Golden Globes 2014: who are the British nominees to watch?

From Chitwetel Ejiofor, Christian Bale and Michael Sheen to Judi Dench, Emma Thompson and Helen Mirren - here's your guide to the British talent recognised at this year's Golden Globes

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Golden Globes 2014: who are the British nominees to watch?
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Over in America preparations for the annual Golden Globe awards are well under way. 

The ball gowns are coming out and the red carpet is probably getting its final hoover before the well-heeled Hollywood lot step foot on it.

But when it comes to the awards themselves, it's not just resident Hollywood-ites who are within reach of a trophy. There are a lot of our home-grown stars in the running, too.

Here's your guide to the British nominees...

39-year-old Christian Bale is the star of David O Russell's latest film American Hustle. The film, which also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper, sees Bale play con-man with an impressive comb-over Irving Rosenfeld. Bale is up against Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Oscar Isaac and Joaquin Phoenix for best actor in a motion picture comedy or musical.

Best director nominee Steve McQueen is set to compete with Alfonso Cuaron, Paul Greengrass, Alexander Payne and David O. Russell. Brit McQueen is the director of 12 Years a Slave, a film, about the real-life of Solomon Northup, a free man who was sold into slavery. 

Talking of 12 Years a Slave, the film's star Chiwetel Ejiofor has also found himself with a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a motion picture drama. The nods don't end there for 36-year-old Ejiofor though, the actor is also up for best actor in a mini series or motion picture made for TV, for his role in BBC series Dancing on the Edge. 

Chiwetel isn't the only British actor to find himself with two best actor nominees. Idris Elba is nominated twice too, for his roles in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and BBC crime drama Luther. He's in the running with Chiwetel in both categories.  

Steve Coogan and British screenwriter Jeff Pope have also been jointly nominated in the best screenplay for a motion picture category for Philomena, their film about the life of Philomena Lee and her search to find the son who was forcibly taken from her when she was a young woman. 

When it comes to the ladies, Britain has dominated the nominations, with Judi Dench, Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet all being nominated for best actress in a motion picture drama. The Philomena, Saving Mr Banks and Labor Day actresses are up against Sandra Bullock for her role in Gravity and Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine. 

37-year-old London-born actress Sally Hawkins is another film nominee. She's competing with American Hustle's Jennifer Lawrence, 12 Years a Slave's Lupita Nyong’o, August: Osage County's Julia Roberts and Nebraska's June Squibb for best supporting actress in a comedy or musical motion picture. 

Over in the TV categories Michael Sheen is up for best actor in a TV drama for his role as Dr William Masters in hit Showtime series Masters of Sex. He's been shortlisted alongside Bryan Cranston, Liev Schreiber, Kevin Spacey, and James Spader. 

Helena Bonham Carter has found herself nominated for her turn as Elizabeth Taylor in BBC4 drama Burton & Taylor. She's in the running alongside fellow Brit Helen Mirren (as well as Elisabeth Moss, Jessica Lange and Rebecca Ferguson) for best actress in a mini series. 

The White Queen's Janet McTeer, who played the mother of Elizabeth Woodville in the BBC series, is also nominated for best TV supporting actress, as is 69-year-old Jaqueline Bisset, who starred alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor in Dancing on the Edge. They've got competition from Nashville's Hayden Panettiere, Parenthood's Monica Potter and Sofia Vergara from Modern Family. 

See the full list of nominees here.