Tatiana Maslany’s Canadian peers are celebrating her Emmy win for Orphan Black, noting it’s a victory for the country’s acting industry as a whole.

“It’s still a rare and huge accomplishment,” Republic of Doyle star Allan Hawco said by phone from St. John’s on Monday, a day after the Regina native won the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama.

“I think people in our industry, we can be a bit cynical about awards and we can be dismissive about these kinds of things, but there’s no doubt that this is huge.

“They’re the capital of the industry in many ways, globally, and those awards are certainly an extremely competitive contest. And for her to just come out victorious, it really reflects the strength of that show, the strength in the writing, the strength in the concept and her performance.”

Ferne Downey, national president of the Canadian performers’ union ACTRA, issued a statement calling Maslany’s win “a phenomenal achievement for a phenomenal actor.”

Orphan Black is an entirely Canadian success story and we should celebrate that,” said Downey.

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