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Emmy award winners to be revealed in States

Hugh Bonneville is nominated for his role in Downton Abbey Credit: PA

British actors including Damian Lewis and Dame Helen Mirren are in the race for top accolades at Sunday's Emmy awards in the US.

Dame Helen is nominated in the lead actress in a mini series or movie category for her role as a leading lawyer in HBO drama Phil Spector.

Homeland star Lewis is up against fellow Brit Hugh Bonneville, one of the stars of ITV drama Downton Abbey, in the best lead actor in a drama category.

Lewis and Bonneville face stiff competition in their category from Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, Kevin Spacey for House of Cards, Mad Men's Jon Hamm and Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom.

Downton Abbey scored 12 primetime Emmy nominations including Bonneville's nod, best drama series, writing and directing, as well as recognition for his co-stars Dame Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery and Jim Carter.


Star behind Lady Cora has more 'anger' than character

Actress Elizabeth McGovern (above) says has too much "anger" to be her onscreen character, Downton Abbey's Lady Cora offscreen. Credit: PA

The actress behind Downton Abbey's Lady Cora says she had too much "anger" to have the "grace and dignity" her onscreen character epitomises.

The star, whose grandfather was a Buddhist, said a quiet life was not for her.

She told Reader's Digest: "When I do get time off, I'm way too busy going to the supermarket and cooking the family dinner to go and live in a monastery. And I'm probably too angry to meditate."

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Despite the success of Downton Abbey on both sides of the Atlantic, the American actress confessed she still found good reasons to lose her temper.

"Look at the way we treat the world and let each other down. The unfairness of life. I'm not necessarily talking about my life, because I get compensated very well for my job, but that doesn't stop me getting cross at some of the things I see.

"I'm not proud of it, because anger is not useful. I'd love to be able to handle life with Cora's grace and dignity. But hey, that's just how it is. I try my best in life and I'll keep trying."

Amy Nutall to appear in crime drama

Amy Nutall will be stepping out of her maid's outfit to appear in BBC dram By Any Means. Credit: PA

Downton Abbey star Amy Nuttall will be swapping Edwardian finery for a gritty crime drama on the BBC.

Filmed in Birmingham, By Any Means is about a clandestine group of cops who take on criminals while struggling to stay on the right side of the law themselves, with Nuttall playing "a hard hitting journalist".

Nuttall, who plays maid Ethel Parks on Downton Abbey said: "I'm so excited to be part of this gripping new drama.

Being on set with the fantastic cast and crew was really fun. My character is a hard-hitting journalist - very different from some of the other characters I've played - which was lots of fun."


Golden Globe winner Giamatti to join Downton Abbey

Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti is set to join the cast of Downton Abbey, ITV has confirmed.

Mr Giamatti, best known for his appearances in Sideways and Cinderella Man, will play Cora's maverick playboy brother Harold in the Christmas episode.

Hollywood star Paul Giamatti will appear in Downton Abbey's Christmas episode. Credit: ITV

“We're excited that Paul Giamatti will be joining us on Downton to play Cora's brother Harold, the rather free-spirited uncle to Mary and Edith," Carnival Films’ Managing Director, Gareth Neame said.

"We can't wait to see him work alongside Shirley Maclaine, who are both sure to upset the Grantham's apple cart in this year's Christmas Day episode.”

He joins new cast members Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Nigel Harman, Joanna David and Gary Carr who are all set to star in the fourth series.

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