It was a fine evening for British talent in Los Angeles last night, as Kate Winslet and Downton Abbey walked away victorious from the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards.
Winslet was named best actress in a mini-series or movie, for playing a mother during the Great Depression in HBO’s Mildred Pierce. The 35-year-old was presented with the award by fellow British actor, Hugh Laurie.
She used the opportunity to make a suitably gushing speech: “Mildred Pierce was capable of great acts of love as a mother. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what you do with your life, you will never stop needing your mum. And I will never stop needing mine, so thanks Mum.”
Guy Pearce, who co-starred in Mildred Pierce, received the best supporting actor prize. He joked in his own acceptance speech: “I got to have sex with Kate Winslet many, many times.”
ITV period drama Downton Abbey, which returned to British screens for a second run last night, received four awards.
The programme, written by Julian Fellowes, won the best miniseries or movie gong and garnered a best supporting actress award for Maggie Smith.
Fellowes himself was also honoured for outstanding writing in a mini-series, movie or dramatic special.
Accepting his award, he said: “This is really a David and Goliath story, except in this case Goliath was wonderful – some wonderful shows that we were up against, and it seems perfectly extraordinary that we’ve won.
“None of us know what’s going to be a hit. We make these shows, we hope for the best, but we don’t know why sometimes it comes right, and this evening is such a marvellous moment in all our lives because this evening it came right.”
Brian Percival earnt Downton a fourth Emmy for his work as a director on three episodes of the first series.
The coveted best TV drama series award went to period advertising drama Mad Men for the fourth successive year.
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Watch highlights of the Emmy Awards tonight at 10pm on 5USA.