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Redgrave to receive BAFTA fellowship


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will honour Vanessa Redgrave with the Academy Fellowship at the Orange British Academy Film Awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on February 21.

Awarded annually by the Academy, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film. Previously honourees include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Julie Christie, John Barry, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins and Judi Dench. Last year’s recipient was Terry Gilliam.

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BAFTA Chair David Parfitt said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be awarding the fellowship to Vanessa. She is a hugely talented and respected actress who has served as an inspiration to the British film industry.”

Redgrave, 73, said, “I’m truly delighted, it’s such an honour to be recognised in this way. Looking through the list of past recipients shows what a wonderful accolade this is, and the fact that Alfred Hitchcock was the very first recipient makes it even more special, as my father made his first film with him.”

Redgrave was acclaimed in 1967 for Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment, which saw her first BAFTA nomination along with the first of six Oscar and eleven Golden Globe nominations. Redgrave won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Julia (1977).

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, alongside Peter O’Toole and Leslie Phillips. Future film projects include Gary Winick’s Letters to Juliet with Amanda Seyfried and Gael Garcia Bernal, and Larysa Kondracki’s The Whistleblower with Rachel Weisz and Monica Bellucci.

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