U.K. stars ruled the International Emmy Awards on Monday (23Nov09) as British thespians Julie Walters and Ben Whishaw scooped the top acting honours.
Nominees from the United Kingdom swept the board at the New York ceremony, which honoured excellence in TV programming outside the U.S., winning gold in five of the nine categories in which British stars or programmes were nominated.
Whishaw was named Best Actor for his role in BBC series Criminal Justice, while Walters' performance in A Short Stay in Switzerland landed her the Best Actress prize, reports Daily Variety.
The U.K. also triumphed in the best documentary and arts categories, as well as scooping the award for best programming for children and young people.
Japanese series Hoshi Shinichi’s Short Shorts was namechecked as the best comedy, while Danish show The Protectors was voted top drama.