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British actors dominate TV Globes
Emily Blunt

British actors collected the majority of the television acting honours at the Golden Globes ceremony in Hollywood.

Dame Helen Mirren, who also won a film acting Globe, and Jeremy Irons triumphed for Elizabeth I, which was named best mini-series.

Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt won awards for the TV film Gideon's Daughter, and Hugh Laurie won his second Globe for the US medical drama House.

Hospital show Grey's Anatomy and Ugly Betty were named best drama and comedy.

America Ferrera, who plays the title character in the fashion magazine-set Ugly Betty, collected the best comedy actress prize.

Alec Baldwin was named best comedy actor for 30 Rock, while Kyra Sedgwick won the best drama actress award for The Closer.

The Golden Globes are awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Majestic performances

Collecting the award for her performance in the title role of the Channel 4/HBO mini-series Elizabeth I, Dame Helen said: "Elizabeth I would have an amazing speech at this moment, wouldn't she?

"And then she would get very humble, and then she'd be teary, and then she'd be powerful. I have nothing to say but thank you very much."

GOLDEN GLOBES
Awarded by Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for film and television work
Considered Hollywood's second-biggest movie honours after the Academy Awards
Ceremony is unusual in dividing film awards into drama, musical or comedy categories
HFPA has more than 80 members, all international journalists, representing 55 countries

Co-star Irons said it had been "wonderful" to play opposite the actress in Elizabeth I.

"Why is it that the jobs that are the most fun are the ones that give you the awards?" he said. "It's like you don't deserve them."

Dame Helen also collected the Golden Globe for playing the current monarch, Elizabeth II, in the film The Queen, for which she has won numerous other honours and is overwhelming favourite for next month's Academy Award.

Speechless

Nighy, who won for his performance as a serial philanderer in the Stephen Poliakoff BBC drama Gideon's Daughter, said: "I used to think that prizes were demeaning and divisive, until I got one, and now they seem sort of meaningful and real."

His co-star Blunt, named best supporting actress, said: "This was a film very close to my heart. It was a film for anyone who has ever had a child or had a parent."

Hugh Laurie
House has made the British favourite a major US TV star
Laurie followed last year's best actor Golden Globe with another for the acclaimed drama House, which has made him one of the highest-paid actors on US TV.

The actor described his win as "stunning", adding: " I am speechless - I am literally without a speech."

Other British successes at the Los Angeles ceremony included Sacha Baron Cohen, named best actor in a film musical or comedy for Borat.

Screenwriter Peter Morgan collected the best screenplay award for The Queen.

Babel was named best film drama, and Dreamgirls best musical or comedy movie, while Martin Scorsese won the best director honour for The Departed.


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