Kate Winslet and Idris Elba were among the TV greats honoured ay last Fridayâs Golden Globes ceremony.
These top British exports earned their awards for their work on Mildred Pierce and Luther respectively.
Treasured British drama series from the ingenious mind of Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey, was also recognised as best Mini-Series or Movie beating off the likes of fellow Brit drama, The Hour.
From a stiff category including Romola Garai (The Hour) and Emily Watson (Appropriate Adult), Winslet was awarded Best Actress for her role in the HBO drama. Acclaim for her performance stretched both sides of the Atlantic with The New York Times dubbing her âamazingâ? in her role as beleaguered housewife, Mildred.
Elba, who shot to TV fame in America with his role as the notorious Stringer Bell in The Wire, beat a bevvy of British men to the top spot. Hugh Bonneville, Bill Nighy and fellow wire co-star, Dominc West were all sent home empty-handed after Elba scooped the prize.
Not taking an awards home, however, was Ricky Gervais. His toned down performance was branded âcareer-endingâ? by Deadline Hollywood while The Huff Post called his tame joke-telling, âboringâ? and âstaleâ?.
Apparently he cannot win when it comes to pleasing the Golden Globe crowd; Last year he riled the likes of Tim Allen (God forbid), Angelina Jolie and Robert Downey Jr. with his brutal quips. We think it might be time for him to ditch that particular gigâ¦
The other winners on the night included:
Best TV Series or Drama – Homeland
Best Series, Musica or Comedy – Modern Family
Best Actress in Drama – Claire Danes
Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy – Laura Dern (Enlightened)
Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy – Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
Best Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series or Series – Jessica Lange (American Horror Story)
Best Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series or Series – Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)