There ain’t nothing like a Dame. BAFTA will present Helen
Mirren with its highest honor, the Fellowship, at the BAFTA Awards ceremony taking
place at London’s Royal Opera House on February 16.
The Fellowship is bestowed by the Brit Academy to an individual
in recognition of her or his outstanding contribution to film, television or
Previous honorees include the likes of Charlie Chaplin,
Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley
Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave,
Christopher Lee and Martin Scorsese. Sir Alan Parker received the Fellowship at
last year’s Film Awards.
Mirren will add the honor to her already four BAFTA wins and
seven nominations, as well as her Oscar (“The Queen”), three Golden Globes and
four Emmys. She stated:
“This is the greatest professional honour I can imagine,
certainly one I never dreamt of as a schoolgirl in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. To
join that list of legendary names is overwhelming.”