More US glory for Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais is threatening to scoop a raft of prizes at this year’s Emmy awards in America.

His series-ending Extras special has been nominated for four awards, including lead actor, outstanding writing and outstanding director. Ashley Jensen also snagged a nod for outstanding supporting actress for her role as Maggie Jacobs in the comedy series.

And they’re not the only Brits with smiles on their faces this morning. Hugh Laurie, Tom Wilkinson and Dame Judi Dench were also nominated for prizes at the 60th annual Primetime Emmys.

Kristin Chenoweth and Neil Patrick Harris made the nominations announcement this morning from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Hollywood, California.

Judging by the list it seems the UK is full of lead actors who have impressed America – Hugh Laurie got a nomination for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his turn as Dr Gregory House in House, Ralph Fiennes received one for his turn as Bernard Lafferty in the HBO film Bernard And Doris, and Tom Wilkinson was lauded for his role in TV movie Recount. He was also nominated for outstanding supporting actor for his portrayal of Benjamin Franklin in the presidential mini-series John Adams.

Dame Judi Dench won a nomination for outstanding lead actress in a mini-series or movie for playing Miss Matty Jenkyns in the BBC drama Cranford, which also received nominations for outstanding mini-series, outstanding casting and outstanding costumes.

Golden Globe winner Mad Men received 16 Emmy bids, while defending comedy champ 30 Rock was the most recognised series overall with 17 – breaking the nomination record for a comedy.

The awards will take place on September 21 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.