British talent shines in Emmy Awards nominations

British talent shines in Emmy Awards nominations

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By Ed Gove,
Friday, 15th July 2016
Tom Hiddleston, hugh Laurie, BBC
Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman recieved Emmy nominations (BBC/The Ink Factory/Mitch Jenkins)

The Brits have taken American television by storm in 2016's Emmy Awards nominations.

The nominations contain around 50 nods for British television shows, actors, writers and directors.

Welsh actor Matthew Rhys was nominated for Best Lead Actor in a drama for his role in US spy drama The Americans, while Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba are all vying for Lead Actor in a limited series for BBC shows Sherlock: the Abominable Bride, The Night Manager and Luther respectively.

The Night Manager and Sherlock both fared well in the nominations. Hugh Laurie received a nomination for his role as Richard Roper in the spy drama The Night Manager, and Olivia Colman was nominated as Best Supporting Actress in a limited series for her role as spymaster Angela Burr. The Night Manager was also nominated for Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Casting and Outstanding Directing, as well as a number of other nominations.

Sherlock and Luther both received nominations for Outstanding TV Movie. Sherlock also received a number of other nominations including Outstanding Sound Editing and Outstanding Cinematography.


ITV’s Downton Abbey received a nomination for Best Drama Series, and Dame Maggie Smith was recognised for her supporting role as the Dowager Countess in the series.

The Game of Thrones cast received a number of nominations with Lena Headley, Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams all up against Maggie Smith for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a drama series. British actor Kit Harington will be going head-to-head with his GoT co-star Peter Dinklage as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a drama series.

National treasure and RTS Vice President David Attenborough received a narration nomination for his work on Life Story.

The Amazon Video series Outlander received nominations for production design and costuming.

Brits have been getting on well in the States too. Gavin and Stacey star James Corden has received three nominations for his Late Late Show – including directing, Outstanding Interactive Programme and Outstanding Variety Talk Series. Similarly satirical comedian John Oliver, who has built a huge following for his HBO show Last Week Tonight, received a total of six nominations including Outstanding Variety Talk Series, picture editing and sound mixing.

In comedy, Chris Addison was nominated for his directing work on satirical comedy Veep, while Laurie Metcalf, who stars in the US adaptation of Jo Brand’s Getting On, received a nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy. RTS Award winners Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney were nominated for the writing on their hit Channel 4 show Catastrophe

The 2016 Emmy Awards will take place on 18th September in Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theatre and will be hosted by US talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.

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The Brits have taken American television by storm in 2016's Emmy Awards nominations.