On October 28, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, super-fly TBB Favourite Ben Bailey Smith, AKA rapper Doc Brown, hosted BAFTA’s big night out in Hollywood – the annual British Academy Britannia Awards, in celebration of exceptional individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the US, UK and beyond.
The gala celebration has gained a reputation as an enjoyable evening that captures a unique British blend of sincerity and irreverence. It also celebrates the long-standing collaboration between the British and American industries. The Britannia Awards are BAFTA Los Angeles’ highest accolades, recognising outstanding British talent, and exceptional international talent with strong connections to the British industry through their body of work.
It is also cynically recognised as an early opportunity to get potential Oscar contenders in front of an industry crowd holding or presenting a statuette!
Amongst such A-list presenters as Tom Hanks, Brie Larson, Jake Gyllenhaal, our own Gugu Mbatha-Raw took her place and had the pleasure of presenting the Britannia Humanitarian Award to the all-round fabulous Ewan McGregor for the work he has-been doing with Unicef to help children and refugees around the world. They will be co-starring in the upcoming Beauty and The Beast (March 17th 2017), but she also has a strong supporting turn in the upcoming Miss Sloane, alongside star Jessica Chastain and Mark Strong (November 25th 2016).
Samuel L. Jackson was deservedly honoured with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment. Other awards were presented to Felicity Jones (British Artist of the Year), Jodie Foster (Stanley Kubrick Britannia for Excellence in Film), Ang Lee (John Schlesinger Britannia for Excellence in Directing) and Ricky Gervais (Charlie Chaplin Britannia for Excellence in Comedy).
Bailey Smith is a multi-talented creative who raps, acts, directs, performs stand-up comedy and writes for stage and screen, including Strange Hill High with Richard Ayoade and the BAFTA-winning Four O’clock Club, both for CBBC. Most recently, he was PC Johnny Daniels in ITV’s Brief Encounters (July) [Read our interview here http://www.thebritishblacklist.com/ben-bailey-smith-pc-joh…/]. Then, in August, he starred in Gervais’ David Brent: Life on the Road, as musician Dom Johnson, emotional support for Brent during his bid to realise his rock-star dreams by touring Berkshire’s less-than-glamorous nightspots. An unlikely surrogate father figure!
Bailey-Smith also had his children’s book, I Am Bear published by Walker Books in January 2016.
Bailey-Smith remains busy writing and developing other projects, with another feature, The Artist set for release next year, AND, he will be hosting the British Academy Children’s Awards in London next month.
Loving the impressive mark, he is making in the international entertainment community!