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International Emmy Awards held in New York

NEW YORK - Kenneth Branagh won the International Emmy for Best Actor, while Anna Friel won the Best Actress trophy at the 2017 International Emmy Awards gala Monday night in New York.

Branagh and Friel were among 11 winning performers and programs spanning eight countries: Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Norway, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The awards are presented annually by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which represents more than 60 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of TV, including internet and mobile technology.

The evening was hosted by Iranian-American comedian-actor Maz Jobrani, who co-stars on the CBS sitcom “Superior Donuts.”

“The International Emmys are like the World Cup of TV,” Jobrani cracked, “and like the World Cup a lot of Americans don’t know it’s happening.

Presenters included Kevin McKidd (“Grey’s Anatomy”), talk-show veteran Larry King, Freddy Rodriguez (“Bull”) and Melissa Villasenor (“Saturday Night Live”).

Branagh won for his role as Swedish detective Kurt Wallander in the popular BBC drama series “Wallander,” which has won an American following on public television’s “Masterpiece.”

Friel was awarded for her performance as Sergeant Marcella Backland in the British series “Marcella” (which is available on Netflix).

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