The BBC’s slick adaptation of John le Carré’s thriller The Night Manager has swept the Emmys, earning Tom Hiddleston his first nomination for his portrayal of the ruthless Jonathan Pine.

The six-part series, adapted by David Farr and brought into the world of modern warfare, was showered with 12 nominations, including best limited series. Hiddleston picked up a nomination for best actor in a limited series, pitting him against fellow Brits Idris Elba for Luther and Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock.

To prepare for the role, Hiddleston, 34, spent his nights shadowing the night manager of the five-star Rosewood Hotel in London. Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman picked up supporting actor nominations for their roles as heartless arms dealer Richard Roper and incorruptible intelligence agent Angela Burr who pursues him relentlessly.

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Visit the official Emmy website for a full list of all 12 nominations.