Tatiana Maslany wins CCTA for Orphan Black

The Canuck actress (pictured) also received a nod in this year's Television Critics' Association awards, along with Orphan Black, Daniel Tiger's Neighbourhood and William Shatner.
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Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany has won a Critics’ Choice Television Award for her star-turn in the Space and BBC America clone thriller.

Maslany took the prize for best actress in a drama series against competition from Homeland‘s Claire Danes, Bates Motel‘s Vera Farmiga, The Good Wife‘s Julianna Margulies, Mad Men‘s Elizabeth Moss and The Americans‘ Keri Russell.

The awards were handed out Monday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Maslany in Orphan Black plays an orphan and outsider who witnesses the suicide of a woman and takes her identity. After realizing they are clones, and that there are others, she finds herself in the middle of a mysterious conspiracy as she tries to uncover the truth about her identity.

The series, produced by Toronto-based Temple Street Productions in association with BBC America and Bell Media’s Space, was recently picked up by BBC Three in the U.K. Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier are exec producers for Orphan Black, which is co-created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett.

Separately, Maslany has received a nod in this year’s Television Critics’ Association Awards for individual achievement in drama, while Orphan Black is nominated for outstanding new program.

The series will go up against FX’s The Americans, CBS’s Elementary, Netflix’s House of Cards and Fox’s The Mindy Project.

And CBC series Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood, which also airs on PBS stateside, is nominated for outstanding achievement in youth programming. The animated preschool series is produced by The Fred Rogers Company, Toronto-based 9 Story Entertainment and New York-based Out of the Blue Enterprises.

Elsewhere, William Shatner is nominated in the Television Critics Association Awards for a career achievement award, presented to an individual who has influenced television through his or her work on the small screen. Shatner is nominated for the award with producer-writer James L. Brooks, director-producer James Burrows, late-night talk show host Jay Leno and reporter-anchorwoman Barbara Walters.

The TCAAs will be handed out on Aug. 3, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.