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Tatiana Maslany walks the red carpet at the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Announced this morning (July 14) by the Television Academy, BBC AMERICA earned top nods with four Primetime Emmy® nominations for Orphan Black and Luther. Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series while Luther scored nominations for star Idris Elba (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie), Outstanding TV Movie, and Outstanding Cinematography in a Limited Series or Movie.

Sarah Barnett, BBC AMERICA President, commented, “Tatiana and Idris are genius performers and the objects of extraordinary love from fans and critics.  These nominations are testimony to their phenomenal work on Orphan Black and Luther—stand out shows, even given the insanely high quality of the competition. BBCA is proud to be the home of such superlative talent, and super grateful to the Academy for this recognition.”

Maslany, breakout star of BBC AMERICA original series, Orphan Black, received her second Primetime Emmy Award® nomination for the complex multi-character performance of a young woman who discovers she is a clone—12 in total. The role has also won her two Critics’ Choice Awards, a Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild nomination, a Television Critics Association Award and a Young Hollywood Award. Orphan Black has also earned a Peabody Award.

“I feel truly humbled and honored to be nominated for this year’s Emmys,” said Maslany. “I’ve been lucky enough to spend the last four years doing a job I adore and I’m very grateful to the creators of our show and to the tireless team who help make it come alive. The show wouldn’t be possible, though, without the support of our extraordinary passionate fans. This nomination means so much to me and to all of us at Orphan Black. Thank you to the Academy!“

Idris Elba in BBC AMERICA's 'Luther.' (Photo: BBC AMERICA)
Idris Elba in BBC AMERICA’s ‘Luther.’ (Photo: BBC AMERICA)

BBC AMERICA’s Luther earned three Emmy® nominations including Outstanding Television movie—the third for the franchise—as well a fourth nomination for Idris Elba in the Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category. His iconic role as the self-destructive near-genius detective, John Luther, also won him a Golden Globe® award, his first Screen Actors Guild award, an NAACP Image Award and a Critics Choice Award.

“I am floored that I’ve been nominated, but I am even more excited that Luther has been nominated as well,” said star Idris Elba. “The success of Luther is so much due to the fans, and I hope they are as proud of this nomination as we are. OH BOY! What a category!”

For the full list of nominations, visit the Emmys website. The 68th Emmy® Awards will air live from The Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Sunday, September 18 on ABC.

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