Downton Abbey lead the British charge ahead of the Emmy Awards but the period drama could not compete with the gritty US shows.
The Emmy awards could make it a great year for the grittier side of the TV.
British acting was applauded in last night's Emmy Awards, with Dame Maggie Smith and Homeland's Damien Lewis picking up gongs
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.
– Damian Lewis on receiving his Emmy
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.
Congratulations to Outstanding Lead Actor for a Miniseries/Movie winner Kevin Costner for Hatfields & McCoys! #EmmyCongrats
Downton Abbey's Dame Maggie Smith has won the Emmy Award for best supporting actress in a drama series.
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.
Homeland won the best writing award and its leading actor Damian Lewis also won, beating Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston and Jon Hamm.