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Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch and his co-star Lara Pulver have been nominated in the 2012 Critics Choice TV Awards.

The two are up for their respective roles in BBC One‘s modern-day update of Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle’s classic sleuth. Cumberbatch and Pulver are nominated in the Best Actor and Actress category for a Movie/Mini-Series at the 2012 Critics Choice TV Awards.

Also nominated in the Actor category are Idris Elba of BBC One drama Luther, Dominic West of BBC Two drama The Hour and Bill Nighy of BBC drama Page Eight. Kevin Costner is nominated for his role in Hatfields & McCoy History‘s recent drama series which smashed records. In the actress category Pulver is up against Gillian Anderson for BBC One’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Great Expectations, Jessica Lange for FX‘s supernatural series American Horror Story, Emily Watson for Appropriate Adult, Patricia Clarkson for Lifetime drama Five and Julianne Moore for HBO‘s Game Change.

As for the Best Actor & Actress in a Drama Series categories more Brits are also nominated. Damien Lewis is nominated for Showtime drama Homeland which airs on Channel Four in the UK and Charlie Hunnam – who shot to fame in Russell T. Davies drama Queer as Folk – is nominated for FX drama series Sons of Anarchy. Kesley Grammer for Starz drama Boss, Bryan Cranston for AMC drama Breaking Bad and Timothy Olyphant for FX drama Justified are also nominated.

Michelle Dockery is nominated for her role of Lady Mary Crawley in ITV drama Downton Abbey which airs on PBS in America. The prestigious period drama is also nominated for Best Drama series which it is up against HBO’s fantasy drama Game of Thrones, Showtime’s remake of Shameless, AMC’s Breaking Bad, CBSThe Good Wife and AMC’s darling of the critics Mad Men. As for Dockery she will face competition in the Best Actress category for Mad Men actress Elisabeth Moss, Homeland actress Claire Danes, Good Wife actress Julianna Margulies, Shameless actress Emmy Roussum and Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal.

Several British dramas will compete against each other in the Best Movie/Mini-Series category as BBC One dramas Sherlock, Page Eight and Luther compete against BBC Two’s The Hour and FX’s American Horror Story and HBO’s Game Change. In America Luther is broadcast on BBC America as is The Hour but Page Eight and Sherlock are broadcast on PBS.

The winners of the 2012 Critics Choice TV Awards will be announced on June 18th. For the full list of nominations click here >>

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