Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been named British Artist of the Year by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles.
Cumberbatch, star of TV’s “Sherlock” as well as the recent “Star Trek Into Darkness” and upcoming “The Fifth Estate” — in which he plays WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — will accept his honor at BAFTA LA’s Britannia Awards ceremony Nov. 9 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
“Benedict Cumberbatch has had a remarkable year, and as one of the United Kingdom’s leading talents he truly exemplifies the continued respect that British talents have garnered around the globe,” Gary Dartnall, chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles, said in a statement Thursday. “Masterfully performing in TV, film and theater and never failing to astound us with his talent and versatility, BAFTA Los Angeles is proud to honor Benedict as our British Artist of the Year.”
Cumberbatch’s film credits also include “War Horse” and “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” as well as Steve McQueen‘s drama “12 Years a Slave,” which was produced by Brad Pitt and his Plan B partners anw which has been earning rave reviews on the festival circuit. And on Wednesday, TheWrap reported that he was in talks to star in Panorama Media’s “The Lost City of Z,” which Brad Pitt is producing.