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British stars competing for Emmy awards

Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery has been nominated for best actress. Photo: Press Association

Downton Abbey stars Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery have been nominated for Emmys for their roles in the ITV series that has swept the US.

Bonneville is up against another British star, Homeland's Damien Lewis, for best actor in a TV drama series category, whilst Dockery has been nominated for the equivalent best actress prize.

Lewis and Bonneville face Oscar-winning star Kevin Spacey for his role in House of Cards.

Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville, who has been nominated for best actor in a TV drama series. Credit: Press Association

House of Cards has become the first programme to be recognised by the awards which has not been screened on TV. The show, a revamp of a BBC political thriller, was shown by online streaming service Netflix.

Bonneville and Lewis are also up against Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad, Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom and Jon Hamm for Mad Men.

Homeland star Damien Lewis, nominated for best actor in a TV drama. Credit: Press Association

Dockery faces a shortlist which includes Claire Danes from Homeland, Elisabeth Moss for Mad Men and Robin Wright from House of Cards.

Leading the nominations was American Horror Story: Asylum with 17, followed by Game of Thrones, which is filmed mostly in Northern Ireland, with 16.

The Primetime Emmy Awards will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on September 22.