It’s a British invasion for yet another year – Ricky Gervais, Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent are among a host of top UK talent nominated this year for a prestigious Emmy Award.

Nominees for the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced in an early morning press conference in North Hollywood.

Ricky Gervais’ Extras is nominated in four categories, including Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series for Ricky himself. But he’ll be going head to head in many categories with Steve Carell and the American version of his UK hit The Office, which has picked up nine nods.

Prime Suspect: The Final Act receives four nominations, including one for Helen Mirren as Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie and Outstanding Miniseries for the programme itself.

Hugh Laurie’s House also picks up four. But perhaps the surprise UK hit of this year in the States was Longford – a one-off programme which dramatised Lord Longford’s visits to see child killer Myra Hindley.

The programme picks up five nominations, including Outstanding Made For Television Movie, Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie for Jim Broadbent and Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries for Samantha Morton.

As for the American shows, well long-running mob series The Sopranos pretty much dominates the field with 15 nominations after airing its final episode in the States last month. Ugly Betty follows close behind with 11, and Grey’s Anatomy features in 10 different categories.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony in the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles on Sunday, September 16.