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Britain rules at International Emmy Awards

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Nov 25, 2013 | 4:27pm EST

Britain dominated the 2013 International Emmy Awards in the U.S. on Monday night (25Nov13), picking up three awards, including Best Actor for Sean Bean. The former Game of Thrones star nabbed the top acting prize for his role as a cross-dresser in U.K. TV show Accused, and was overwhelmed upon receiving the honour at the Big Apple's Hilton Hotel. He gushed, "I've never actually won anything. Thank you. I really am so happy." Irish actor Chris O'Dowd also scored his first Emmy as he took home the prize for his series Moone Boy, which won in the Comedy category. Rounding out the country's wins was documentary Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender, which focuses on the late Queen frontman's solo projects outside of the legendary band. It tied for the arts programming award with South Korea's Hello?! Orchestra. Director J.J. Abrams was also feted with the International Emmy Founders Award, a prize given to an individual who has crossed cultural boundaries to inspire audiences around the world. Upon receiving the honour from Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto, Abrams confessed, "I feel unworthy... I feel genuinely grateful. It's a privilege to work in the television medium." Brazil and France each won two Emmys, including the best actress award for Brazil's Fernanda Montenegro. In addition, Australia, South Korea and Germany each received one award. British comic John Oliver hosted the event, which recognises excellence in international television programming outside of the U.S.

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