Emmy Awards British nominees: Benedict Cumberbatch

Read our guide to the actor nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Mini Series, and watch a clip of him as Christopher Tietjens in Parade's End

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BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

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Nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Mini Series or Movie

Role: Christopher Tietjens in Parade’s End

This is the second time the Sherlock actor has been nominated for an Emmy Award. The first was last year when he received a nomination for playing Sherlock Holmes, but lost out to Kevin Costner for his leading role as William ‘Devil Anse’ Hatfield in Hatfields & McCoys.

This year he’s up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Mini Series for playing Christopher Tietjens in Parade’s End. When he heard of his nomination, Cumberbatch paid tribute to writer Tom Stoppard who adapted the novel by Ford Madox Ford.

“I was so honoured to work on Parade’s End, to get the chance to get under the skin of such a complex, beautifully written character as Tietjens with a script written by the unsurpassable Sir Tom Stoppard,” he said.

However, Cumberbatch may have to settle for another year without a win, as the favourite in the category remains Michael Douglas for his portrayal of Liberace in Behind the Candelabra. Although it was released in cinemas outside the US, the film was made by TV company HBO.

Watch a clip of Benedict Cumberbatch in Parade’s End:

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Click here to see bios of all the British actors nominated in the 2013 Emmys