Downton Abbey leads TVChoice Awards nominations

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'Downton Abbey' leads this year's TVChoice Awards nominations. 'Happy Valley' and 'Sherlock' are also top contenders.

'Downton Abbey' leads this year's TVChoice Awards nominations.

The hit ITV period drama has notched up three nods at this year's awards, including Best Drama Series, Best Actor for Allan Leech and Best Actress for Joanne Froggatt.

BBC One's critically acclaimed 'Happy Valley', meanwhile, is up for Best New Drama and lead actress Sarah Lancashire has also been nominated for her incredible portrayal of police sergeant Sarah Cawood.

'Sherlock' star Benedict Cumberbatch is nominated once again in the Best Actor category, while the show is also up for Best Drama following its third series earlier this year.

The battle of the soaps will see 'Coronation Street' take on 'EastEnders' as the tear-jerking death of Hayley Cropper goes up against the murder of Lucy Beale in the Best Soap Storyline category.

Julie Hesmondhalgh, who has earned numerous awards for playing cancer-stricken Hayley, is hotly tipped to pick up Best Soap Actress but will face stiff competition from Lindsey Coulson, who plays cancer patient Carol Jackson in 'EastEnders', and 'Corrie' beauty Michelle Keegan.

TVChoice editor Jon Peake said: "This will be our 18th awards ceremony, and we are thrilled that it has become an unmissable event for Britain's biggest stars. They know that the TVChoice Awards are always a special night - and a great chance to thank the loyal viewers who've put them on top."

The TVChoice Awards - hosted by comic David Mitchell - take place in September.

Viewers can cast their votes at www.tvchoicemagazine.co.uk.

TVChoice Awards 2014 nominations:

Best International Show

'The Big Bang Theory' (E4)

'Game of Thrones' (Sky Atlantic)

'Modern Family' (Sky 1)

'The Walking Dead' (FOX)

Best New Drama

'Happy Valley' (BBC One)

'The Crimson Field' (BBC One)

'The Musketeers' (BBC One)

'The Widower' (ITV)

Best Drama Series

'Call the Midwife' (BBC One)

'Downton Abbey' (ITV)

'Sherlock' (BBC One)

'Waterloo Road' (BBC One)

Best Factual Entertainment and Lifestyle Show

'Educating Yorkshire' (Channel 4)

'One Born Every Minute' (Channel 4)

'The Call Centre' (BBC Three)

'The Supervet' (Channel 4)

Best Entertainment Show

'Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway' (ITV)

'Celebrity Juice' (ITV2)

'Gogglebox' (Channel 4)

'The Graham Norton Show' (BBC One)

Best Food Show

'Gordon Ramsay's Home Cooking'' (Channel 4)

'Mary Berry Cooks' (BBC Two)

'Saturday Kitchen' (BBC One)

'The Hairy Bikers' Asian Adventure' (BBC Two)

Best Reality Show

'24 Hours in A&E' (Channel 4)

'Big Brother'/'Celebrity Big Brother' (Channel 5)

'I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!' (ITV)

'Made in Chelsea' (E4)

Best Comedy

'Bad Education' (BBC Three)

'Benidorm' (ITV)

'Birds of a Feather' (ITV)

'Derek' (Channel 4)

Best Talent Show

'Britain's Got Talent' (ITV)

'Strictly Come Dancing' (BBC One)

'The Great British Bake Off' (BBC Two)

'The X Factor' (ITV)

Best Daytime Show

'Pointless' (BBC One)

'The Jeremy Kyle Show' (ITV)

'The Paul O'Grady Show' (ITV)

'This Morning' (ITV)

Best Actor

Benedict Cumberbatch, 'Sherlock'

Allen Leech, 'Downton Abbey'

David Tennant, 'The Escape Artist'

Bradley Walsh, 'Law & Order: UK'

Best Actress

Laurie Brett, 'Waterloo Road'

Joanne Froggatt, 'Downton Abbey'

Sarah Lancashire, 'Happy Valley'

Judy Parfitt, 'Call the Midwife'

Best Soap Actor

Danny Dyer, 'EastEnders'

David Neilson, 'Coronation Street'

Kieron Richardson, 'Hollyoaks'

Adam Woodyatt, 'EastEnders'

Best Soap Actress

Lindsey Coulson, 'EastEnders'

Julie Hesmondhalgh, 'Coronation Street'

Michelle Keegan, 'Coronation Street'

Nikki Sanderson, 'Hollyoaks'

Best Soap Newcomer

Maddy Hill, 'EastEnders'

Michael Parr, 'Emmerdale'

Kirsty-Leigh Porter, 'Hollyoaks'

Sam Strike, 'EastEnders'

Best Soap Newcomer

Hayley's cancer, 'Coronation Street'

Killer Cameron/the Woolpack siege, 'Emmerdale'

Maxine & Patrick's domestic abuse, 'Hollyoaks'

Who killed Lucy Beale?, 'EastEnders'

Best Soap

'Coronation Street' (ITV)

'EastEnders' (BBC One)

'Emmerdale' (ITV)

'Hollyoaks' (Channel 4)

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