Wellington screenwriter misses out on Emmy



Wellington writer Neil Cross has missed out on an Emmy award.

In today’s television awards ceremony at Los Angeles’s Nokia Theatre, Cross was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding writing for a mini series, movie or dramatic special for his writing of Luther, a BBC crime drama he created.

The Bristol, England-born author and screenwriter faced stiff competition, with American Horror Story: Coven, Fargo, Sherlock, The Normal Heart, and Treme also nominated in the same category.

Sherlock writer Steven Moffat won the Emmy.Cross has previously said the idea for his obsessive, possessed Detective Chief Inspector John Luther, who first appeared on TV screens in the form of Idris Elba in 2010, came from a life of reading, watching and writing crime fiction.

In 2011, the Booker Prize nominee was named among Variety magazine’s Ten Screenwriters to Watch.

In 2012, he was also nominated for an Emmy for Luther.

Cross, who lives in Wellington with his wife, Nadia, and sons, said he now thought of New Zealand as home despite writing for American and British television.

”Kiwis as a culture have certain attributes that I really admire, a confidence without arrogance, enormous acceptance without being superior or smug. I’m the most English man ever. I spend my life in a haze of embarrassment and self-hatred.”

He has also written for Doctor Who.

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