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24 wins best drama and actor at Emmys (2006)

Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in 24

Story by Jack Foley

KIEFER Sutherland was the toast of the 2006 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night (August 27) after his real-time thriller 24 won the best drama and actor awards.

Sutherland’s best actor triumph comes after four unsuccessful nominations in consecutive years and the star was understandably elated – as well as quite modest.

Describing his experience on the show as “nothing but remarkable”, the actor went on to say: “Every once in a while you’ll have an evening that just reminds you that you’re given too much – this is that evening.”

The acclaimed show also won a third award for best drama direction.

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British stars also enjoyed a successful night at the Emmys, US TV’s equivalent to the Oscars.

Dame Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons were named best actress and best supporting actor for the mini-series Elizabeth I.

And Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald, formerly of Trainspotting fame, was rewarded for her role in Richard Curtis’s TV movie The Girl in the Cafe, a drama set at the G8 conference.

Curtis himself picked up a writing award for the same programme.

The US version of Ricky Gervais’ The Office was named best comedy although its star, Steve Carell, missed out on the best actor award despite having been the favourite.

That honour went to Tony Shalhoub, who took home the trophy for the third time for his role as a detective with obsessive compulsive disorder in Monk.

In the best actress categories, Mariska Hargitay took the top prize for drama and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for comedy.

Hargitay was awarded for her acting in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, while Louis-Dreyfus won for The New Adventures of Old Christine.

Another of the favourites going into the evening was The West Wing, which many had tipped to break records by winning the best drama category for its final series.

But while it missed out in a lot of the top categories, it did pick up a prize for Alan Alda, who was named best supporting actor for his role as a Republican senator.

Alda’s Emmy means that The West Wing now rivals Hill Street Blues as the series to have amassed the most Emmys – 26 in total during its run.

Medical drama Grey’s Anatomy was also tipped as a challenger for The West Wing but didn’t pick up any awards at the ceremony.

And two of the biggest winners from 2005 – Lost and Desperate Housewives – also left empty-handed.

The prestigious ceremony was held at LA’s Shrine Auditorium and was hosted by talk show host Conan O’Brien.