SHERLOCK actor Martin Freeman has eclipsed his co-star Benedict Cumberbatch after being nominated for two Emmy awards.

The star, nominated for his role as Dr Watson and for his work in US mini-series Fargo, is one of a host of UK names among the nominees.

His performance as Lester Nygaard in Fargo, based on the hit film of the same name, has earned him a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Mini-series Or A Movie. Other nominees in the category include Cumberbatch, for Sherlock, Chiwetel Ejiofor, for the BBC drama Dancing On The Edge, and Idris Elba, nominated for Luther.

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Freeman's performance as Watson has also earned him another nomination - for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie.

The awards will be handed out at a Los Angeles ceremony on 25 August 2014.