Golden Globes 2012: Kate Winslet, Downton Abbey Lead British Wins

Kate Winslet

The Huffington Post UK   First Posted: 16/01/12 05:24 Updated: 16/01/12 12:05

Kate Winslet still manages to look surprised at award ceremonies, despite winning more trophies than most in the last few years.

The British actress picked up a Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made For Television, for her role in Mildred Pierce.

Winslet, who beat fellow Brits Romola Garai (The Hour) and Emily Watson (Appropriate Adult) as well as Elizabeth McGovern and Diane Lane, expressed her surprise and gratitude for "putting me in a category in with such heavyweight actresses, who I am honoured to stand alongside".

Winslet was reported to be bringing her new love Ned RocknRoll to the event, but appeared on the red carpet alone.

Meanwhile, Downton Abbey continued its transatlantic sweep, with a Golden Globe for Best TV Drama, Mini-Series or Motion Picture.

The award was collected by writer and executive producer Sir Julian Fellowes, who said in his speech:

"How fabulous this is. The whole Downton adventure has been extraordinary, like having a promising child and waking up to find they've won the Olympics."

It was a great night for the Brits, with Idris Elba also triumphing in the Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture on TV category, for his role as unorthodox detective Luther.

It would have been a long shot for a non-Brit to win this award. Elba was up against Hugh Bonneville for Downton Abbey, Bill Nighy for spy drama Page Eight, his old Wire co-star Dominic West for The Hour and one non-Brit, William Hurt (Too Big To Fail).

Click here for a full list of winners at this year's Golden Globe Awards

SLIDESHOW: Brits at the Globes...

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  • Host Ricky Gervais performs onstage during the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton International Ballroom in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/Getty Images)

  • Kate Winslet accepts award for Best Actress - Mini-Series or TV Movie 'Mildred Pierce' onstage during the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/Getty Images)

  • Actress Kate Winslet arrives at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage)

  • Idris Elba accepts the award for Best Actor - Mini-Series or TV Movie 'Luther' onstage during the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/ Getty Images)

  • Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and Sidney Poitier pose in the press room at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)

  • Helen Mirren appears onstage during the 69th Annual Golden Globe Award in Los Angeles. (Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/AP)

  • The cast winners for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 'Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)' pose with the trophy at the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern arrive at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

  • Actors Damian Lewis and Claire Danes pose in the press room with the Best Television Series - Drama award for 'Homeland' at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Actor Colin Firth and his wife Livia Giuggioli arrive at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage)

  • Emily Blunt appears during the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/AP)

  • Nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television Bill Nighy poses on the red carpet for the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Actress Tilda Swinton arrives at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards. (Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage)

  • Actress Kate Beckinsale poses for the photographers during the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Director Len Wiseman and wife actress Kate Beckinsale arrive at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards. (Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage)

  • Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory arrive at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

  • Actor/Director Kenneth Branagh and wife Lindsay Brunnock arrive at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

  • Emily Watson and Jeremy Irvine arrive at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

  • Gerard Butler and actress Mila Kunis present an award onstage during the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/Getty Images)

  • Writer Julian Fellowes and Emma Kitchener Fellowes arrive at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

  • Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon arrive at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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