Sidse Babett Knudsen nominated for Emmy

EMMY AWARDS. Sidse Babett Knudsen is nominated for best actress for her role as the Danish Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg in "Government" at the International Emmy Awards.

Sidse Babett Knudsen is nominated in the category Best Performance- ACTRESS for her role in DR's political drama series "Government" (Danish title: "Borgen") at the 40th International Emmy Awards Gala, which will be presented in New York on 19 November. That was unveiled yesterday when the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominations during the Mipcom TV market in Cannes.

Sidse Babett Knudsen is up against Cristina Banegas in "Televisión por la Inclusión" (Argentina), Rina Sa in "Zhong Guo Di" (Hong Kong) and Joanna Vanderham in "The Runaway" (UK).

It’s the second time an actress in a DR series has been nominated for an International Emmy Award. Sofie Gråbøl was nominated for "The Killing" in 2008.

Sidse Babett Knudsen

Actress, born 1968. Educated from Théàtre de L'Ombre in Paris 1987-90. Major film roles include Jonas Elmer's "Let's Get Lost" (1997), Susanne Bier's "The One and Only" (1999), Natasha Arthy's "Old, New, Borrowed and Blue" (2003), Susanne Bier's "After the Wedding" (2006), and Hella Joof's "Almost Perfect" (2012).

About "Government"

"Government" is a drama series about the fight for political power – and about the personal sacrifices and consequences this has for those involved on and behind the political stage.

The central figure is the 40-year old political leader Birgitte Nyborg, who through her idealism and huge effort secures her party a landslide victory and thus faces the biggest challenge of her life: how most effectively to use the newly won seats, and how far she is willing to go in order to gain as much influence as possible. Privately, Birgitte leads a happy family life with her husband and two children. She is a woman with a burning commitment, a big heart and little time. Will she be able to be a successful and professional top politician and stay true to herself at the same time?

"Government" won the BAFTA for Best International Drama Series in 2012 and Prix Italia for Best Drama Series in 2010.

Season 3 is currently in production and will premiere in Denmark in January 2013.

"Government" is written by Adam Price (main), Tobias Lindholm, Jeppe Gjervig Gram, directed by Søren Kragh-Jacobsen (concept), Rumle Hammerich, Annette K. Olsen and Mikkel Nørgaard and produced by Camilla Hammerich for DR. 

The International Emmy Awards