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Charlie apologises at Emmys

CHARLIE Sheen wished his former Two and a Half Men cast mates "the best" for their new series at the Primetime Emmy Awards.

The actor - who was fired from the show earlier this year following his erratic behaviour, which saw Ashton Kutcher brought in as his replacement - issued a heartfelt message to his ex-colleagues in front of the crowd at the ceremony at Los Angeles's Nokia Theatre on Sunday night.

Charlie - who presented an award for the Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, which he called his "old category" - announced: "I want to take a moment to get something off my chest ad say a few words to everybody here from Two and a Half Men.

"From the bottom of my heart I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season. We spent eight wonderful years together ... and I know you will continue to make great television."

Earlier in the night, the 46-year-old actor's former co-star Jon Cryer revealed he has "converted" to be a fan of Charlie's replacement because he's "totally different".

Speaking to Ryan Seacrest at the ceremony, he said: "I'm already converted to the cult of Ashton. I like him. He's younger, taller - it's a totally different thing."

While presenting the Outstanding Supporting Actress and Best Writing in a Drama Series with Jon, Ashton joked: "I am not Charlie Sheen. And Jon, I want to tell you something. I do not think you are a troll.

Modern Family and Downton Abbey win big

Modern Family and Downton Abbey were the big winners at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards.

The comedy series and the British period drama both took home four accolades from the prestigious ceremony, while Mad Men and Mildred Pierce were also awarded some of the top prizes.

Modern Family was named Best Comedy Series, with its stars Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell taking home the prizes for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series respectively. Steven Levitan and Jeffrey Richman also won in the Writing, Comedy Series category.

Downton Abbey's gongs included Best Miniseries and Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Dame Maggie Smith.

The show's writer Julian Fellowes was honoured for Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic special.

Accepting his statuette, Julian said: "When we were in the hotel a bit earlier, my wife said to me, 'I think we should just relax and enjoy the evening, because I don't think we're going to win.' Well, we're going to enjoy the evening now!

"And at the risk of sounding grandiloquent, I would like to thank you, the American industry. Ten years ago you kick-started my second career with an Oscar, tonight you have nurtured it, I am very grateful, thank you."

Mad Men, an advertising drama set in the 1950s, was named Best Drama Series, while Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce both won for their roles in Mildred Pierce.

Kate - who was named Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie - said of her prize: "It doesn't matter how old you are or what you do in your life, you never stop needing your mum and I will never stop needing mine, so thanks mum, thank you so much."

Other winners included Julianna Margulies, who was named Best Actress in a Drama Series for her role in The Good Wife, while Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler won Best Actor in a Drama Series at the ceremony which was hosted by 'Glee' star Jane Lynch.

63rd Primetime Emmy Awards full list of winners:

Drama Series: Mad Men

Actress, Drama Series: Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife

Actor, Drama Series: Kyle Chandler -'Friday Night Lights

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Margo Martindale - Justified

Writing, Drama Series: Jason Katims - Friday Night Lights

Directing, Drama Series: Martin Scorsese - Boardwalk Empire

Comedy Series: Modern Family

Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory

Actress, Comedy Series: Melissa McCarthy - Mike & Molly

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Julie Bowen - Modern Family

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Ty Burrell - Modern Family

Writing, Comedy Series: Steven Levitan and Jeffrey Richman - Modern Family

Directing, Comedy Series: Michael Spiller - Modern Family

Miniseries or Movie: Downton Abbey

Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Kate Winslet - Mildred Pierce

Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Barry Pepper - The Kennedys

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Guy Pearce - Mildred Pierce

Directing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Brian Percival - Downton Abbey

Writing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Julian Fellowes - Downton Abbey

Reality-Competition Programme: The Amazing Race

Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Directing, Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Don Roy King - Saturday Night Live

Writing, Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

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