Julia Louis-Dreyfus will receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy at the 2014 Britannia Awards, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles announced on Monday.
Louis-Dreyfus, best known for her Emmy-winning appearances on “Seinfeld,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and most recently “Veep,” is the first of this year’s Britannia honorees to have a career largely in television. Other recipients, who were previously announced, are Robert Downey Jr., Mike Leigh, Emma Watson, Mark Ruffalo and Dame Judi Dench.
“Her ability to create iconic, enduring characters like Selina Meyer, Christine Campbell, Elaine Benes, and her most recent role as Eva in ‘Enough Said,’ is such that it is impossible to imagine the last 20 years of comedy without her,” said BAFTA LA chairman Nigel Daly in a press release announcing the selection.
Past winners of the Charlie Chaplin Award, which is not given out every year, include Sacha Baron Cohen, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Ben Stiller and Betty White.
The Britannia Awards will take place on Oct. 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, and will be broadcast on Nov. 2 on BBC America. British actor and comic Rob Brydon will host.