Corby-born Downton Abbey star nominated for Emmy award

Corby Theatre, Corby Cube. Pic of Brendan Coyle performing with young dancers
Corby Theatre, Corby Cube. Pic of Brendan Coyle performing with young dancers
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Corby-born actor Brendan Coyle has been nominated for an Emmy award.

The star of Downton Abbey has today been named in the supporting actor in a drama series category.

In competition with him for the accolade are Aaron Paul for Breaking Bad, Giancarlo Esposito for Breaking Bad, Jim Carter for Downton Abbey, Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones and Jared Harris for Mad Men.

But Coyle, who plays valet John Bates in the hugely popular period drama, is not the only nominee from Downton Abbey - fellow stars shortlisted for an award include Hugh Bonneville for lead actor in a drama series and Maggie Smith and Joanne Froggatt, who are competing against each other for the supporting actress in a drama series gong.

The show itself is nominated in the drama series category, going up against Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Game Of Thrones, Homeland and Mad Men.

Coyle, whose mother and other family members still live in Corby, is a patron of Lakelands Hospice in the town and returned to the county earlier this year when he attended two shows at The Core theatre staged by his cousin Helen King’s dance school.

The 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards will be held on September 23.