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Golden Globes 2012: Downton Abbey and Homeland triumph

Downton Abbey

Story by Jack Foley

ITV’S period drama Downton Abbey has landed more US success with a Golden Globe for best mini-series.

The Julian Fellowes-scripted series, which also found major success at the Emmys last year, led a British charge by beating the likes of HBO’s Mildred Pierce and Too Big To Fail to the trophy.

The success prompted a delighted Fellowes to say: “How fabulous this is. The whole Downton Abbey adventure has been an extraordinary one, like spotting a promising child and waking up to find they won the Olympics.”

He also thanked the show’s devoted audience on both sides of the Atlantic, “because it’s the audience that makes a success”.

Furthering the British cause among the television categories was Kate Winslet, who picked up her third Globe for playing the heroine of the Depression-set drama Mildred Pierce.

She commented: “Mildred Pierce was the definition of a team effort, and I want to share this with our team leader, our brilliant director Todd Haynes.”

Winslet’s award can be added to those she has already received for her movie work in Revolutionary Road and The Reader.

A further British triumph came in the form of Luther, the British police drama aired by BBC America, which earned Idris Elba the Globe for best actor in a mini-series.

Of the other big TV winners, Homeland, about the battle against terrorism, was named best dramatic TV series and best drama series actress for its leading lady, Claire Danes, who won a Globe last year for Temple Grandin.

Ensemble comedy Modern Family took home the comedy honours once again although none of its stars triumphed among the personal categories for comedy.

Instead, Matt LeBlanc won his first Globe for portraying a version of himself in BBC comedy Episodes, and Laura Dern won her third Globe for best actress in a television comedy series for her performance in HBO’s Enlightened as a woman who undergoes a spiritual awakening.

Also landing a third Globe was Kelsey Grammer, who added to the two Globes he collected during the run of Frasier, with another for best dramatic TV series actor for his turn as a Chicago mayor in Starz’s Boss.

Going even better, Jessica Lange, who has previously won four of the awards for her work in both film and TV, took home a fifth trophy as best TV supporting actress for her psychopathic mum in FX’s American Horror Story.

In delivering her acceptance speech, she praised the show’s writers “because I find it more and more rare, or rarer, every year to find a piece of work that is beautifully written.”

Peter Dinklage, meanwhile, proved victorious in the best TV supporting actor category for playing Tyrion Lannister in the fantasy series Game of Thrones.

View the main winners at a glance or find out who won what in the movie categories