King Lear nominated for Outstanding Television Movie at the 2019 Emmy Awards

16 July 2019

BBC Two, Amazon Prime Video, Golden Globe®, BAFTA®, and RTS® Award-winning drama producer Playground and Olivier® and Tony® Award-winning producer Sonia Friedman’s production of King Lear has today been nominated for an Emmy Award. 

King Lear, which first premiered on BBC Two in the UK in 2018, and is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime Video UK, was nominated for Outstanding Television Movie. The award ceremony will take place on 15 September 2019.

Set in the fictional present, King Lear sees Academy® Award winner Anthony Hopkins as the eponymous ruler, presiding over a totalitarian military dictatorship in England. Academy® Award and BAFTA® Award winner Emma Thompson stars as his oldest daughter Goneril.  Academy® Award nominee and BAFTA® Award winner Emily Watson (Theory of Everything, Genius) stars as his middle daughter Regan, and rising star Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth, Marcella) as Cordelia, the youngest of Lear’s children.  
Academy® Award and BAFTA® Award winner Jim Broadbent (Iris, Game of Thrones) takes the role of the Earl of Gloucester, BAFTA® Award winner Andrew Scott (Sherlock, The Hollow Crown) as his loyal son Edgar and John Macmillan (Hanna, Chewing Gum) as his illegitimate son Edmund.  
Emmy® Award nominated Jim Carter (Downton Abbey, Cranford) takes the role of the Earl of Kent, Emmy® Award winner Christopher Eccleston (The Leftovers, Thor: The Dark World) as Oswald, and Golden Globe® nominee Tobias Menzies (Outlander, The Terror) plays the Duke of Cornwall. Anthony Calf (New Tricks, Riviera) plays the Duke of Albany and Karl Johnson (Wittgenstein, Rome) plays Lear’s loyal jester the Fool.