Disappointing night for the British at Emmy Awards

Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Maggie Smith, Damian Lewis and Michelle Dockery all lost out, with The Hour's Abi Morgan claiming Britain's only award

It was a disappointing night for the British contingent at last night’s Emmy Awards. Despite a string of nominations – eleven for acting – it was British writer Abi Morgan who took home the only prize for her work on cancelled BBC2 drama The Hour. 


Downton Abbey had a poor evening, losing out in on all four major acting categories. Michelle Dockery and Maggie Smith failed to claim the lead and supporting actress awards, while Hugh Bonneville and Jim Carter missed out on their respective prizes. 

Despite a nod for lead actor in a miniseries or movie for Benedict Cumberbatch, his performance in Parade’s End lost out to Michael Douglas for Behind the Candelabra, while Damian Lewis’s role in Homeland was beaten by The Newsroom’s Jeff Daniels. 

Game of Thrones failed to claim a single award despite 16 nominations, with British actresses Dame Diana Rigg and Emilia Clarke missing out in the lead and supporting actress in a drama categories. Meanwhile, lead actress in a miniseries or movie went to Laura Linney over Dame Helen Mirren, with Imelda Staunton and Charlotte Rampling losing out to supporting actress Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie).

Abi Morgan – last night’s sole British winner – thanked BBC’s Ben Stephenson, Lucy Richer and Janice Hadlow in her acceptance speech, despite the corporation taking the decision to axe the flagging drama earlier this year.