Actor, writer and director Chiwetel Ejiofor has been confirmed as this year’s recipient of the British Independent Film Awards’ Richard Harris award. The award, which was introduced in 2002 in honour of legendary entertainer Richard Harris, will be presented to Ejiofor on the 6th of December, in recognition of an outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.
The award will be handed to Ejiofor in recognition of his remarkable service to the film industry, as the actor has been an ambassador for British film on an international level for a number of years. Perhaps most notably, Chiwetel has been credited for his involvement in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Amistad’, Richard Curtis’ ‘Love Actually’ and Steve McQueen’s Oscar winning ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ amid many other productions.
Actor and son of Richard Harris, Jared, has stated “I am so happy this award is going to Chiwetel. Although the recipients of this award have all been embraced by the establishment, they all come from outside it, fought their way in on the strength of their talent, claimed their place and changed their status quo. A journey which describes Chiwetel’s career perfectly. His talent is immense, it has brought him deserved worldwide recognition, and he is in his prime!”.
The 38-year-old is set to star in John Hillcoat’s crime drama ‘Triple Nine’ alongside Kate Winslet, Casey Affleck and Aaron Paul in the New Year.
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