ITV’s Downton receives 16 Emmy nominations

Downton Abbey has picked up 16 nominations for this year’s Emmy awards.

The ITV drama’s nominations include one in the outstanding drama series category, against Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Homeland and Mad Men.

Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary Crawley in the series, is up for best lead actress in a drama series, against five others, including Glenn Close, for Damages, and Claire Danes, who is nominated for Homeland.

Hugh Bonneville, who stars as Robert, Earl of Grantham in the show, is up for outstanding lead actor in a drama series, opposite Damian Lewis, who is up for Homeland.

Meanwhile Maggie Smith has picked up a nod in the supporting actress in a drama series category, opposite Joanne Froggatt, who also appears in the series.

Nominations have also been received by Brendan Coyle and Jim Carter, who are up for their work on Downton Abbey in the supporting actor in a drama series section.

The drama has also picked up nods in the outstanding director of a drama series category – with Brian Percival nominated here – and the best writing for a drama series section, with Julian Fellowes picking up a nomination for his work on the series.

The show is also nominated for its art direction, casting, costumes, picture editing, hairstyling, music and sound mixing.

BBC drama Sherlock has also picked up nominations, including one for outstanding miniseries or movie. Luther, shown on the BBC in the UK, has also picked up a nomination in this section.

Sherlock and Luther are also up against each other in the best actor in a miniseries section, with Benedict Cumberbatch up for Sherlock and Idris Elba nominated for Luther.

Martin Freeman, who plays Dr Watson in Sherlock, has picked up a nomination for best supporting actor in a miniseries, while Sherlock director, Paul McGuigan, is up for best director of a miniseries, against Sam Miller, who is up for Luther.

In the best writing of a miniseries category, Abi Morgan, Neil Cross and Steven Moffat have all picked up nominations. Morgan’s is for The Hour, Cross’s is for Luther, and Moffat’s nomination is for Sherlock.

The 64th Primetime Emmy Award Nominations will be presented on September 23.

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