Kate Winslet drama Mildred Pierce leads Emmy nominations

Nine British stars receive nods ahead of September's ceremony


HBO Kate Winslet vehicle, Mildred Pierce, leads the pack in the race for this year’s Emmy awards, receiving 21 nominations.


Mathew Weiner’s acclaimed period drama, Mad Men, received 19 nominations and Terrence Winter’s glossy gangster mini-series, Boardwalk Empire, garnered 18 nods.

The 63rd Emmy awards looks to be a good night for British stars, with nine nominations in total for British acting talent. 

Winslet is nominated for outstanding lead actress in a mini-series, whilst Hugh Laurie will be looking to pick up a sixth Emmy after receiving yet another nod for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his portrayal of Dr Gregory House.

Idris Elba is nominated as outstanding lead actor for his role in BBC’s Luther, Alan Cumming will contest the supporting actor in a drama series category for his portrayal of Eli Gold in The Good Wife, and Kelly Macdonald is nominated for her supporting role in Boardwalk Empire.

Dame Maggie Smith receives a nomination for her role as Violet, the cantankerous matriarch, in ITV’s hit period drama Downton Abbey. 

Dame Eileen Atkins and Jean Marsh are also nominated for their parts in the BBC’s remake of Upstairs Downstairs. 

Tom Wilkinson picks up a nod for his performance as JFK’s father, Joe, in The Kennedys.

Other notable British nominations include BBC comedy Episodes, which sees former Friends star Matt LeBlanc receive a lead comedy actor nod, and two noms for Sherlock, in the special effects category, and for Steven Moffat as a writer.


The winners will be announced during a ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Hollywood on 18 September.