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Sacha Baron Cohen to get Bafta LA comedy award

Sacha Baron Cohen
Image caption Cohen's latest movie The Dictator made $177m (£109m) worldwide

British comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen is to be presented with Bafta LA's Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award at a ceremony on 9 November.

Cohen, who hit the international stage playing comedy characters Ali G and Borat, has since starred in Les Miserables and Martin Scorsese's Hugo.

He recently pulled out of playing the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

Also being honoured is Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, who will be named British artist of the year.

George Clooney is being presented with the Stanley Kubrick award for excellence in film, Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow will accept the John Schlesinger award for directing and Sir Ben Kingsley is being honoured with the Albert R Broccoli award for his contribution to entertainment.

Cohen has previously won two Bafta TV awards for Da Ali G Show, which he starred in and co-wrote.

His 2006 film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan won a Golden Globe and received an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay.

The 41-year-old, from London, is married to The Great Gatsby actress Isla Fisher, with whom he has two children.

The Bafta LA awards lunch will be shown on in the US on BBC America on 10 November.

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