The Absolutely Fabulous actress will receive BAFTA’s highest honour at this year’s British Academy Television Awards.
Joanna Lumley will join the likes of Sir Bruce Forsyth, Julie Walters and Sir David Attenborough in recognition of “an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games” throughout their career.
The actress is widely known for her role as Patsy Stone in the long-running British comedy series Absolutely Fabulous. She first played the role in 1992. Her breakout role was in hit British spy show The New Avengers, opposite Patrick Macnee. A sequel to ’60s global hit The Avengers the show was seen in over 120 countries worldwide.
Recently, she has appeared in The Wolf of Wall Street and presented the travel programme Joanna Lumley’s Japan.
Following the announcement, 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.”
The Chair of BAFTA, Jane Lush, commented on Lumley’s achievements:
“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 honouring her with the Fellowship this year, the highest honour that the Academy bestows.”
The British Academy Television Awards will be held at the Royal Festival Hall and hosted by Sue Perkins. The awards will be broadcast on BBC One at 8pm on Sunday, May 14.