Downton Abbey scoops soundtrack Emmy for John Lunn

23 September 2013, 10:26 | Updated: 12 February 2016, 16:17

Composer John Lunn has won the Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition for his music from Downton Abbey at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

The Outstanding Music Composition Emmy was the only award that the popular period drama received at the 2013 ceremony, despite being nominated in 11 categories.

Responding to a stream of congratulatory tweets, Lunn posted: "I really wasn't expecting it so it was a really nice surprise!"

It's also the second year in a row that John Lunn (pictured at the 2012 ceremony) has won the category. The show's much-anticipated fourth series also began on British television last night.

Other soundtrack composers taking home an award from the ceremony, held separately form the main Emmys last night, included Academy Award-winner Mychael Danna for his score for mini-series World Without End, and Bear McCreary for his title theme for Da Vinci's Demons. 

It was announced earlier this year that Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will appear in the current series of Downton Abbey, playing the opera singer Dame Nellie Melba.