Benefit party guests include Branagh, Heaton, Shatner

The third annual Emmy Nominees Tea Party, taking place Sept. 17 at the Park Hyatt in Century City and organized by the British Academy of Film & Television Arts/Los Angeles (BAFTA/LA) and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, will feature one-of-a-kind celebrity painted teapots donated by a coterie of stars.

These tea aficionados include Sacha Baron Cohen, Kenneth Branagh, Lucy Davis, Helen Fielding, Patricia Heaton, Anthony LaPaglia, Ian McShane, William Shatner and Harry Shearer.

Bidding on the custom teapots will take place throughout the party; all the proceeds will benefit the educational outreach and scholarship programs of BAFTA/LA and the TV Academy Foundation.

The event’s main purpose is to celebrate the current Emmy nominees from the U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand on the Saturday before the Primetime Emmy Awards. Attendees will include past Emmy winners, nominees and other noted talent from the U.K. and former Commonwealth countries, BAFTA/LA members, Academy members and invited industry execs.

This year, there are more than 115 Emmy nominees from these countries represented in 38 categories, including three of the five lead actors in a drama series and in the lead actor in a miniseries categories.

Rebecca Segal, BAFTA/LA board director and Tea Party chair (as well as a senior VP of Britain’s Sky Networks) said: “This event is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions that talent from these countries — both in front of and behind the cameras — have made to television we see and enjoy in the U.S., and truly illustrates how ‘global’ television has become.”

BBC America is the presenting sponsor of the event.

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