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Stars to turn out for Emmy Awards

Some of the biggest names in showbiz will be on the red carpet as the stars gather in Los Angeles for the Emmy Awards.

Two grande dames of the acting profession - Dame Maggie Smith and Dame Eileen Atkins - are both nominated for best supporting actress in a miniseries or movie for their roles in Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs respectively.

Two other stars of the hit shows are also recognised, with veteran actress Jean Marsh nominated for lead actress in a miniseries or movie after she reprised her role as Rose Buck in the BBC One remake of Upstairs, Downstairs.

She, along with Dame Eileen, was one of the creators of the original show, which was set at upmarket 165 Eaton Place in London's Belgravia.

Marsh is up against London-based American actress Elizabeth McGovern who plays the Countess of Grantham in ITV1's Downton Abbey - which is back for its second series tonight.

Also in the running are Oscar-winner Kate Winslet for her performance in the title role in Mildred Pierce.

Other British talent recognised include five-times Emmy nominee Hugh Laurie who is nominated for lead actor in a drama series for his role as Dr Gregory House in House. He is up against actors including Mad Men star Jon Hamm and Steve Buscemi, recognised for his role in prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire, for the award.

That show also sees Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald nominated for her role as housewife Margaret Schroeder in the supporting actress in a drama series category.

Idris Elba also gets a nod for his portrayal of out-of-control cop John Luther in the BBC One series Luther with a nomination for lead actor in a miniseries or movie. And Tom Wilkinson's performance in The Kennedys, where he played JFK's father Joe, sees him nominated for supporting actor in a miniseries or movie.

Scottish actor Alan Cumming is nominated in the supporting actor in a drama series for his role as Eli Gold in The Good Wife and So You Think You Can Dance presenter Cat Deeley gets a nod in the reality show host category.


From Belfast Telegraph