BAFTA TV Awards: Joanna Lumley to be honored with BAFTA Fellowship on May 14

At Sunday’s BAFTA TV Awards, Joanna Lumley will receive the BAFTA Fellowship. This is the highest honor of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and is akin to a lifetime achievement award. Lumley has won two of her six BAFTA bids, taking home the Light Entertainment Performance (1993) and Comedy Performance (1995) prizes for “Absolutely Fabulous. “

In making the announcement, BAFTA chair Jane Lush said: “From high-kicking her way into our hearts as Purdey in ‘The New Avengers’ to showcasing her enviable comedic credentials with her portrayal of Patsy Stone in ‘Absolutely Fabulous,’ Joanna Lumley is a true icon of television, and so I am truly delighted that BAFTA will be honoring her with the Fellowship this year.”

For her part Lumley said, “Nothing could make me prouder or happier than being awarded this phenomenal honour. To be counted amongst the greatest talents and stars of our industry is an awesome gift: the BAFTA Fellowship is the grandest and most unexpected prize I have ever had the joy of receiving.”

Past TV honorees include “Absolutely Fabulous” creator Jennifer Saunders and her comedy partner Dawn French, Bruce Forsyth, Melvyn Bragg, Michael Palin, Trevor MacDonald, David Attenborough and Julie Walters. Ray Galton and Alan Simpson received the Fellowship at last year’s TV Awards.

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