British TV shows had an impressive run at last night’s Emmy awards in New York City, winning five out of ten main awards.

The shows and actors awarded included Helena Bonham Carter, Bob Hoskins, Small Island and kids show Shaun The Sheep.

Helena Bonham Carter bagged the Best Actress award for her portrayal of author Enid Blyton in the biopic ‘Enid’.

The Best Actor prize went to Bob Hoskins for his role as ‘Paddy Gargan’ in The Street, with the TV-series also winning the Best Drama award.

In the ‘Best TV movie/mini series’ category, it was Small Island (the adaptation of Andrea Levy’s prize-winning novel of Jamaican immigrants in London), that came out on top.

The night was in particular a success for BBC, with the broadcaster receiving a trophy in every single category they were nominated for.

BBC drama commissioner Ben Stephenson said:  “I’m incredibly pleased that every award that BBC drama has been nominated for tonight they’ve won, in challenging times for the BBC.”

X Factor boss Simon Cowell was also presented with the honorary International Emmy Founders Award for reinventing the concept of TV talent shows.

When accepting the award Cowell said: “When I think back over ten years, I can genuinely say I’ve had the best time I’ve ever had in my life,” said Cowell.

“Whoever said fame, money, success will destroy you is completely wrong.”

Yeah, we believe ya Simon.