Benedict Cumberbatch, the star of Thursday night’s  Toronto opener The Fifth Estate, will receive BAFTA LA’s Britannia Award for British Artist Of The Year in Los Angeles on Nov 9.
Cumberbatch plays Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate directed by Bill Condon. He starred in summer hit Star Trek Into Darkness and, famously, plays Sherlock Holmes in the BBC hit Sherlock.
He joins previously announced Britannia Awards recipients George Clooney, Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Kingsley. Prior recipients of the Britannia Award for British Artist Of The Year include Daniel Craig, Kate Winslet and Rachel Weisz.
“Benedict Cumberbatch has had a remarkable year, and as one of the UK’s leading talents he truly exemplifies the continued respect that British talents have garnered around the globe,” said BAFTA Los Angeles chairman Gary Dartnall.
“Masterfully performing in TV, film and theatre and never failing to astound us with his talent and versatility, BAFTA Los Angeles is proud to honour Benedict as our British Artist Of The Year.”
“The brilliance, intelligence and charisma of rising star Benedict Cumberbatch has secured his place among the acclaimed British actors who have commanded the screen over the years,” commented Britannia Award co-chairs Rebecca Segal and Deborah Kolar.