‘Sherlock’ a surprise winner at the Emmy Awards

'Breaking Bad' dominates but Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman both honoured

BBC One drama Sherlock scooped a surprise hat-trick of awards at the US Primetime Emmys in Los Angeles last night.

During an evening where Breaking Bad dominated, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman won best actor and best supporting actor in a mini-series. Neither were at the event to collect their awards.

Sherlock’s co-creator Steven Moffat was at the ceremony to receive the award for outstanding writing in a mini-series while Freeman’s success at the ceremony continued as new FX show Fargo won outstanding mini-series. Sherlock also won four technical awards.

Other British nominees for television’s Oscars included Idris Elba for Luther and Lena Headey for Game of Thrones.

Breaking Bad and Modern family scooped the top awards for drama and comedy to emerge as the big winners at the 66th Annual Emmy Awards last night.

The Emmys offered few other surprises as the final season of Breaking Bad swept the board in the main drama categories. Bryan Cranston won best actor while co-stars Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn were honoured for their supporting roles in the show.

Vince Gilligan’s drug saga also picked up best drama series. Accepting an award the show’s creator said: “Thank you so much for this wonderful farewell, you have been very kind to us indeed.”

True Detective‘s Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey may have lost out to Cranston but Cary Fukunaga picked up the best director award for his work on the first season of Nic Pizzolatto’s crime drama.

Modern Family won best comedy series for the fifth consecutive year. Ahead of the ceremony Game of Thrones was leading the overall race with 19 nominations but was shut out on the night.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus appeared in a spoof Emmy promo last week with Breaking Bad stars Cranston and Paul. The comic actor stretched her winning streak with a third consecutive award for best actress in a comedy series for her role in Veep. Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory won a fourth Emmy for best comedy actor.