British stars Hugh, Ian and Kenneth receive Emmy nods

Friday July 17, 2009

Top thespians Sir Ian McKellen, Hugh Laurie and Kenneth Branagh will lead the British hopefuls at this year's Emmy awards, each with individual nominations in lead actor categories.

Hugh is being recognised for his Golden Globe-winning portrayal of Dr Gregory House, while Kenneth is nominated for his performance as a police chief in BBC's Wallander

Lancashire-born Ian, 70, has received his nod for his turn as King Lear in the film version of the RSC's production. 

Late actress Farrah Fawcett has been posthumously acknowledged for her role as executive producer of her documentary Farrah's Story.

US comedy 30 Rock, starring Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey, leads this year's nominations with 22 while Sixties drama Mad Men follows with 16.

BBC period dramas Little Dorrit and The Tudors picked up 11 and five respectively.

The 61st Primetime Emmys will take place in Los Angeles on September 20.

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