Tom Hiddleston has landed his very first Emmy nomination this week for his role as Jonathan Pine in the crime mini-series 'The Night Manager'. He'll be up against fellow Brits Idris Elba and Benedict Cumberbatch, who have both been nominated multiple times before for 'Luther' and 'Sherlock' respectively.

Tom HiddlestonWill Tom Hiddleston win his first Emmy for 'The Night Manager'?

The 35-year-old star is a contender for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie for 'The Night Manager' at the upcoming 68th Annual Emmy Awards which is set to air on September 18th 2016. The show is up for twelve awards altogether, including Outstanding Limited Series. His co-stars Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman have also been nominated for their supporting roles, and director Susanne Bier is also named for Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series.

'I didn't have any expectations, and suddenly my phone started blowing up a couple hours ago', he told the Hollywood Reporter about discovering he was nominated. 'This is the most wonderful surprise, and honestly the most thrilling thing about it is that it feels like an extraordinary and heartwarming affirmation for the whole team who made 'The Night Manager'. Making 'The Night Manager' was the most fulfilling team effort, and I'm so proud of everybody.'

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'The Night Manager' was a six episode series that aired on BBC and AMC and ended in March and April respectively. It was about a Cairo hotel worker and former soldier named Jonathan Pine who is enlisted on an undercover mission to infiltrate a secret arms trade circle led by the nefarious Richard Onslow Roper. It is based on the 1993 novel by John le Carré, but it is a modern adaption from screenwriter David Farr (another Primetime Emmy nominee). 

Other big Emmy nominees this year are 'Game Of Thrones' which is up for 23 awards, 'Saturday Night Live', 'Veep', 'Fargo' and 'The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story'.