Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch and the stars of Downton Abbey nominated for Emmy Awards

Homeland, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and Mad Men also found themselves nominated for multiple awards at the 2013 Emmy awards

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has been nominated for an Emmy award for his role as Chrisopher Tietjens in BBC adaptation Parade’s End.

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The 36-year-old star will go up against Behind the Candelabra’s Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, Phil Spector’s Al Pacino and The Girl’s Toby Jones.

ITV period drama Downton Abbey received its fair share of nominations, too. Michelle Dockery – who plays the recently widowed Lady Mary in the hit ITV drama – has been nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama series while Hugh Bonneville – who plays man of the house Robert Crawley – has found himself in the lead actor category.

The show’s quick-tongued matriach Maggie Smith is also nominated alongside Jim Carter, who plays Mr Carson, for best supporting actor awards.

Homeland has also found itself with multiple nominations. Claire Danes has received a nod for lead actress while  British star Damian Lewis has found himself nominated for outstanding lead actor in a drama series. Morena Baccarin, who played Brody’s wife Jessica, and Mandy Patinkin, who plays Saul, have both been nominated for a supporting actor award too.

Other shows which have come out on top include Game of Thrones, Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Sky comedy Modern Family was nominated for best comedy series, and almost all of the cast – Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, Ed O’Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ty Burrell – have found themselves nominated for a supporting role award too.

Netflix’s Arrested Development and House of Cards were also both nominated for awards.

The ceremony, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will be held in Los Angeles on 22 September.

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