Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch both receive best actor nods in US TV awards

Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are to face each other as they battle it out at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

The stars, who play sleuth Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson respectively, are both up for best actor in a movie or mini-series, with Benedict winning the nomination for Sherlock: His Last Vow, and his co-star getting the honour for his performance as Fargo’s Lester Nygaard.

Dancing On The Edge star Chiwetel Ejiofor and David Bradley from BBC Four film An Adventure On Space And Time are also in the running in the same category, alongside Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart) and Fargo’s Billy Bob Thornton.

Martin’s real-life partner Amanda Abbington is nominated for best actress for her role in Sherlock: His Last Vow, in which she played his character’s screen wife Mary.

BBC biopic Burton And Taylor, charting the passionate relationship between Hollywood stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, won two nominations – for best movie and best actress for Helena Bonham Carter, who played the screen legend.

British actress Diana Rigg also has a best guest performer in a drama series nomination for her appearance in Game Of Thrones, where she faces Beau Bridges and Allison Janney among others.

British actors Michael Sheen, Hugh Dancy, Freddie Highmore and Matthew Rhys received nominations for best actor in a drama series, along with Bryan Cranston and Matthew McConaughey.

Gordon Ramsay and Cat Deeley are up for best reality host.

The winners will be announced at the ceremony on June 19.


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