Brits bag five International Emmys

Tuesday November 22, 2011

The International Emmys kicked off with a surprise entrance from Lady Gaga.

Wearing a tattooed thigh-revealing, floor-length black gown and oversize sunglasses, the pop icon presented the honorary International Emmy Founders Award to Nigel Lythgoe, for his work on hit shows Pop Idol and So You Think You Can Dance?

And American Idol executive producer Nigel wasn't the only Brit celebrating.

Christopher Eccleston and Julie Walters took the main acting awards and British TV productions won five awards in total.

Among the winners was Accused, written and created by Jimmy McGovern, which received the Emmy for best drama series.

Former Doctor Who star Christopher won the best actor award for his role in an episode of Accused  and Julie, who earlier won a Bafta for the same role, was chosen best actress for the TV film Mo, in which she portrayed the late Mo Mowlam.

The other British winners included Gareth Malone Goes To Glyndebourne, which won in the arts programming category for its account of the staging of a new opera by untrained teenagers at the renowned British opera house.

The Emmy for non-scripted entertainment went to The World's Strictest Parents.

photo:& copy; Getty

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