North, best known for voicing Nathan Drake in the “Uncharted” series and Desmond Miles in the “Assassin’s Creed” series, has voiced characters in more than 180 titles over the course of his 20-year career. After the success of “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune” in 2007, North became one of the most recognizable names (and voices) in the gaming industry.
“To be recognized for one’s work is always special, but to be recognized by BAFTA is truly an honor,” North said. “I am humbled beyond words.”
The chair of BAFTA’s Games Committee, Nick Button-Brown, credited North’s “singular talents” in voice and motion-capture performance in a press release.
“BAFTA is committed to celebrating and promoting the very best in games artistry,” Button-Brown said. “Therefore I’m especially glad that BAFTA is taking this moment to honor Nolan, and through him the essential role that performance plays in games.”
Nolan is not the first of the gaming industry to receive a BAFTA Special Award. Past recipients include Amy Hennig, writer and director of the first three “Uncharted” games, and Markus Persson, creator of “Minecraft.”
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This will be North’s first BAFTA award. He was previously nominated in BAFTA’s performer category in 2012, 2013, and 2017.
Nolan will be presented the award at the London in West Hollywood on June 11, just a day before E3 2018 begins.