Cheadle's humanitarian efforts include co-founding Not On Our Watch, a non-profit organisation dedicated to ending genocide. In 2007, he co-authored Not On Our Watch with human rights activist John Prendergast to raise further awareness about the genocide in Darfur and produced and starred in the documentary Darfur Now.
Cheadle's film credits include the recent spy thriller Traitor and he will next be seen in the 2009 Dreamworks comedy Hotel For Dogs opposite Emma Roberts as well as director Antoine Fuqua's Brooklyn's Finest opposite Richard Gere and Ethan Hawke. He earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations in 2005 for Hotel Rwanda.
Swinton won the Oscar and the BAFTA Award earlier this year for her performance as a corrupt corporate executive in Michael Clayton. She also received SAG and Golden Globe nominations for the role and was a previous Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nominee for The Deep End.
She recently starred in the Coen Brothers' Burn After Reading and will next be see in David Fincher's The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and Erick Zonca's Julia, which premiered at Berlin last February. Swinton recently completed filming on Jim Jarmusch's The Limits Of Control and shot Luca Guadagnino's Io Son L'Amore (I Am Love).
Frears made his directorial debut with Gumshoe in 1971 and broke out with 1985's My Beautiful Laundrette. Credits include The Queen, High Fidelity, The Grifters, Prick Up Your Ears, Dangerous Liaisons and Dirty Pretty Things.
Sean Penn was previously announced as the recipient of this year's
Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award For Excellence In Film.
'This year's honourees have established themselves as innovators in their field, bringing a unique perspective and artistic strength to their work,' BAFTA/LA chairman Peter Morris. 'They have inspired us with their performances and filmmaking prowess on the screen, as well as on the world stage.'