This year, Benedict Cumberbatch has been selected to receive the prestigious The Variety Award at the British Independent Film Awards ceremony on 7th December.
The recipient of this prestigious award is chosen for their contribution to focusing the international spotlight to the United Kingdom, be it directing, acting or producing. In the past it has been received by the likes of Liam Neeson, Daniel Craig, Jude Law and Sir Micheal Caine, with last year’s honour being bestowed upon Paul Greengrass, best known for directing the Bourne movie franchise.
Cumberbatch, renowned for his appearance as TV detective Sherlock Holmes, has said he is delighted to be chosen for the honour and thanked Variety and The Moet British Independent Film Awards.
His new movie The Imitation Game, in which he stars as Alan Turing, a Second World War Enigma code breaker, is set for release tomorrow (14th November) and has already been nominated for four British Independent Film Awards including best British Film and Best Actor. His performance has also been recognised a strong contender for an Oscar.
His extensive and ever extending portfolio includes features such as The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 12 Years A Slave, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Fifth Estate.