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OTRC: Emmys 2013: Claire Danes of 'Homeland' wins Best Lead Drama Actress

Claire Danes appears in a scene from 'Homeland' Season 2, Episode 12, which aired on Dec. 16, 2012. (Kent Smith/SHOWTIME)

Claire Danes has won the 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for her role as Carrie Mathison on "Homeland." This win marked the actress' third Emmy win and fourth nomination.

The 34-year-old actress won the award last year. This year Danes beat Vera Farmiga of A&E's "Bates Motel," Michelle Dockery of ITV's "Downton Abbey," Robin Wright of Netflix's "House of Cards," Elisabeth Moss of AMC's "Mad Men," Connie Britton of ABC's "Nashville" and Kerry Washington of ABC's "Scandal."

"Homeland" debuted in 2011 and its third season is set to premiere on September 29. Earlier this year, Danes won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama.

On the show, Danes plays a bipolar CIA officer named Carrie Mathison. She initially suspected Damian Lewis' character, Nicholas Brody, of plotting a terrorist attack in the United States. Brody is an American POW and Iraq War hero who had been brainwashed during his captivity to become a terrorist. The two later fell in love and in the finale of the second season, Brody was wrongfully blamed for a terrorist attack.

The show earned a total of 12 Emmy nominations this year.

Danes won her first Emmy in 2010 for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie for her role as Temple Grandin in "Temple Grandin."

The 2013 Emmy Awards ceremony was held at L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 22. The event was hosted by "How I Met Your Mother" star Neil Patrick Harris, who previously hosted the ceremony in 2009.

Check out a full list of 2013 Emmy winners.

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