Downton Abbey scoops 16 Emmy nominations

Thursday July 19, 2012

ITV costume drama Downton Abbey has emerged as one of the frontrunners for this year's Emmy Awards, gaining 16 nominations.

Downton, starring Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery and Dame Maggie Smith, is already an award-winning show and has proved a success across the pond picking up four gongs at the US show last year.

Its nominations this time include a lead actress in a drama series for Michelle, who plays Lady Mary Crawley, and lead actor for Hugh as the Earl of Grantham.

Dame Maggie is nominated in the supporting actress category for her role as the acid-tongued Dowager Countess of Grantham, alongside Joanne Froggatt, who plays domestic servant Anna.

Brendan Coyle, who plays valet John Bates, and Jim Carter, who plays the butler Carson, are both up for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series.

Ad agency hit Mad Men and the miniseries American Horror Story are frontrunners at the prestigious awards with 17 nominations each. Modern Family, honoured as best comedy series for two years, is the sitcom leader with 14 bids.

There was also nomination success for BBC1's Sherlock with its stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie respectively.

Benedict is nominated in a strong field including Woody Harrelson, Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton. Also nominated are fellow Brits Clive Owen for Hemingway and Gellhorn and Idris Elba for his role in Luther.

The awards are presented at a ceremony on September 23.

Photo: ITV

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