Downton Abbey gets 16 Emmy nominations

Downton Abbey... or Highclere Castle as it is known in the real world (Credit: Rex)

‘Downton Abbey’ has received a total of 16 nominations at this year’s Emmy Awards.

The popular ITV show will compete against ‘Mad Men’, ‘Boardwalk Empire’, ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘Homeland’ and ‘Game Of Thrones’ in the prestigious Best Drama category.

‘Downton Abbey’ also received six nods for the series’ stars with Dame Maggie Smith, Joanne Froggatt, Brendan Coyle and Jim Carter all recognised for their roles.

Last year ‘Downton Abbey’ took home six Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special as well as Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Cinematography, Outstanding Costumes and Outstanding Miniseries.

The drama is set in the fictional Yorkshire country house and follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants during the reign of King George V.

Here is a full list of the most significant nomination categories:

Best drama series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Mad Men
Game Of Thrones

Best actor in a drama series
Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey)
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Michael C Hall (Dexter)
Damian Lewis (Homeland)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)

Best actress in a drama series   
Kathy Bates (Harry's Law)
Glenn Close (Damages)
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey)
Julianna Marguiles (The Good Wife)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)

Best comedy series
Curb Your Enthusiasm
30 Rock
Modern Family
The Big Bang Theory