Imelda Staunton: Brit TV ‘Upped Its Game’ with ‘Sherlock,’ ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Broadchurch’

Imelda Staunton at the BAFTA TV Tea Party on September 21.  (Photo: Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)

Imelda Staunton at the BAFTA TV Tea Party on September 21. (Photo: Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)

Imelda Staunton is one-half of a British TV Emmy power couple: she’s nominated this Sunday (September 22) for her role as Alfred Hitchcock‘s wife Alma in HBO’s The Girl, while her husband of 30 years, Jim Carter, is up for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for playing Mr. Carson on Downton Abbey. Staunton is proud of the huge British presence in American television and says that the U.S. TV has helped British telly improve in recent years.

“The writing in America has made us go, ‘C’mon now, let’s up our game,” she said at the BAFTA Los Angeles TV tea party yesterday (September 21). “With something like Downton, we’ve done costume drama, and the BBC with Cranford. That’s what we do very well. But now from Sherlock to Doctor Who having its rebirth and Broadchurch, all these new things, I think we’re upping our game.”

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We also spoke with Staunton’s hubby, Jim Carter, about Brits who’ve made the trek to Hollywood. (Don’t expect him to be one of them.)

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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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