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'Sherlock', 'Downton Abbey' and 'The Night Manager' win at Emmy awards 2016

Ellie Walker-Arnott

British stars won big at last night's Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. 'Sherlock', 'Downton Abbey' actress Maggie Smith and 'The Night Manager' director Susanne Bier were among those taking home Emmy trophies. 

BBC1 detective drama 'Sherlock', which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, won best TV movie for its most recent episode 'The Abominable Bride'. While Dame Maggie Smith was recognised in the supporting actress category for her final 'Downton' season as the quick-witted Dowager Countess. She wasn't there to collect her award, and she shouldn't expect it to arrive in the post, joked host Jimmy Kimmel, saying: 'We're not mailing this to her. Maggie, if you want this, it will be in the lost and found.'

Bier, who is currently rumoured to be the next James Bond director, also picked up a prize for her BBC1 adaptation of the John le Carre novel 'The Night Manager', which starred Tom Hiddleston and Olivia Coleman. 

'This is such a traditional men's world, and I hope the fact a woman director has won this prestigious prize is going to mean that more non-conventional series and movies are going to be directed by women,' she said of her win on this morning's 'BBC Breakfast.'

But the night's big success story belonged to 'Game of Thrones', which won 12 of the 24 categories it was nominated in, including best drama series for a second year in a row. The new additions to the show's already bulging trophy cabinet broke another record and the fantasy series has now surpassed 'Frasier' as the most award-winning scripted show in Emmy history. 

Other Emmy winners included 'The People vs OJ Simpson', 'Mr Robot', 'Orphan Black' and 'Veep.'

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