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Dan Levy explains why he had no choice but to create Schitt’s Creek hero David Rose as he wins yet another major award

Matilda Davies March 8, 2021
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Dan Levy has been lauded for his writing of David and Patrick's relationship in Schitt's Creek.

Dan Levy has been lauded for his writing of David and Patrick's relationship in Schitt's Creek. (Schitt's Creek/YouTube)

Dan Levy emotionally thanked fans for supporting Schitt’s Creek and his move to create more positive LGBT+ representation in television at the Critic’s Choice Awards on Sunday (7 March).

The show, which ended with its sixth season in 2020, has been lauded by fans for its well-rounded LGBT+ characters and Levy’s choice to leave homophobia out of the show.

At the virtual award show, Levy won the Critic’s Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his character David Rose in Schitt’s Creek and thanked fans for their support.

In his acceptance speech, he said: “Thank you for supporting and championing a character like David.

“I have so appreciated reading all of your thoughtful and encouraging words over the years and sometimes when you don’t often see yourself represented that much on screen you have to take a risk and make it happen for yourself.

“So thank you so much for this, it means the world. I really appreciate it. Thank you.”

Catherine O’Hara, who plays Moira Rose in Schitt’s Creek, also took home a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.

The show also received a nomination for Best Comedy Series and Annie Murphy and Eugene Levy were nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and Best Actor in a Comedy Series respectively.

Dan Levy was nominated alongside three other out gay actors in his category: Andrew Rannells for Black Monday, Alex Newell for Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and Harvey Guillén for What We Do in The Shadows.

Dan Levy has received high praise for the portrayal of gay relationships in Schitt’s Creek

Dan Levy recently accepted a Golden Globe for Best Television Series (Musical or Comedy) and called for more diversity in television in his acceptance speech.

Levy told the audience via video call: “This acknowledgement is a lovely vote of confidence in the messages Schitt’s Creek has come to stand for: the idea that inclusion can bring about growth and love to a community.

“In the spirit of inclusion, I hope that this time next year, this ceremony reflects the true breadth and diversity of the film and television being made today, because there is so much more to be celebrated.”

Levy previously spoke to Vanity Fair about his character David Rose’s relationship with Patrick (Noah Reid) on the show as a chance to show LGBT+ characters with a “kind of ease”.

He added: “As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, we’re so accustomed to seeing the members of that community put in danger.”

Schitt’s Creek set the record last year for the most Emmy wins for its final two seasons. Dan Levy won awards for writing and directing, and acting.

It also won the Outstanding Comedy Series category and Levy’s co-stars Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy and Annie Murphy also won acting awards.

Related topics: Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek

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