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Julian Fellowes triumphs at the Emmy Awards

19th September 2011

Novelist and screenwriter Julian Fellowes was among the big winners at last night's Emmy Awards, as his Edwardian drama Downton Abbey picked up four gongs at the star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles.

The programme won the awards for best mini-series, best director and best supporting actress for Dame Maggie Smith.

Fellowes also picked up the gong for outstanding writing in a mini-series, much to the surprise of the 62-year-old, who said the programme's victory was akin to a famous biblical battle.

'This is really a David and Goliath story, except in this case Goliath was some wonderful shows that we were up against, and it seems perfectly extraordinary that we've won,' he added.

The programme airs on ITV in the UK and has been a huge hit with UK audiences, with US viewers on the PBS network equally absorbed.

Fellowes, who also won an Academy Award for his Gosford Park screenplay in 2002, collected the writing and best mini-series awards in person and was joined on stage to pick up the second gong by the production crew and members of the cast.

He added: 'This evening is such a marvellous moment in all our lives because this evening it came right.'

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