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Michelle Dockery plays Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey

Michelle Dockery plays Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey

Michelle Dockery plays Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey continues to strike a chord with American audiences, after receiving two nominations from the US Television Critics Association.

ITV's period drama, starring Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery, is up for the highly coveted Programme of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials after it was broadcast stateside in four 90-minute-long episodes as part of WGBH Boston's Masterpiece series.

It faces competition from BBC's crime drama Sherlock - which was also shown on Masterpiece - in the latter category.

Terrorism thriller Homeland leads the nominations with four nods, with Claire Danes being honoured for her performance as bipolar CIA officer Carrie Mathison with a nomination for Individual Achievement in Drama.

The programme - which airs on Channel 4 in the UK - is also up for Outstanding New Programme, Outstanding Achievement in Drama and Programme of the Year.

Homeland, which also stars British actors Damian Lewis and David Harewood, faces competition from Breaking Bad and Game Of Thrones, which have received three nominations each.

Mad Men star Jon Hamm, Game Of Thrones' Peter Dinklage, Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston and Jessica Lange from American Horror Story are to battle Claire for the individual achievement award.

Other nominees include The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss from Veep! and Amy Poehler of Parks And Recreation in the Individual Achievement In Comedy field.

The winners of the 28th annual Television Critics Awards will be announced on July 28 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.

PA