The two-time Oscar-winning actor will be presented with the honour at the 2007 BAFTA/LA Cunard Britianna Awards on November 1 at Los Angeles' Century Plaza Hotel.
Washington will next be seen in November release American Gangster, directed by Ridley Scott and co-starring Russell Crowe. He will also direct and co-star with Forest Whitaker in inspirational drama The Great Debaters.
The actor won Academy Awards for his work in Training Day and Glory and Oscar nominations for The Hurricane, Malcolm X and Cry Freedom.
'Denzel is a remarkably talented actor who always entertains the audience with the rich array of characters that he has portrayed on screen,' said Peter Morris, BAFTA/LA Chairman. 'As both an actor and director he continually takes on challenging projects and we are thrilled to honor and celebrate his immense talents.'