Emmy Nominations: BBC America Scores Five Nods Including ‘Luther,’ Idris Elba

‘Luther’ earned nominations for Best Movie/Miniseries and Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries.

Today’s Primetime Emmy nominations (July 19) featured a boatload of British imports, including some names very familiar to viewers of BBC America’s Dramaville. Luther was nominated for Best Miniseries or TV Movie for its second installment, and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba scored his second consecutive Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie.

BBC America’s The Hour (Abi Morgan) and Luther (Neil Cross) received nominations for Miniseries writing, a category in which they face Doctor Who lead writer/executive producer Steven Moffat, who is nominated for writing Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia. Luther is also up for Best Directing (Sam Miller) against Sherlock‘s Paul McGuigan.

Perry Simon, General Manager of BBC America, said: “It’s been an extraordinary year for Dramaville, our weekly home for great British drama. We’re thrilled for Idris, Neil, Sam and the Luther team and Abi on her recognition for The Hour. It’s a great time for British talent!”

Meanwhile, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia is also up for Best Miniseries, with stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman vying in the Lead Actor and Supporting Actor races. Sadly, there was no Andrew Scott, who took home a BAFTA for playing the deliciously wicked Moriarty in Sherlock.

But the biggest UK story could be the love for Downton Abbey, which moved from the Miniseries categories to the highly competitive Drama Series races. And it scored 16 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, Best Actress for Michelle Dockery, and Best Actor for Hugh Bonneville. And it reaped a number of nods for its supporting cast, including Dame Maggie Smith and Joanne Froggatt for Outstanding Supporting Actress and Brendan Coyle and Jim Carter for Supporting Actor.

Other Brits grabbing nominations include Damian Lewis for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Homeland and Emma Thompson for The Song of Lunch. The BBC/Discovery co-pro Frozen Planet earned a big nomination in the Outstanding Nonfiction Series category.

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards are handed out Sunday, September 23 on ABC. For the full list of nominees, go to the official Emmys site.

Which Brit nominee are you most excited to see on the list?

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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