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BAFTA To Honour Nolan North With Special Award

Nolan North will receive the Award on Monday 11th June in Los Angeles

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is to honour Nolan North with a Special Award at an event at The London West Hollywood on Monday 11 June. The event, which takes place on the eve of the E3 games conference in Los Angeles (12-14 June), is part of BAFTA’s ever-increasing global games activity. The award will be presented to Nolan North, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to performance in games. Previous games professionals to receive a BAFTA Special Award include Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill (on behalf of Riot Games), Brenda Romero, Amy Hennig and Markus Persson.

Nick Button-Brown, Chair of BAFTA’s Games Committee, said: “We are thrilled to present our first special award in games performance to Nolan North. His singular talents, in both voice and mocap performance, help to tell incredible stories and make our game worlds so much more interesting. He has created some of the most beloved characters in games for almost 20 years, setting the standard as a pioneer of the range of exceptional performances we enjoy in the medium today.  BAFTA is committed to celebrating and promoting the very best in games artistry, therefore I’m especially glad that BAFTA is taking this moment to honour Nolan, and through him the essential role that performance plays in games.”

North said, of receiving the Special Award: “To be recognized for one’s work is always special, but to be recognized by BAFTA is truly an honor. I am humbled beyond words.”

North’s games career as an actor began in 1999. In his 20 year career he has voiced characters on over 180 titles, in both lead and supporting roles. In 2007, with the phenomenal success of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, North became a household name for his portrayal of lead character Nathan Drake, a characterisation that would ultimately span four games and 10 years. Other notable video performance work includes roles as Desmond Miles in the Assassin’s Creed series, David in The Last of Us, Ghost in Destiny and Destiny 2, the Penguin in the Batman: Arkham series, Corrupted Cores in Portal 2, Vossler in Final Fantasy XII, Eradan in Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Doctor Edward Richtofen in the Call of Duty games, and multiple Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2 characters.

North has previously been BAFTA-nominated three times in the Performer category in 2012, 2013 and 2017.

 

Event details:

Monday 11 June at The London, West Hollywood, 1020 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA

19.15       Doors Open

19.30       Event begins, Special Award Presentation

20.30       Drinks and Canapes

 

The event is by invitation only, please contact awards@bafta.org for more information.

 

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Naila Malik
Naila graduated with a Master’s in Digital Game Design and Theory from Brunel University. As a game designer, Naila appreciates the complexities of combining game mechanics and sound design to create memorable experiences. A huge fan of Metal Gear Solid, she has a Foxhound tattoo on her back and you can find her humming the theme song whenever she’s sneaking in other games.

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