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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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.