Hugh Bonneville tips Bryan Cranston for acting Emmy

Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville has admitted he feels ’embarrassed’ by his Emmy nomination for best drama actor – and tipped fellow candidate Bryan Cranston to win the award.

The 49-year-old is one of six actors competing for the prize in Sunday night’s ceremony – with other nominees including Homeland’s Damian Lewis, The Newsroom’s Jeff Daniels, Jon Hamm for Mad Men and Kevin Spacey for House Of Cards.

 However Hugh – who according to the bookies is the 100-1 outsider to take the trophy – said that he would much rather see the Breaking Bad star triumph, and that he did not deserve the acclaim.

“I don’t think the pressure is on me, frankly,” he said at Bafta Los Angeles’ TV Tea, held by the organisation ahead of Sunday’s big night.

“I feel slightly embarrassed to have been nominated alongside these amazing actors and much as I love the others I hope it is Bryan Cranston’s year because that show has been phenomenal and his performance has been extraordinary.

“He is a great actor, as are the others, but I think it’s Breaking Bad’s year.”

Hugh also joked that it took him a lot longer than his wife to complete his grooming for the red carpet.

“Luckily she gets dressed in three and a half minutes because I take four and a half hours of make up, there is a lot of sculpture going on and I can never decide which tie to wear, that takes forever,” he explained.

“She’s already down in the car, saying “What time do you call this?” I am a nightmare but I will get better over the years.”

The Emmys will take place at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre on Sunday night – with Downton in the running for 12 awards.