the win with him.

He said: ''Thank you to my brother from another mother, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. I love you, and I share this with you because you are an amazing, handsome brother.''

Other nominees for the honour included 'Homeland' star Mandy Patinkin, 'Stranger Things' actor David Harbour, 'The Handmaid's Tale's Joseph Fiennes and 'The Crown's Matt Smith.

'Game of Thrones' also scooped the prestigious Drama Series award.