Excitement builds ahead of Sunday's ceremony: the 'Downton' ladies are feeling Emmy fever

Dazzling on the red carpet in LA, Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery and Joanne Froggatt could hardly contain their excitement about the 64th Emmy Awards, which take place on Sunday night.

Joanne, who plays servant Anna Bates in the show, spoke for Michelle and herself when she said they were "loving every minute" of the buzz the awards have created.





The ceremony, whose status continues to grow and grow, will see some of  the UK's best-loved TV stars hope to take home a prestigious award.

Flying the flag for Britain are ITV's Downton Abbey and BBC's Sherlock, whose star actors and actresses are up for several top titles.

The costume drama kick-started Emmys fever in July when it received 16 nominations, only one shy of US drama Mad Men which leads the field with 17.

Michelle is up for outstanding lead actress, for her role as Lady Mary Crawley, Joanne for supporting actress and Hugh Bonneville in the running for outstanding lead actor.


Hugh remained sceptical about his chances in the tough category, which also includes British actor Damian Lewis for his role in Homeland, and claimed "if I win in my category, I will eat my own toe."

Hugh's co-stars Brendan Coyle, who stars as valet John Bates, and Jim Carter, who plays the butler Carson, will go head to head for the title of outstanding supporting actor in a drama series.

Meanwhile Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are also hoping to walk away with an award from what is often described as the Oscars of television. The pair are in the running for outstanding lead actor and outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or a movie respectively.


Benedict described the support and attention from fans as being "overwhelming" and looked equally as excited about proceedings as the ladies from Downton.

Other British TV talent that has been recognised is celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, whose show, Food Revolution, could take the title of outstanding reality programme, London-born Emma Thompson and presenter Cat Deeley.

2012 Emmy Award Nominations 

  • Outstanding Drama Series
    Boardwalk Empire
    Breaking Bad
    Downton Abbey
    Mad Men
    Game of Thrones

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
    Glenn Close in Damages
    Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey
    Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife
    Kathy Bates in Harry’s Law
    Clare Danes in Homeland
    Elisabeth Moss in Mad Men

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
    Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire
    Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad
    Michael C. Hall in Dexter
    Damian Lewis in Homeland
    Jon Hamm in Mad Men
    Hugh Bonneville in Downton Abbey

  • Supporting Actress
    Anna Gunn in Breaking Bad
    Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey
    Joanne Froggatt in Downton Abbey
    Archie Panjabi in The Good Wife
    Christine Baranski in The Good Wife
    Christina Hendricks in Mad Men

  • Supporting Actor
    Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad
    Giancarlo Esposito in Breaking Bad
    Brendan Coyle in Downton Abbey
    Jim Carter in Downton Abbey
    Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones
    Jared Harris in Mad Men

  • Miniseries or TV Movie
    Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia

    American Horror Story
    Game Change
    Hatfields & McCoys
    Hemingway & Gellhorn

  • Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
    Emma Thompson in The Song of Lunch
    Connie Britton in American Horror Story
    Julianne Moore in Game Change
    Nicole Kidman in Hemingway & Gellhorn
    Ashley Judd in Missing

  • Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
    Idris Elba in Luther
    Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
    Woody Harrelson in Game Change
    Kevin Costner in Hatfields & McCoys
    Bill Paxton in Hatfields & McCoys
    Clive Owen in Hemingway & Gellhorn

  • Comedy Series
    The Big Bang Theory
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Modern Family
    30 Rock

  • Comedy Actor
    Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory
    Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Don Cheadle in House of Lies
    Louis C.K. in Louie
    Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock
    Jon Cryer in Two and a Half Men

  • Comedy Actress
    Lena Dunham in Girls
    Melissa McCarthy in Mike & Molly
    Zooey Deschanel in New Girl
    Edie Falco in Nurse Jackie
    Amy Poehler in Parks and Recreation
    Tina Fey in 30 Rock
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep
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