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Peter Dinklage appears in a scene from the HBO series Game of Thrones. - Provided courtesy of HBO

Emmys 2011: Peter Dinklage of 'Game Of Thrones' wins Best Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

09/18/2011 by Kristina Lopez

Peter Dinklage has won the 2011 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series for his role as Tyrion Lannister in the HBO drama series "Game of Thrones," marking the actor's first win and nomination.

The 42-year-old actor beat Walton Goggins of "Justified," Andre Braugher of "Men Of A Certain Age," John Slattery of "Mad Men" and Alan Cummings and Josh Charles of "The Good Wife."

"Wow, I followed Martin Scorcese," Dinklage said in his acceptance speech. "My heart is pounding."

Minutes earlier, the director won an Emmy for Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series for "Boardwalk Empire."

In "Game of Thrones," Dinklage (pronounced DINK-ledge) plays the intelligent and sharp-tongued son from a rich and powerful family. Lannister is the black sheep of his family because of his small stature. The show is an adaptation of George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" book series.

"Game Of Thrones" has been nominated for 13 Emmys since its 2011 debut, including a nod for Outstanding Drama Series. It is set to return for a second season in 2012.

Dinklage was born in Morristown, New Jersey and made his film debut in the 1995 movie "Living in Oblivion." His breakout role was in the 2003 film "The Station Agent" and his other films include "Elf," "The Baxter," and "Death At A Funeral." Dinklage has also had guest roles on "30 Rock," "Entourage" and "Nip/Tuck."

Dinklage eloped with Erica Schmidt, a theater director, in 2005. The couple announced in June they are expecting their first child together.

The 2011 Emmy Awards ceremony was held at L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 18 and was hosted by "Glee" actress Jane Lynch. Check out a full list of nominations.

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