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Sir Kenneth Branagh to be honoured with BAFTA LA award

Belfast-born actor and director Sir Kenneth Branagh will receive the top honour at BAFTA's annual Britannia Awards in Los Angeles.

The Wallander star will be presented with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment at a gala event on October 27.

The Britannia Awards are run by the Los Angeles branch of BAFTA.

Chairman, Kieran Breen, said: "Kenneth is without question one of the most influential figures in the British film, television and theatre community, and his talents have brought him much-deserved international acclaim and recognition.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate Kenneth's work and honour him with this year's Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment."

The BAFTA event will be hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall.

Other recipients of this year's awards include Dick Van Dyke, who is set to pick up the Britannia Award for Excellence in Television, and The Crown actress Claire Foy, who will receive the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year,

Meanwhile, Selma director Ava DuVernay will be honoured with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing.

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