Corby actor Brendan misses out on an Emmy

Corby actor Brendan Coyle as valet Bates in  television drama Downton Abbey
Corby actor Brendan Coyle as valet Bates in television drama Downton Abbey
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Corby actor and Downton Abbey star Brendan Coyle missed out on a gong at the Emmy Awards.

Brendan, who grew up in the town and plays valet John Bates in the period drama, was nominated for a best supporting actor award.

But one of the country’s most famous actresses and one of its newer stars brought home awards as part of a large British pack who were nominated.

At a glitzy ceremony in Los Angeles last night (Sunday, September 23), Dame Maggie Smith picked up an award for her portrayal of the grand Dowager Countess of Grantham in the country house series and Damian Lewis hailed a “golden age” of television as he scooped a gong for his role in espionage thriller Homeland, which counts Barack Obama as a fan.

His award kicked off a golden night for the series, which beat Downton Abbey, Mad Men and others to win the best drama Emmy.

Other Brits up for awards who were disappointed included Jim Carter, who plays the butler Carson in Downton Abbey and Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman who were surpassed for the acting gongs in the mini-series of movie categories.