British success at the Emmys

Dame Maggie Smith has won an Emmy for the popular ITV1 series Downton Abbey, while Damian Lewis hailed a "golden age" of television as he scooped best actor for his role in espionage thriller Homeland.

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British stars miss out on Emmys

Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter and Brendan Coyle from Downtown Abbey Credit: Reuters

Downton Abbey actors Brendan Coyle, who plays valet John Bates, and Jim Carter, who plays the butler Carson, both missed out on Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series.

BBC's Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman also were surpassed on Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Mini-series Or A Movie.

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Damian Lewis hails 'golden age' of television

What an extraordinary honour to be in a category with these golden actors setting a gold standard in acting in a golden age of TV.

The cast that I work with who are delightful and enjoyable to dine with but especially to the two ladies who've suffered me the most, Claire Danes and Marina Baccarin. You're both beautiful and it's enjoyable working with you, every minute of it.

– Damian Lewis on receiving his Emmy

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Downton Abbey's Dame Maggie Smith wins Emmy Award

Downton Abbey's Dame Maggie Smith has won the Emmy Award for best supporting actress in a drama series.

Dame Maggie Smith Credit: Ian West/PA Archive

Maggie Smith of Downton Abbey won the Emmy Award for best supporting actress in a drama series.

She plays the Countess of Grantham in the popular PBS series and has won two previous Emmys.

She beat Christina Hendricks of Mad Men, Anna Gunn of Breaking Bad, Joanne Froggatt of Downton Abbey, Christine Baranski of The Good Wife and Archie Panjabi of The Good Wife.

Dame Maggie Smith wins Best Supporting Actress

Dame Maggie Smith has won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Downtown Abbey.

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