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  • 11 July 2014, 7:38

Game Of Thrones Is Top Emmy Award Nominee

Game Of Thrones leads the way in this year's Emmy nominations, which are also packed with British talent.

HBO's fantasy series, which airs on Sky Atlantic in the UK, received 19 nods, including for best drama series and for Diana Rigg who plays Lady Olenna Tyrell.

It was followed by Fargo with 18 nominations, including one for Martin Freeman for lead actor in a miniseries. The British actor is also nominated for a supporting role as Dr Watson in the Sherlock series.

The meth kingpin drama Breaking Bad was next in line with 16 nominations for its final season, including best drama and a best actor nod for star Bryan Cranston.

Cranston is up against Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Matthew McConaughey (True Detective), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Woody Harrelson (True Detective) and Kevin Spacey (House Of Cards) in the lead actor in a drama series category.

British stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Freeman and Idris Elba will be competing for the lead actor in a miniseries or movie prize, alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Mark Ruffalo.

In the competitive best drama series category, Game of Thrones will compete against Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, House of Cards, Mad Men and True Detective.

British actress Michelle Dockery is nominated for her role in Downton Abbey.

Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Claire Danes (Homeland), Julianne Margulies (The Good Wife), Kerry Washington (Scandal) and Robin Wright (House of Cards) are also named in the lead actress in a drama series category.

Dame Maggie Smith and Joanne Froggatt are nominated in the supporting actress category for their roles in Downton.

Helena Bonham Carter is up for actress in a miniseries or movie for her portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor in Burton And Taylor.

Online streaming company Netflix more than doubled its nominations for TV's highest honours last year, reaching 31 with political thriller House of Cards earning 13 nods and Orange Is The New Black a dozen.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented on August 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Seth Meyers.

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