NEW YORK (AP) — British television productions received a leading seven International Emmy nominations Monday, including best actor and actress nods for Jason Isaacs in "Case Histories" and newcomer Joanna Vanderham in "The Runaway."
Isaacs, best known for playing the villainous Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, was nominated for his role in the series based on Kate Atkinson's crime mystery novels in which he portrays Jackson Brodie, an Edinburgh-based, tough-but-empathetic private detective with a tragic past.
Vanderham. who was plucked out of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to make her professional debut in "The Runaway," plays a young girl who grows up on the streets of London's sleazy Soho district in the '60s and '70s and has a doomed romance with a childhood sweetheart.
Britain had two nominees for best comedy: the Jennifer Saunders-Joanna Lumley sitcom "Absolutely Fabulous," which returned for three specials to mark its 20th anniversary, and "Spy," about a single father accidentally recruited as a trainee spy for MI5.
The other British nominees included "Queen: Days of Our Lives" (arts programming), "Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die" (documentary) and "Black Mirror" (TV movie/mini-series).
Brazil had five nominations, all for TV Globo productions, including "The Good Men" for TV movie/mini-series and "The Invisible Woman" for comedy.
Argentina's four nominations included two acting nods for the On TV miniseries "Television por la Inclusion" about problems related to social exclusion and inclusion. Dario Grandinetti, who starred in Pedro Almodovar's film "Talk to Her," was nominated for his portrayal of a xenophobic taxi driver, and Cristina Banegas, an award-winning theater, film and TV actress, was recognized for her role as the mother of a girl with Down syndrome who fights for her daughter's rights.
Singapore's "The Kitchen Musical," a "Glee"-like music-dance-drama revolving around the story of a young girl fresh out of a Parisian culinary school who goes to work in her father's famous restaurant, received two nominations, including for best drama series. Filipino Arthur Acuna got a best actor nomination for his role as the restaurant's general manager.
"The Kitchen Musical" will be competing for best drama with France's "Braquo," Hong Kong's "ICAC Investigators 2011," Australia's "The Slap" and Argentina's "The Social Leader." The other contender for comedy series is Belgium's "What If?
The other best actor nominees were Stein Winge for "Norwegian Cozy" and China's Zhu Yawen for "Flying Eagle." Denmark's Sidse Babett Knudsen for "Government" and Rina Sa for the Hong Kong production "Zhong Guo Di" were also among the actress nominees.