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Julie Walters makes International Emmy shortlist for Mo

Julie Walters as Mo Mowlam
Image caption Mo tells how Mowlam lied to Tony Blair about how ill she was to keep her job

Channel 4's Mo Mowlam biopic has earned a pair of International Emmy nods - for best TV movie/mini-series and best actress, for Julie Walters.

Walters' portrayal of the late former Northern Ireland Secretary in Mo earned her a best actress Bafta.

Other British nominees include Christopher Eccleston, up for best actor for Jimmy McGovern's Accused, and Sherlock, for best drama.

Winners will be announced in a New York ceremony on 21 November.

Mo details the politician's battle with cancer as she fought for peace in Northern Ireland. She died in 2005, aged 55.

Walters has said she nearly pulled out of making the film because she was afraid Mowlam "doesn't look anything like me".

"She was a big woman, she's got a big open face, so I was very scared. But arrogantly, when I read the script, I just said, 'yes'," Walters added.

In Accused, McGovern's series of standalone dramas exploring the stories of characters who end up in court, Eccleston played a plumber who found £20,000 in the back of a cab.

The BBC's Bafta-winning Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the eccentric detective and Martin Freeman as sidekick, Dr Watson, also earned four nominations at this year's Primetime Emmys.

Channel 4's Facejacker, starring Kayvan Novak as a series of characters who dupe members of the public, is up for best comedy.

Documentary The World's Strictest Parents, broadcast on BBC Three, is nominated in the non-scripted entertainment category while BBC Two opera show Gareth Malone Goes to Glyndebourne is up for best arts programme.

The International Emmys celebrate TV production outside the US.

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