The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson joined Sir Christopher Lee
in celebrating Lee’s upcoming British Film Institute Fellowship. Lee is best known for his roles as Count Dracula and Saruman in the “Lord of the Rings” franchise, in which he can next be seen when the second and third installments of “The Hobbit” trilogy are released. The BFI fellowship which is the highest honor the BFI bestows is awarded to individuals in recognition of their
outstanding contribution to film or television and past recipients include Tim Burton, David Cronenberg and Ralph Fiennes.
The ninety-one year old actor with more than two hundred and fifty film credits to his name says, “It is a great privilege to be included
amongst such a distinguished group of predecessors who have received
this Award from the BFI.”
Chief Executive Amanda Nevill says, “The
BFI Fellowship is awarded to those at the pinnacle of their profession.
It is a truly illustrious moment to be honouring Sir Christopher Lee
for his enormous and unique
contribution to film during a Festival that is committed to
The BFI also announced the juries of it’s London Film Festival tapping film critic Phillip French as the President of the
Best Film Jury with fellow jurors Lone Scherfig, Stan Douglas, Miranda Richardson, Deborah Moggach and Rodrigo Prieto.