Benedict Cumberbatch has been named British Artist of the Year by BAFTA’s LA branch. He will be honored at the org’s 2013 Britannia Awards for representing “the best of UK talent.” The busy actor has three films bowing in Toronto starting with today’s world premiere of The Fifth Estate, in which he plays WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. He also appears in fest titles 12 Years A Slave and August: Osage County. As Deadline reported yesterday, he is negotiating to star in James Gray’s Lost City Of Z. He’s also due to return to television in the upcoming third season of the BBC’s Sherlock. The Britannia Awards will be held on November 9 in Beverly Hills and will air on BBC America the following evening. Other honorees this year include George Clooney, Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Kingsley.
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