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Emmy Awards: The winners and losers

It was a good night for US stars at the Emmy Awards, particularly for Behind the Candelabra, the Liberace biopic starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.

However, Britain did not fare so well at the prestigious TV honours and ITV's Downton Abbey, nominated in 12 categories, took home a solitary gong.

Watch ITV News reporter Sascha Williams' report:

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Michael Douglas thanks estranged wife at Emmys

Michael Douglas thanked his estranged wife Catherine Zeta Jones in his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a miniseries or TV movie at last night's Emmy Awards.

"I want to thank my wife Catherine for her support," the actor said as he accepted the honour for his role in Behind the Candelabra.

The 68-year-old Hollywood star and Welsh-born Zeta-Jones, 43, announced in August that they were "taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage."

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Downton Abbey leads UK Emmy nominations

A humble housemaid will take on a blue-blooded dowager in the battle for a prestigious TV honour after Downton Abbey led the British pack at the Emmy Awards nominations.

Joanne Froggatt, who plays domestic servant Anna, is nominated for the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series award along with her ITV co-star Maggie Smith who plays the grand Dowager Countess of Grantham.

Joanne Froggatt, who plays domestic servant Anna, is nominated for the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series award. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

There were also nods for BBC1's Sherlock with its stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie respectively.

Cumberbatch is nominated in a strong field including Woody Harrelson, Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton.

Also nominated are fellow Brits Clive Owen and Idris Elba for their roles in Hemingway and Gellhorn and Luther respectively.