Date: 19th September 2011

Winslet Leads Night Of Brit Success At Emmys

Kate Winslet has led a big night for British talent at the Emmys, picking up the award for outstanding lead actress.

Winslet took the gong for her part in Mildred Piece, a television mini-series screened on US channel HBO.

Accepting the award, the star said she wanted to share the gong with her mother.

"It doesn't matter how old you are or what you do in your life, you never stop needing your mum and I will never stop needing mine, so thanks mum, thank you so much," she said.

The 63rd Primetime Emmys ceremony in Los Angeles saw Mad Men win its fourth consecutive best drama series award, while Modern Family claimed its second best comedy trophy.

Downton Abbey, which launched its second series in the UK on Sunday night, was also honoured for its writing and directing, with gongs for Julian Fellowes and Brian Percival.

Writer Fellowes called the success of the show a "David and Goliath story", and said: "I would like to thank you, the American industry. Ten years ago you kick-started my second career with an Oscar, tonight you have nurtured it."

There was disappointment however for Hugh Laurie, who lost out to Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights in the lead actor in a drama series category. Scottish stars Kelly MacDonald, of Boardwalk Empire, and Alan Cumming, of The Good Wife, also went away empty-handed.

Source: Press Release