hugh bonneville getty Emmys 2012: 'Downton Abbey's' Hugh Bonneville says 'whippersnapper from the U.K.' flattered to be nominatedThe 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards are coming up Sunday, Sept. 23 and as usual, the Outstanding Drama series and acting categories feature stiff competition. But there’s a new face in 2012 — “Downton Abbey,” which last year was in the miniseries category. Star Hugh Bonneville tells Zap2it how flattering it is to be included with the big boys like “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad” and “Homeland.”

“For us, this whippersnapper from the U.K., to come running up the
inside curve and join them is tremendous, it’s given us great heart,” says Bonneville. “You
go into the second season of something, which I don’t think I’ve done
before, actually, and you try to make it as good as the first, so seeing all these Emmy nominations is really wonderful.”

“And for myself, I’m just incredibly flattered to even be considered in the same breath as Steve Buscemi and Damian [Lewis] and Bryan Cranston,” he adds. “I certainly wasn’t expecting it for me and I was delighted that the show was nominated.”

What Bonneville really enjoys about the nominations is that they recognize just how many people go into making “Downton Abbey” what it is.

“What I’m really thrilled about is so many different departments have been acknowledged. It genuinely is an ensemble show — costumes and makeup and the music and the editing, all those elements being recognized as stand-out is fantastic,” says Bonneville.

The Emmys, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, air live from Los Angeles Sunday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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