Golden Globes 2012: Downton Abbey leads British TV charge

Kate Winslet, Idris Elba and Peter Dinklage make up the Brit winners at this year’s US awards

Downton Abbey was named best TV mini-series last night as a number of British stars shone at the Golden Globes award ceremony in Los Angeles.


The ITV1 period drama won in the best mini-series or motion picture made for television category, beating BBC2’s 50s-set thriller The Hour and US shows Cinema Verite, Too Big to Fail and Mildred Pierce. 

Kate Winslet, star of Mildred Pierce, was among the British winners, landing best performance by an actress in a mini-series or motion picture made for television as the eponymous housewife in the remake of the 1945 film drama. 

She beat two other British nominees – Romola Garai in The Hour and Emily Watson in Appropriate Adult – as well as Downton Abbey’s Elizabeth McGovern and Cinema Verite’s Diane Lane.

Winslet was joined by Idris Elba, who won the male equivalent for his performance as maverick cop John Luther in BBC1’s Luther, beating fellow Brit contenders Hugh Bonneville, Bill Nighy and Dominic West, and US actor William Hurt.

Peter Dinklage, star of HBO’s fantasy drama Game of Thrones, rounded off a good night for British stars, named best actor in a supporting role in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for television.

Ricky Gervais hosted the event for the third year running but trained his scathing wit on organisers rather than actors for a change.


See a full list of the Golden Globes 2012 winners and nominees