U.K. Stars, Shows Draw Primetime Emmy Nominations

Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
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LONDON -- The Brits made their presence felt on the 65th annual primetime Emmy nominations roster with Damian Lewis (Homeland), Benedict Cumberbatch (Parade's End) and Helen Mirren (Phil Spector) among the names vying for votes.

The nominees, announced Thursday morning by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, also included Downton Abbey pair Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery and Toby Jones (The Girl).

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Cat Deeley is also nominated for her hosting skills in a reality or reality competition show for her duties on So You Think You Can Dance.

British shows also fared well, as the talent attracted nominations with Downton Abbey, the Julian Fellowes-created costume drama, picking up 12 nominations in total and Parade's End garnering five overall.

The British success at the annual Emmy awards, while not unusual, will provide a vote of confidence for the U.K. industry that recently secured a tax credit break from the British government for high end television series with budgets in excess of $1 million an episode.

Like last year, Downton finds itself vying for the outstanding drama series award, and it will be hoping to not miss out like last year, when the award went to Homeland.

Lewis won last year for his turn in Homeland, ahead of Bonneville for Downton.

This year sees a repeat of that competition in the lead actor in a drama series Emmy tilt, although there is stiff competition from a slew of heavyweight acting turns. 

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