benedict cumberbatch britannia awards gi Benedict Cumberbatch named Britannia Awards' British Artist of the Year

The 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards are giving Benedict Cumberbatch a very special honor. This year, he’s going to be named the British Artist of the Year at the annual awards ceremony.

Cumberbatch will be joining some prestigious company. Other recipients of the award include Kate Winslet, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Sheen and Tilda Swinton. The awards ceremony will take place on Nov. 5, and be broadcast on BBC America on Nov. 10 at 8 p.m.

“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,” Chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles Gary Dartnall says in a statement. “Masterfully performing in TV, Film and Theatre 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.”

It’s true; Cumberbatch has had a great year. Even without “Sherlock” on the air (it returns in 2014), he still starred in as the villain in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” Julian Assange in “The Fifth Estate,” the voice of Smaug in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” William Ford in “12 Years a Slave” and “Little” Charles Aiken in “August: Osage County.” With such range exhibited, it’s no wonder he’s such a hot commodity in Hollywood these days.

Posted by:Terri Schwartz