“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Emmy history: Second nom
The case: It was a rough year for Bonneville's Lord Grantham. First, he makes a huge investment that goes bust, leaving the estate near bankruptcy, and then he follows poor medical advice that may have been responsible for his daughter's death. The storylines presented fresh challenges for Bonneville as the elegant patriarch of the family.
Trivia: Bonneville's professional acting debut in 1986 was as an understudy to Ralph Fiennes in a production of “A Midsummer Night's Dream.”