Educating Yorkshire, Utopia and The Tunnel win at International Emmys

The Tunnel's Stephen Dillane was awarded best actor while the Channel 4 shows took home prizes for drama and unscripted entertainment

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British talent enjoyed a successful evening at last night’s International Emmy Awards, scoring several gongs with Stephen Dillane named best actor. 

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The Game of Thrones star was awarded the prize for his performance as Karl Roebuck in The Tunnel, an English language remake of Danish series The Bridge which also starred Clemence Poesy.

Held in New York and presented by Matt Lucas – the ceremony also saw Emmys awarded to Channel 4 ob-doc Educating Yorkshire – adding to the show’s already heaving mantlepiece of silverware, and British thriller Utopia. 

The drama about a group of comic book fans who find themselves pursued by a murderous organisation has not been renewed for a third series by Channel 4 – a move that shocked its dedicated following – but there are plans in the works for an HBO remake, directed by David Fincher and penned by his Gone Girl screenwriter and novelist Gillian Flynn.

Other notable winners included Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner who received an honorary International Emmy Founders award, presented by two of the show’s stars, Christina Hendricks and John Slattery. Mad Men – which has picked up 15 Emmys over the last seven years – is set to air its final episodes next spring. 

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The annual International Emmys ceremony is held to honour the best television programming outside the US. Dutch actress Bianca Krijgsman was awarded best actress for her role in De Nieuwe Wereld (The New World), while non-English language programme went to Telemundo’s El Senor de los Cielos (The Lord of the Skies) and Brazil’s Precious Pearl was chosen as best telenovela.