Critically-acclaimed actress Claire Foy will receive the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year presented by Burberry at the 2017 AMD British Academy Britannia Awards.
She joins previously announced host Jack Whitehall, as well as honorees Dick Van Dyke, who will receive the Britannia Award for Excellence in Television, and Ava DuVernay, who will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing presented by The GREAT Britain Campaign.
“Claire is the perfect encapsulation of the enduring legacy of British talent succeeding on a global stage. Her performances this year have been nothing short of phenomenal, including of course her iconic role in The Crown portraying the longest ever serving British monarch in history,” said BAFTA Los Angeles Chairman Kieran Breen. “BAFTA is committed to celebrating extraordinary British talents on a global platform, and we could not think of a more deserving and timely honoree for the British Artist of the Year Award.”
This year’s event will take place on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The event's title sponsor is AMD, and the ceremony presented by Jaguar Land Rover and American Airlines.
The British Artist of the Year presented by Burberry pays tribute to a talented British artist whose outstanding performances in a year have demonstrated the high quality of their craftsmanship. Whether an emerging talent, or an established name, the British Artist of the Year presented by Burberry honors a person who represents the best of British talent. Prior recipients include Felicity Jones, James Corden, Emma Watson, Daniel Craig, Kate Winslet, Tilda Swinton, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Blunt, Michael Sheen, and Rachel Weisz.
Burberry has a long-standing history of supporting and celebrating creative talent – from film and fashion to music and theatre, through a series of global events and initiatives including BAFTA Breakthrough Brits, Burberry Acoustic, runway shows, brand events and the support of emerging talent awards.
The AMD British Academy Britannia Awards is BAFTA’s biggest event outside of the UK, where Brits and anglophiles alike come together in Los Angeles in celebration of exceptional members of the creative community who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the US, UK and beyond. The AMD Britannia Awards are BAFTA Los Angeles’ highest accolades, recognizing both outstanding British talent, and exceptional international talent by virtue of their strong connection to British entertainment through their body of work. Known to be an enjoyable evening that captures a unique blend of sincerity and British irreverence, the evening also serves to celebrate the long-standing collaboration between the British and American industries. Proceeds from the event support BAFTA’s Access for All campaign, a range of impactful educational initiatives created to provide a foot-in-the-door and a pathway to success for talented individuals, uninhibited by background, demographics or personal circumstance.