Jack Whitehall Returns to Host Britannia Awards

British comedian Jack Whitehall will return to host the Britannia Awards this fall.

Whitehall is a regular panelist on Sky 1 sports show “A League of Their Own” and was featured in “The Bad Education Movie” last year.

“I am thrilled to be back hosting the Britannia Awards again and helping to provide a bridge between the U.K. and Hollywood,” Whitehall said in a statement. “My thanks to Meryl Streep and Harrison Ford for laughing at my jokes last year, and making BAFTA/LA believe that I am suited to do this a second time.”

The Britannia Awards will take place Oct. 28 at the Beverly Hilton. Ang Lee has already been announced as the recipient of the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing. Other honorees will be announced in the coming months, the British Academy of Film and Television Los Angeles said.

Previous hosts of the Britannias have included Craig Ferguson, James Corden and Stephen Fry.

“Jack’s performance as host last year was one of the most memorable aspects of an already spectacular evening,” said BAFTA/LA chairman Kieran Breen. “He maintained the celebratory nature of the event, all the while infusing it with his undeniable charm and particular brand of British humor. We have no doubt that Jack will once again make this the biggest and best British night in the Hollywood calendar.”

BAFTA/LA also announced the return of Done + Dusted to produce this year’s ceremony for the second consecutive year. “After a wonderful collaboration last year, we are thrilled to be a part of this prestigious evening once again,” said Done + Dusted co-founder Hamish Hamilton. “It is truly a celebration that brings together our company’s country of origin, the U.K., with the excitement of Hollywood, and there is no better setting for us to honor both.”

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