With 'Breaking Bad', 'Homeland' and 'Modern Family' sharing the glory at this year's Emmy Awards, many British nominees in the top categories were forced to leave the ceremony empty-handed.

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'The Hour' starring Dominic West was the Emmy Awards 2013 only British winner in a leading category

All except one.

Abi Morgan scooped a gong for Best Writing in a Mini-Series or Movie, for her work on nostalgic BBC drama 'The Hour' - starring Dominic West, Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw, which was cancelled in the UK after its second series.

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Abi Morgan was a surprise winner at this year's Awards

Better-known faces like Damian Lewis and Hugh Bonneville lost out to actor Jeff Daniels ('The Newroom') in the Best Actor in a Drama category - the biggest upset of the night with 'Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston the stand-out favourite - and 'Sherlock' star Benedict Cumberbatch was beaten by the firm favourite in the Best Actor In a Movie or Mini-Series category, Michael Douglas for his turn as Liberace in 'Behind the Candelabra'.

All the winners from the night here:

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  • "Breaking Bad"

    Outstanding Drama Series

  • "Modern Family"

    Outstanding Comedy Series

  • "Behind the Candelabra"

    Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

  • Michael Douglas, "Behind the Candelabra"

    Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries or Movie

  • Ellen Burstyn, "Political Animals"

    Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries or Movie

  • Steven Soderbergh, "Behind the Candelabra"

    Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries or Movie

  • James Cromwell, "American Horror Story: Asylum"

    Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries or Movie

  • Abi Morgan, "The Hour"

    Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries or Movie

  • "The Colbert Report"

    Outstanding Variety Series

  • Derek Hough, "Dancing With The Stars"

    Outstanding Choreography

  • Don Roy King, "Saturday Night Live"

    Outstanding Director In A Variety Series

  • "The Colbert Report"

    Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series

  • David Fincher, "House of Cards"

    Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series

  • Claire Danes, "Homeland"

    Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

  • Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom"

    Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

  • Bobby Cannavale, "Boardwalk Empire"

    Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

  • "The Voice"

    Outstanding Reality - Competition Program

  • Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"

    Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

  • Henry Bromell, "Homeland"

    Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series

  • Laura Linney, "The Big C: Hereafter"

    Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

  • Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

    Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

  • Gail Mancuso, "Modern Family"

    Outstanding Directing In A Comedy Series

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"

    Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

  • Tony Hale, "Veep"

    Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

  • Tina Fey, "30 Rock"

    Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

  • Merritt Wever, "Nurse Jackie"

    Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

  • Carrie Preston, "The Good Wife"

    Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

  • Dan Bucatinsky, "Scandal"

    Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series

  • Melissa Leo, "Louie"

    Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Bob Newhart, "The Big Bang Theory"

    Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, "Project Runway"

    Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program

  • Louis C.K., "Louis C.K.: Oh My God"

    Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special

  • Louis J. Horvitz, "The Kennedy Center Honors"

    Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special

  • "The Kennedy Center Honors"

    Outstanding Variety Special

  • "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God"

    Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking

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