The U.K. proved to have the best television of the year on Monday night (14Nov14), with Brits winning three top prizes at the 2014 International Emmy Awards on Monday night (24Nov14).

Nominees from Britain came out on top at the New York ceremony, which honours excellence in Tv programming outside the U.S.

The Tunnel star Stephen Dillane was honoured with the Best Performance by an Actor prize, while crime thriller Utopia won Best Drama Series, and school-based docu-series Educating Yorkshire landed the award for Non-Scripted Entertainment.

Other winners included Dutch star Bianca Krijgsman (Best Performance By An Actress) and Belgium's show Wat als 2?, which won Best Comedy.

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner was honoured with the Founders Award in recognition of his contribution to Tv, and the show's stars Christina Hendricks and John Slattery were on hand to present the prize to him.

Ceo and President of Latin American media group Globo Organisation, Roberto Marinho Irineu, received the Directorate Award.

Other presenters at the prizegiving included actors Matt Lucas, Laverne Cox, Carrie Preston and Darby Stanchfield and rapper 50 Cent.

The full list of winners is:

Arts Programming - The Exhibition (Canada)

Best Performance By An Actor - Stephen Dillane, The Tunnel (United Kingdom)

Best Performance By An Actress - Bianca Krijgsman, De Nieuwe Wereld (The New World, Netherlands)

Comedy - Wat als 2? (What if? season 2, Belgium)

Documentary - Frihet Bakom Galler (No Burqas Behind Bars, Sweden)

Drama Series - Utopia (United Kingdom)

Non-Scripted Entertainment - Educating Yorkshire (United Kingdom)

Telenovela - Precious Pearl (Brazil)

Tv Movie/Mini-Series - Unsere Mutter, Unsere Vater (Generation War, Germany)

Non-English Language U.S. Primetime Program - El Senor de los Cielos (U.S.)

Founders Award - Matthew Weiner

Directorate Award - Roberto Marinho Irineu.