Edie Falco Ties Angela Lansbury for Most Lead Actress Emmy Nominations

“Nurse Jackie” star earns her 12th series nod

With her Emmy nomination Thursday for “Nurse Jackie,” Edie Falco now ties Angela Lansbury as the actress who has earned the most Best Actress nods in drama and comedy series combined.

Falco was nominated seven times for HBO’s “The Sopranos” and won twice, in 2000 and 2003. On Thursday, she received her fifth nomination for the final season as a pill-popping nurse in Showtime’s dramedy “Nurse Jackie.”

The previous record holder for series acting nominations was Lansbury, who collected a dozen nominations for playing mystery-writing sleuth Jessica Fletcher on CBS’ long-running “Murder She Wrote.”

The British actress also earned six other nominations for movies, specials and guest appearances — but has never won an Emmy.