Claire Danes has won the 2012 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for her role as CIA agent Carrie Mathison in the terrorism-themed Showtime show "Homeland," marking the actress' second Emmy win and first for the part.
The 33-year-old actress, who has been nominated for three Emmys in total, beat Glenn Close of DirecTV's "Damages," Elisabeth Moss of AMC's "Mad Men," Kathy Bates of NBC's "Harry's Law" and Michelle Dockery of PBS' "Downton Abbey."
In "Homeland," Mathison suspects an rescued Iraq War veteran Nicholas Brody, played by Damian Lewis, is plotting a terrorist attack in the United States. The two also become involved, even though he is married with children. The show earned a total of nine Emmy nominations this year and Lewis won Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for his role.
"Homeland" debuted in 2011 and its second season is set to premiere on September 30. Earlier this year, the show won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Drama.
Mandy Patinkin, who plays Mathinson's mentor at the CIA, was not nominated but Danes paid tribute to him in her acceptance speech.
Mandy Patinkin - holla," she said. "Mandy is one of the most beautful, generous, loving imaginative actors I've ever come across."
Danes also thanked her husband Hugh Dancy. She is currently pregnant with their first child.
"My husband, my love, my life, my baby daddy," she said. "This just doesn't mean anything without you. Anyway, I love you so very, very much. I'm so grateful. Thank you."
Danes earned her first Emmy nomination in 1995, given for her lead role in the short-lived series "My So-Called Life," which launched the actress' career. She won her first Emmy in 2010, for the television film "Temple Grandin."
The 2012 Emmy Awards ceremony was held at L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 23 and aired on ABC. The event was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who also hosts the network's hit late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!."