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The Homeland and Downton Abbey actors take gongs for their performances at the Golden Globe awards

Damian Lewis and Dame Maggie Smith have been awarded Golden Globes for their performances in Homeland and Downton Abbey – taking best actor and best supporting actress gongs at an award ceremony last night.

Having lost out on awards in 2012 – both Lewis and Smith were also nominated in their respective categories for the same roles last year – the British actors beat strong opposition.

Lewis took the Golden Globe for best actor in a TV drama for his role as Nicholas Brody in Homeland, beating Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, Boardwalk Empire's Steve Buscemi, The Newsroom's Jeff Daniels and Mad Men's John Hamm to the award.

"I'd like to dedicate this to my mum, looking down on me bursting with pride telling everyone around her how well her son is doing in acting, »

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