Emmys 2012: 'Downton Abbey's' Hugh Bonneville says 'whippersnapper from the U.K.' flattered to be nominated
"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.