Sopranos leads the field in the Emmys

The Sopranos leads the field in this year’s Emmy nominations while Extras and Prime Suspect represent British hopes.

The Sopranos leads the field in this year’s Emmy nominations while Extras and Prime Suspect represent British hopes.

The Mob drama, which bowed out earlier this year, is up for 15 awards including best actor for James Gandolfini.

Ugly Betty has 11 nominations including best actress in a comedy for America Ferrara.

Grey’s Anatomy and sci-fi series Heroes also feature strongly.

Extras has four nominations including best actor in a comedy series for Ricky Gervais – up against Steve Carell for his starring role in the US version of The Office.

Gervais and partner Stephen Merchant share nominations for best director and best writing, while Ian McKellen is up for best guest star.

The final Prime Suspect also has four nominations – best actress in a miniseries or movie for Dame Helen Mirren, best direction, best miniseries and best writing.

Channel 4’s Longford, a drama about the penal reform campaigner who befriended Moors Murderer Myra Hindley, is a contender in five categories, including best actor in a miniseries or movie for Jim Broadbent and best supporting actress for Samantha Morton.

There are also nominations for Hugh Laurie (best actor in a drama for his role as an irascible doctor in House) and Minnie Driver (best actress in a drama for her performance as a con artist in The Riches).

The best actress in a comedy category pits Ugly Betty’s America Ferrara against Felicity Huffman for Desperate Housewives.

The BBC’s Rome drama, Jane Eyre adaptation and Planet Earth series also picked up a slew of nominations.

The Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will take place on September 16 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

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