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UK actors lead Emmy nominations

Julie Walters
Walters played a character who had progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP)

The UK is leading the pack at this year's International Emmy awards with nine nominations, including best drama for Spooks.

Julie Walters is up for best actress for A Short Stay In Switzerland, as a terminally ill woman who ends her own life in a Zurich clinic.

The script for the one-off BBC drama was based on a true story.

David Frost will also receive the Emmy Founders Award at the ceremony in New York on 23 November.

Ben Whishaw is in the running for best actor for his role in Criminal Justice.

TV star Graham Norton will host the awards show.

British nominees
Arts programming - The Mona Lisa Curse, Oxford Film and TV for Channel 4
Best actor - Ben Whishaw for Criminal Justice, BBC One
Best actress - Julie Walters for A Short Stay in Switzerland, BBC One
Children and Young People - Dustbin Baby, Kindle Entertainment for CBBC
Best Comedy - Peter Kay's Britain's Got the Pop Factor, Phil McIntyre/Goodnight Vienna for Channel 4
Best documentary - The Ascent of Money, Chimerica for Channel 4
Best drama series - Spooks, Kudos Film and TV Ltd
Non-scripted Entertainment - I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, ITV
TV Movie or mini-series - The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall, Talkback Thames for Channel 4

Brazil has five nominations, including best comedy for The Slum.

Mexico's Capadocia, set in a fictional women's prison rife with corruption, is up for three awards - best drama, best actress and best actor.

"I think we need this kind of TV, we need to portray what happens in our country," said Cecilia Suarez, nominated for best actress.

First for Thailand

Oscar Olivares, who also stars in the hit drama, is up for best actor.

Thailand received its first nomination for children's programme Lharn Poo Koo E-Joo.

"We hope the first-time nomination from Thailand will inspire more producers from many more countries to follow in their footsteps and enter the competition," said Bruce L Paisner, president and CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

China's Ultimate Rescue was nominated twice - for best TV movie or mini-series and best actor (Chen Li).

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger will present Markus Schachter with the International Emmy Directorate Award for his leadership of Germany's ZDF TV network.

In total, there are are 41 nominees in 10 categories from 17 countries around the world, excluding the US.



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