It has recently been announced at Hollywood actor, Ben Stiller, will be awarded the British Academy of Film and Television’s prestigious Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.
The awards themselves might not take place until November, but the names of those receiving honorary awards have already been announced. BAFTA chairman, Nigel Lythgoe, has praised Stiller various contributions to the world of comedy over the years, with the actor having also written, directed and produced a number of high profile movies.
Some of his most notable roles include Greg Focker, in ‘Meet the Parents’, as well as its sequels, and Roger Greenberg in the 2010 movie titled ‘Greenberg’. If you’ve ever sat playing Partypoker while your children watch the computer animated ‘Madagascar’ films, then you might also recognise that Stiller is the voice of Alex the, lion. His first ever movie role was in the 1987 coming of age movie, ‘Empire of the Sun’, in which he played a much smaller role. Perhaps one of his most well-recognised characters would be that of the lead in the 2001 comedy, ‘Zoolander’, which he also co-wrote and directed.
Actress Helena Bonham Carter, Disney animator John Lasseter and ‘Harry Potter’ director David Yates are amongst those who are also set to receive special recognition at this year’s event. Stiller is reportedly set to receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy, which last year was awarded to the American actress, comedienne, singer, author, and former game show personality, Betty White.
Stiller’s next movie role will see him star in a Brett Ratner’s upcoming crime comedy, ‘Tower Heist’, alonside the likes of Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, and Eddie Murphy. He is also expected to make a cameo appearance in next year’s much anticipated puppet movie, The Muppets.