Emmy Awards British nominees: Dame Maggie Smith

Read our guide to the actress nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and watch a clip of her as the Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey




Nominated for: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Role: Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey

All these awards ceremonies are old hat for the veteran television, theatre and stage actress, who was being feted in the United States long before this so-called ‘British invasion’ of acting talent.

This is the seventh time Smith has been nominated for an Emmy Award, the first coming in 1993 for her leading role as Mrs Venable in an adaptation of Tennesse Williams’s Suddenly Last Summer.

It is also the third time she has been nominated for her role as the sharp-tongued Countess in Downton Abbey; both previous times she has won, although she did not go to the ceremony to collect the award in person. Up against Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn and Homeland’s Morena Baccarin, will she take the award for a third time this Sunday?

Downton Abbey has 12 nominations in this year’s Emmys, the most for any British TV production.

Watch a clip of the Dowager Countess having trouble with a swivel chair in Downton Abbey below:

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