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British stars up for Emmy accolades

Britain is leading the International Emmys nominations list, competing for six accolades at tonight's awards show in New York .

The UK nominations include Stephen Dillane and Olivia Colman, up for best actor and actress Emmys for their roles in popular crime dramas.

Dillane was nominated for his portrayal of an ageing detective in British/French crime drama The Tunnel, which as an entry from France is among the nominees for best drama series.

Colman was nominated for her role in Broadchurch as a detective investigating the murder of an 11-year-old boy in a coastal Dorset town.

Other British nominees include crime-thriller Utopia (drama series), An Adventure In Space and Time (TV movie/mini-series) about the creation and early years of the Dr Who sci-fi series, No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields Of Sri Lanka (documentary) and Educating Yorkshire (non-scripted entertainment).

The awards ceremony at the Hilton New York will be hosted by Little Britain star Matt Lucas, a two-time International Emmy winner.

Mad Men stars Christina Hendricks and John Slattery will be presenting the honorary International Emmy Founders Award to the show's creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner, who is preparing the final episodes of the 1960s Madison Avenue ad agency saga due to be shown in the spring.

A total of 40 nominees from 19 countries will be competing in 10 categories for International Emmys, established to honour excellence in TV programming outside the US.

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