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Joanna Lumley to be new BAFTA Film Awards host

Joanna Lumley

Story by Jack Foley

JONNA Lumley is to replace Stephen Fry as host of this year’s BAFTA Film Awards.

The Absolutely Fabulous actress will be the first female host since Mariella Frostrup co-presented with Fry in 2001.

Lumley was confirmed as host after this year’s nominations were announced – led by Guillermo Del Toro’s fantasy romance The Shape of Water, which is up for 12 prizes.

She said: “Honestly, how exciting is this?” It’s just so unbelievably thrilling. Who thought I’d turn into Stephen Fry? I want to thank BAFTA so much for asking me to do this. I said ‘yes’ indecently quickly.”

This year’s film awards ceremony will take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

Lumley got a rapturous reception when she received the BAFTA Fellowship at the BAFTA TV Awards last May.