British acting was applauded in last night's Emmy Awards, with Dame Maggie Smith and Homeland's Damien Lewis picking up gongs
Damian Lewis has picked up an Emmy award for his portrayal of an American soldier in hit show Homeland.
Downton Abbey and Sherlock will lead the British pack as the television stars turn out for the ceremony in Los Angeles.
Star of ITV's Downton Abbey Dame Maggie Smith has dismissed reports she was at the centre of a heart scare.
Her spokeswoman said of the award-winning actress: "She is fine and well and at home."
It is thought the reports emerged after Dame Maggie visited her doctor for a routine medical procedure.
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.
Dame Maggie Smith has won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Downtown Abbey.