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Little Dorrit leads UK Emmy awards charge

Drama nominated in 11 categories

The BBC’s Little Dorrit will head the British charge for glory at this year’s Emmy Awards, with the drama nominated in 11 categories.

Charles Dickens’ timeless rags-to-riches story concerns the vacillating fortunes of the Dorrit family. The kind-hearted Amy (Claire Foy), the Little Dorrit of the title, looks after her proud father, William (Tom Courtenay) who is a long-term inmate of Marshalsea debtors’ prison in London.

The adaptation is up for the outstanding mini-series title, while actors Tom Courtenay and Andy Serkis both received a nod for their supporting roles.

They join a host of British thespians being recognised with nominations for the US television awards. Hugh Laurie, Sir Ian McKellen and Kenneth Branagh are all up for lead actor titles.

Irish actor Brendon Gleeson has also been given a nod for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the BBC/HBO joint-venture Into the Storm.

Award winners will be announced at a glitzy ceremony in Los Angeles on September 20.

Tina Fey’s comedy, 30 Rock, looks set to be the night’s big winner, having received 22 nominations.

Source: Press & Journal


  1. I saw the Emmy list today and saw Little Dorrit nominated for best minisseries. I was disappointed that I did not see Clair’s name in the best actress catagory.

  2. That’s why awards don’t make any sense – as intriguing as they are. Andy Serkis over Claire (or Matthew)?!!

  3. Aww that’s a shame Claire wasn’t nominated but congrats to Little Dorrit for gathering up 11 nominations anyway! 🙂

  4. Andy did a nice job, but i thought Clair stole the show. It was that “face”. that brought us back week after week. Andrew Davies in his interview said the same thing. I think we all fell in love with Little Doritt,

  5. I so loved this mini series. I must admit unfortunately I had never heard or seen anything about Tom Courtenay outside of the great Yo La Tengo song with his name as title, but loving Dickens, seeing the great Tom C in action, and the lovely Claire.. – all the cast stunning; it was a great joy and I am SO HAPPY that the series was nominated at all, let alone winning some awards. Kudos to all at the Beeb and WGBH. Keep up the stellar work.

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