Cumberbatch, Walters win best acting kudos

Julian Fellowes’ U.K. period drama “Downton Abbey” triumphed over the BBC’s contempo reworking of Sherlock Holmes, “Sherlock,” at the Broadcasting Press Guild awards.

“Downton Abbey,” which missed out earlier this month at the Royal Television Society’s Program Awards, won the prize for best drama series at the event, held Friday at London’s Theater Royal, Drury Lane. Produced by NBC-owned Carnival Films, “Downton Abbey” was a breakout hit for ITV1 in the fall.

But there was consolation for “Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch, who took the actor prize. Julie Walters received the actress trophy for her title role in Channel 4 political biopic “Mo,” the story of British pol Mo Mowlam, also named best single drama.

Rock musician-turned-particle physicist Brian Cox, widely regarded as British TV’s most exciting TV presenter, scooped the prize for performer in a nonacting role, while his BBC show “Wonders of the Solar System” won for docu series.

Brit comedienne Miranda Hart, a rising star on the local TV scene, won for comedy program for “Miranda,” which features slapstick and a return to feel-good humor after the dark comedy of fare like “The Office.”

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