Neil Cross, the Wellington-based English screenwriter and novelist figures among the Emmy nominations announced in the United States today.

Cross, who lives in the capital with his New Zealand wife and two sons, is up for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special for third season of Luther, the BBC crime series about a troubled Detective Inspector which he created.

It's the second Emmy nomination for Cross for Luther having also received one for series two.

Luther is also nominated for Outstanding Miniseries or a Movie and its leading man Idris Elba is up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.


Cross faces stiff competition in his category from the writers of American Horror Story: Coven, Fargo, Sherlock: HIs Last Vow, The Normal Heart and Treme.

His latest novel Always the Sun was published earlier this year.

Nominated Sherlock writer Steven Moffat is also the executive producer of Doctor Who which Cross has written episodes for.

Among other Emmy nominations, long-running show The Amazing Race hosted and produced by New Zealander Phil Keoghan has received its 12th nomination for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, a category it has previously won nine times.