Eddie Redmayne, Joanne Froggatt and Ruth Wilson fly the flag for Britain at Golden Globes 2015

Redmayne picks up best actor in a drama for The Theory of Everything, while Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt wins best supporting actress for her portrayal of lady's maid Anna Bates

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British stars Eddie Redmayne, Joanne Froggatt and Ruth Wilson picked up prestigious awards at Sunday night’s Golden Globes awards ceremony in LA.

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Redmayne won best actor in a drama for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, beating off competition from Selma’s David Oyelowo, Foxcatcher’s Steve Carell and Nightcrawler’s Jake Gyllenhaal as well as fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch, who was nominated for The Imitation Game. The result bodes well for 33-year-old London-born Redmayne ahead of the Oscars next month, with the Globes seen as a good indicator of Academy Awards success.

Joanne Froggatt won best supporting actress in a drama for her portrayal of lady’s maid Anna Bates in hit ITV period drama Downton Abbey, after a difficult storyline dealing with a serious sexual assault. Another British star, Ruth Wilson, known to UK viewers for BBC crime drama Luther, picked up best actress in a drama for The Affair. The Showtime series, which beat Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, House of Cards and The Good Wife to best drama, also stars Dominic West. 

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British-German co-production The Grand Budapest Hotel, which dominates this year’s Bafta Film shortlists, won best motion picture comedy or musical while US star Maggie Gyllenhaal picked up best actress in a mini-series for her role in BBC2 drama The Honourable Woman.