DAMIEN LEWIS and Dame Maggie Smith both won Emmys at the prestigious US TV awards show last might, but that was it as far as British success went, despite Brits being on plenty of nomination lists.

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Lewis, who won the Series Actor in a Drama prize for his role in Homeland, introduced himself to the audience as “one of those pesky Brits” and admitted he thought Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, who has won the accolade three times, would be victorious in the category again this year.

Speaking backstage, he said: “I was quite convinced that he’d be walking up again tonight.”

Dame Maggie Smith took home the Supporting Actress award for her role in Downton Abbey, but that was it for the snob/servant series, which had been up for 16 Emmys.

But there were none of the main awards for Sherlock, which had 13 nominations.

US sitcom Modern Family was the big winner on the night, grabbing four prizes including the top comedy honour and accolades for Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor in a Comedy.

As well as Lewis’s trophy, Homeland upstaged some of the more established programmes by winning three other drama series honours.

Two and a Half Men picked up two prizes thanks to Jon Cryer and Kathy Bates winning the Lead Actor and Guest Actress in a Comedy accolades.

The ceremony – which was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles – ended with a touching moment as Michael J. Fox, who has been battling Parkinson’s disease for several years, receiving a standing ovation when he went up to present the final award of the night.

He said: “I’m steady as a rock.”