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Downton Abbey director Brian Percival in Emmy win

Brian Percival
Image caption Brian Percival lived in Penyffordd while studying in Wrexham

A former Wrexham student is among those celebrating a string of Emmys for period drama Downton Abbey.

Brian Percival, who studied at Wrexham Art College in the early 1980s, won best director at US television's awards show in Los Angeles.

Originally from Liverpool, he lived in Penyffordd, Flintshire as a student.

The ITV show also won best mini-series, as well as a best-supporting actress Emmy for Dame Maggie Smith, and a gong for writer Julian Fellowes.

Accepting his award on Sunday, Mr Fellowes said: "When we were in the hotel a bit earlier, my wife said to me, 'I think we should just relax and enjoy the evening, because I don't think we're going to win'.

"Well, we're going to enjoy the evening now."

Downton Abbey returned for its second series on Sunday.

Director Mr Percival, 49, studied audio-visual studies in Wrexham before taking a degree course in Manchester.

His wife, Julie Rutterford, said: "I asked him to text me or ring as soon as he got a chance.

Mantelpiece

"He was so pleased. I don't think he's come down off the ceiling yet.

"He said he was going to bed with his Emmy.

"I've been up all night myself, I couldn't sleep I was so excited."

Ms Rutterford - herself a Bafta-winning writer - said her husband had won three Baftas, including one for Downton Abbey.

She added: "If he carries on like this, we'll have to get our mantlepiece reinforced."

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