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British series Sherlock is a big winner at the Emmys

26 AUGUST 2014

BBC One mystery drama Sherlock scooped three gongs at the 66th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Monday evening.

Benedict Cumberbatch took home the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his work in Sherlock: His Last Vow, while Martin Freeman won the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.

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Neither of the British talents were present at the awards ceremony to take their trophy. One Brit was in LA for the glitzy night, though. There to accept the Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special award for Sherlock: His Last Vow, was Sherlock's co-creator Steven Moffat.

Upon winning, the writer thanked the BBC – which he called "the greatest broadcaster in the world" – and his "brilliant sexy producer of a wife".

He also thanked his co-writer Mark Gatiss: "He should be up here because every word of 'Sherlock' is down to him as well and I apologise to him for not being up here at the same time. Thank you so much, this is utterly thrilling."

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Drug drama Breaking Bad was another big winner, scooping five awards including best drama series.

Its star Bryan Cranston was named best actor in a drama series for a fourth time as the teacher-turned-drug kingpin Walter White.

He beat a host of Hollywood heavyweights including Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson for their roles in the acclaimed crime drama True Detective.

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"I have gratitude for everything that has happened," Bryan said.

His co-stars, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn, were also honoured as best supporting actor and supporting actress in a drama series.

Julianna Margulies, star of The Good Wife, won the Emmy for best lead actress in a drama series for her part as lawyer Alicia Florrick.

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