The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles will honor actor-director Ewan McGregor with the Britannia Humanitarian Award at this year’s British Academy Britannia Awards.
The celebration will take place on Oct. 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, hosted by British actor and comedian Jack Whitehall.
The Britannia Humanitarian Award has previously recognized Idris Elba, Richard Curtis, Don Cheadle, Colin Firth, Mark Ruffalo, and Orlando Bloom. McGregor is being honored for his work with UNICEF, having recently travelled to northern Iraq to see how the conflicts sweeping across Iraq and Syria are devastating children’s lives. He worked with UNICEF to help provide food and water, child protection services, and healthcare to those families in need.
“Ewan McGregor is not only a multi-talented individual, but has led by example in showing that even one person can make a huge difference in the life of a child,” said Kieran Breen, chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles. “Given his most recent work in Iraq, and ongoing commitment to the fight against the horrific conditions in which children there are living, he is most deserving of this honor. We are thrilled to be able to recognize his work and shed light on the initiatives about which he is most passionate.”
Ang Lee will be honored with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing, Samuel L. Jackson will receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment, and Ricky Gervais will be honored with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.
McGregor will star in his directorial debut “American Pastoral” opposite Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning. Lionsgate will release the film on Oct. 21.
He also recently wrapped production on “Trainspotting 2,” which hits theaters on Feb. 3.