'The Sopranos' was among the winners at the Primetime Emmy Awards in the US last night, winning in three categories.

The mob series took the award for Best Drama, the first series to win the award for its final season.

The show's creator, David Chase, won the Best Writer award for the episode 'Made in America', while Alan Taylor won the Best Director award for his work on the episode 'Kennedy and Heidi'.

However, having been nominated in six acting categories, 'The Sopranos' stars went home empty-handed.

It was a night of surprises in the two main drama acting categories with James Spader winning Best Actor for his work on 'Boston Legal' and Sally Field winning Best Actress for 'Brothers & Sisters'.

'The Sopranos' stars James Gandolfini and Edie Falco had been tipped by some for the awards.

There were wins in the supporting actor categories for cast members of two of the biggest US TV shows: Terry O'Quinn won Best Supporting Actor for 'Lost' while Katherine Heigl won Best Supporting Actress for 'Grey's Anatomy'.

Ricky Gervais was the surprise winner of Best Comedy Actor for 'Extras'; as expected, America Ferrera won Best Comedy Actress for 'Ugly Betty'.

'Ugly Betty' pilot episode director Richard Shepard was among the comedy award winners as was 'The Office' writer Greg Daniels.

The Best Comedy award went to '30 Rock' with Jeremy Piven and Jaime Pressly winning Best Supporting Actor and Actress for their work on 'Entourage' and 'My Name Is Earl' respectively.

Two miniseries also won three awards: 'Broken Trail' and 'Prime Suspect: The Final Act'.

'Broken Trail' won Best Miniseries and there were Best Actor and Supporting Actor awards for its stars, Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church.

Helen Mirren won Best Actress in a Miniseries for her work on 'Prime Suspect: The Final Act' with director Philip Martin and writer Frank Deasy also winning awards for the police drama.

'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee' was named Best Made-for-TV Movie and Judy Davis won Best Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries for 'The Starter Wife'.

'The Daily Show' won the award for Best Variety, Music or Comedy Series.