Dame Maggie Smith nominated for National Television Award

The nominations for Britain’s 20th National Television Awards have just been announced, and Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) is up for Drama Performance for her role as the Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey. She will be battling it out against Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley), and Sheridan Smith (Cilla) for the fan-voted award.

Downton Abbey is also nominated in the Drama category, competing against Cilla, Sherlock, and Doctor Who.

Both Maggie Smith and Downton Abbey have been doing well with nominations this awards season. Downton Abbey is currently in the running for a People’s Choice Award, a Golden Globe, and a SAG Award, while Smith also has an individual SAG nomination for her role as the Countess.

Additionally, Game of Thrones is nominated in the Multichannel category. The series currently features Potter actors Ciarán Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore) and Julian Glover (voice of Aragog) and in past seasons has also featured David Bradley (Argus Filch), Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks), and Michelle Fairley (Mrs. Granger – DH1).

You can vote here! Voting closes at midday on January 21.

The National Television Awards will be broadcast live on ITV on January 21 at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony will take place at the O2 in London.

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Catherine Lai

I have been a fan of Harry since 2000, a fan of MuggleNet since 2005, and a MuggleNet team member since 2013. I believe in the power of stories to bring people together, and nothing does that quite like Harry Potter. I live in Toronto, Canada.