Ricky Gervais to be honoured with Charlie Chaplin comedy award


Ricky Gervais is to be honoured by Bafta Los Angeles with an award named after Britain's most famous silent movie actor.

The Office star will receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for excellence in comedy at a ceremony in California in October.

Chantal Rickards, chief executive of Bafta LA, said: "Ricky Gervais is a comic genius. He is provocative, edgy, and his observations on life have brought us some of the best comedy moments ever in television and film.

Ricky Gervais arrives at the Golden Globes
Ricky Gervais arrives at the Golden Globes (Jordan Strauss/AP)

"He crosses the pond with consummate ease, continues to push the comedic boundaries, and we're looking forward to raising a glass to his incomparable talents at the Britannia Awards."

Previous winners of the award have included US comedienne Amy Schumer, Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Sacha Baron Cohen, who shocked the audience with a prank during his acceptance speech in 2013 when he pushed an elderly woman in a wheelchair off the stage.

Ricky, who has won three Golden Globes, two Primetime Emmys and seven Baftas during his career, is returning with his most famous comic creation in the upcoming film, David Brent: Life On The Road, which is released in cinemas next month.

Ricky Gervais as David Brent
Ricky Gervais as David Brent (Richard Hardcastle)

Ang Lee will be honoured with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for excellence in directing, while Samuel L. Jackson will receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for worldwide contribution to entertainment.

The awards will be hosted for a second year by comedian Jack Whitehall and take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 28.