Benedict Cumberbatch is to be honoured with the Variety Award at the Moet British Independent Film Awards on 7 December.
The Variety Award recognises a director, actor, writer or producer who has helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK. The Variety Award was bestowed on Paul Greengrass last year and has previously been awarded to Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh, Liam Neeson, Sir Michael Caine, Daniel Craig, Dame Helen Mirren and Richard Curtis.
Benedict is also nominated for best actor at the event.
Benedict said: “I am delighted to receive this prestigious award and would like to thank Variety and The Moët British Independent Film Awards for this incredible honour. It is made even more special by the recognition of The Imitation Game in this year’s nominations, a film I am very proud to be a part of.”
Meanwhile Benedict is making a number of appearances in the US to promote The Penguins of Madagascar and The Imitation Game which open in the US on 26 November and 21st November respectively.
On 14 November is due on the guest list for the Hollywood Film Awards (7:30 pm ET (12:30 pm UK) on CBS
On Sunday 16th November Benedict Cumberbatch will be answering questions on The Penguins of Madagascar tumblr from 3pm Eastern (8pm UK). He’ll then be attending a preview screening of The Imitation Game at 92Y in New York followed by a Q&A.
On Monday 17th (the day of The Imitation Game New York premiere) Benedict will be appearing on the morning show Live with Kelly and Michael followed by an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon at 11:35 pm. The following day Benedict will be appearing on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.