The programme is also vying for success in the Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for Elizabeth McGovern.
Meanwhile, her colleague Dame Maggie Smith has a nod in the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie.
Other British stars to feature include Kate Winslet – who has also been put forward alongside Dame Maggie – for her work in Mildred Pierce.
The Depression-era series, about a single mother who opens a restaurant, fared well – racking up 21 nods in total.
Birmingham lass Cat Deeley was also singled out.
The So You Think You Can Dance presenter was mentioned in the category for hosting a reality TV show.
"Oh My goodness!!! Beyond excited," she tweeted after finding out.
House star Hugh Laurie also got a mention in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category.
Another show that scored well was Mad Men. Handsome Jon Hamm and his colleagues picked up 19 nominations in total.
Emmy Awards 2011 - Full list of nominees
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory; Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory; Matt LeBlanc, Episodes; Louis CK, Louie; Steve Carell, The Office; Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock.
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire; Michael C. Hall, Dexter; Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights; Hugh Laurie, House; Timothy Olyphant, Justified; Jon Hamm, Mad Men.
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries of Movie - Edgar Ramirez, Carlos; Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys; Barry Pepper, The Kennedys; Idris Elba, Luther; Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood; William Hurt, Too Big to Fail.
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Laura Linney, The Big C; Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly; Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie; Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation; Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope; Tina Fey, Liz Lemon.
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights; Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife; Kathy Bates, Harry's Law; Mireille Enos, The Killing; Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men.
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie - Diana Lane, Cinema Verite; Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey; Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce; Taraji P. Henson, Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story; Jean Marsh, Upstairs Downstairs
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Chris Colfer, Glee; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family; Ed O'Neill, Modern Family; Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family; Ty Burrell, Modern Family; Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men.
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones; Josh Charles, The Good Wife; Alan Cumming, The Good Wife; Walton Goggins, Justified; John Slattery, Mad Men; Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age.
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie - Tom Wilkinson, The Kennedys; Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce; Brian F. O'Byrne, Mildred Pierce; Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail; James Woods, Too Big to Fail.
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Jane Lynch, Glee; Betty White, Hot in Cleveland; Julie Bowen, Modern Family; Sofia Vergara, Modern Family; Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live; Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock.
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire; Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife; Christine Baranski, The Good Wife; Margo Marindale, Justified; Michelle Forbes, The Killing; Christina Hendricks, Mad Men.
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie - Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey, Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce, Meilssa Leo, Mildred Pierce; Mare Winningham, Mildred Pierce; Eileen Atkins, Upstairs Downstairs.
- Outstanding Host for a Reality Program - Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race; Ryan Seacrest, American Idol; Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars; Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance; Jeff Probst, Survivor.
- Outstanding Comedy Series - The Big Bang Theory, CBS; Glee, Fox; Modern Family, ABC; The Office, NBC; Parks and Recreation, NBC; 30 Rock, NBC.
- Outstanding Drama Series - Boardwalk Empire, HBO; Dexter, Showtime; Friday Night Lights, DirectTV; Game of Thrones, HBO; The Good Wife, CBS; Mad Men, AMC.
- Oustanding Miniseries or Movie - Cinema Verite, HBO; Downton Abbey, PBS; Mildred Pierce, HBO; The Pillars of the Earth, Starz; Too Big to Fail, HBO.
- Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series - The Colbert Report, Comedy Central; Conan, TBS; The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central; Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, NBC; Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO; Saturday Night LIve, NBC.