Chris O’Dowd to host BIFAs

Producer Andrew Eaton to chair jury

LONDON — Irish actor and comedian Chris O’Dowd will host this year’s British Independent Film Awards ceremony, which takes place Dec. 4 at London’s Old Billingsgate.

O’Dowd, who first made his breakthrough with U.K. audiences in Channel 4’s sitcom “The IT Crowd,” has become an international star from his role in “Bridesmaids.”

His other film credits include “Dinner for Schmucks,” “Gulliver’s Travels” and “The Boat That Rocked.” He will next appear in Judd Apatow’s “This Is 40.”

“It’s a ceremony which cherishes innovation, elegance and class so I’m humbled that they’ve chosen a host who so clearly lacks any of these things,” O’Dowd commented.

Actor James Nesbitt, who hosted the previous six BIFA ceremonies, has become a patron of the event.

Producer Andrew Eaton has been confirmed as chairman of this year’s jury, which will pick the winners across 18 categories. The leading nominees include “We Need To Talk About Kevin,” “Tyrannosaur,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Shame,” “Senna,” “The Kill List” and “Submarine.”

Other jury members include Gemma Arterton, David Thewlis, Ruth Wilson, Debs Gardner-Paterson, Josh Appignanesi, Lucy Bevan, Edith Bowman, Mike Goodridge, Neil Lamont, Joseph Mawle, Mary McCartney, Molly Nyman, Tracey Seaward, Charles Steel and Justine Wright.

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